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- 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 (193K followers)
- Current ASN 100 Rank 12
- Previous ASN 100 Rank 7
WORLD CUP STATUS: ON THE PLANE
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).
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the thought that the recent addition will play a big role in Brazil, whether it's partnering with Altidore, playing a withdrawn role, or coming off the bench to jolt the attack.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 ReadsAron Johannsson in Big Demand (SportingNews.com)
Aron Johannsson Starts Strong (NYTimes.com)