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Aron Johannsson

  • DOB November 10, 1990
  • Age 23
  • Place of birth Mobile, Alabama
  • POSITION Forward
  • HEIGHT 6'0"
  • WEIGHT 165
  • U.S. CAPS 9
  • CLUB AZ Alkmaar
  • TWITTER @aronjo20 (192K followers)
  • Current ASN 100 Rank 12
  • Previous ASN 100 Rank 7
Aron Johannsson, AZ Alkmaar's sleek 23-year-old forward, is an unlikely United States national team player. Although he was born in Mobile, Alabama, he spent his childhood in Iceland and used to represent that country on the U-21 level. But a string of impressive performances in 2012 sparked the hope that he would change his allegiance (or that Jurgen Klinsmann would call the young man).

And he did.

Johannsson played in the August 2013 friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina, and must have made a positive impression because Klinsmann added the striker to his roster for the September 2013 World Cup qualifiers versus Costa Rica and Mexico. Expectations are skyrocketing for the Kevin Bacon lookalike.

Those expectations have only grown as "Aron Bacon" devours the Dutch league with a level not seen by an American striker since, well, Jozy Altidore the year before. His performances for both club and country have been electrifying and lend credence to the thought that the recent addition will play a big role in Brazil, whether it's partnering with Altidore, playing a withdrawn role, or coming off the bench to jolt the attack.

Noteworthy Reads

Aron Johannsson in Big Demand (SportingNews.com)
Aron Johannsson Starts Strong (NYTimes.com)
AmericanSoccerNow.