USMNT submits petition to FIFA for Johannsson's national team switch

USMNT submits petition to FIFA for Johannsson's national team switch

U.S. Men's National Team

USMNT submits petition to FIFA for Johannsson's national team switch

Aron Johannsson AZ (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

If Iceland were hoping to prevent Aron Johannsson from trying to switch allegiances to the U.S. Men’s National Team with their recent pitch to him, they failed miserably.

Hours after Iceland released a statement encouraging Johannsson to think twice about which team he wanted to play for internationally, U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday afternoon that Johannsson had informed them of his desire to apply for a change of association in international competition. As a result, U.S. Soccer submitted a petition for that to FIFA and is expecting a successful completion.

“We are excited that Aron has chosen to pursue his international career with the United States,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in a statement. “We have been in contact with him for the last several months. He is a great young talent with a bright future, and we look forward to introducing him to our team as soon as possible.”

While there is no timetable on how long it will take for FIFA to complete the process, U.S. Soccer is planning on inviting Johannsson to his first U.S. camp for the game against Bosnia on Aug. 14 in Sarajevo.

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