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Johannsson cleared to play for USMNT vs. Bosnia

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By DAN KARELL

On Tuesday, the U.S. Men’s National Team received the news they were hoping for.

U.S. Soccer announced that FIFA has approved Aron Johannsson’s one-time switch to become a member of the USMNT setup, clearing the way for Johannsson to make his debut in Wednesday’s friendly match in Sarajevo vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Johannsson announced on July 29 that he wanted to pledge his future to the USMNT over Iceland, the nation where he grew up after spending the first two years of his life in Alabama. On Monday, the AZ Alkmaar forward was included in the USMNT roster, and now he’s officially eligible to play for the squad going forward.

What do you make of this news? Excited to see Johannsson suit up for the USMNT tomorrow? What are your expectations of him? Do you see him starting or coming off the bench?

Share your thoughts below.

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    • 2 OKC teams 1 cup

      Think so? I would be surprised if he got the start after just joining the team. Hope he plays at least 30 though

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      • Jesse D

        Jurgen’s quote was “If all goes well in the game, hopefully we can get his debut tomorrow”. Sounds like he isn’t starting.

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    • Yankeedom

      EJ will start. You don’t fly him from Seattle to Bosnia only to have him come off the bench for the last 20 mins of a match.

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      • ACS

        You fly him over thinking Johannsson doesn’t get cleared in time and Johnson starts. Johannsson is cleared earlier than they thought and then Johnson doesn’t start.

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  • Ezy9time

    Awesome news, hope to see him tomorrow. At last FIFA actually does something right!

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    • Increase

      I would rather a sub. I mean… he has been with the team for like… a week. Let Boyd play some.

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      • Jesse D

        agreed, these guys will need to earn their spots. Both JAB and AJ should come in as subs, althought with the Orosco injury maybe JAB is forced into duty. Lord knows I don’t want to see Ream get pushed out of the way anymore.

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      • Andy in Atlanta

        So I guess we are back to trashing EJ again? Nobody has said the guy is a world beater but he has done his job for the Nats this past year…

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      • Tim H.

        I agree. People put down EJ, but he has been been solid for the USMNT, revived his career on the club and international level, and has speed that we can still utilize. Why do people feel the need to put down an American that has fought his way back from obscurity to being a contributor?

        I’d take Aron or even Boyd over him, but let’s not berate EJ for bouncing back to be a solid option for Jurgen.

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      • Dc

        I have been talking trash about EJ now for about ten years straight, but that all stopped this year. He definitely deserves more respect these days. He seems much more aggressive pressuring the ball now, and makes better runs, and hey, is scoring important goals.

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    • Say What?

      Ej is a wing player more often than not in Klinsmann’s America.

      No EJ and Altidore uptop together.

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    • louis z

      ????
      you think? I can’t remember that I seen that combo before. EJ is JK’s LW when FJ is not playing it.

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  • ilikefreddyyesadu

    I’d like to see him go 90 with Altidore & Boyd each getting a chance to play a half with him. I also want to see the Bradley/Diskerud combo but that is for another page…

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  • Mason

    Hope someone re-tweeted that at the Icelandic Federation. They deserve it after that letter.

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    • George Friday

      They deserve to be pissed, just like all the US fan boys were upset when Rossi said scr3w you to his nation of birth to play for Italy. At least in his case, his folks where Eye-talian.

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      • Jesse D

        I do kind of feel bad for the Icelandic fan. I remember how frustrating it was when Rossi left.

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      • Paul

        Agree that they should be pissed, but that he is exercising an option that all of us with dual citizenships/nationalities have.

        Btw, as a side note, you know most countries do not grant you citizenship just because you were born there. Virtually all European, Asian and African countries will not grant you citizenship just because you were born there.

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      • SanFran415

        France, Germany, the UK and several others in Europe grant citizenship by birth on soil if one of your parents is a permanent resident.

        It’s pretty close to you just need to be born there.

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      • slowleftarm

        Actually it isn’t because in Johansson’s case, his parents were just studying here so he wouldn’t have become a citizen.

        The US is virtually unique in bestowing citizenship based solely on being born here. And, of course, there are good and valid reasons for that, going back to reconstruction.

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      • SanFran415

        22% of the nations on this world bestows citizenship based on being born on the soil.

        12 of those 42 nations have a slightly added requirement that a parent be a permanent resident–not even a citizen but simply somebody working or studying long term.

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      • edmondo

        However, an overwhelming majority of those countries who have “Jus Soil” are in the Americas. Virtually all the other 10 or so countries who give citizenship by birth require at least 1 parent to be a Citizen or permanent/legal resident.

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      • edmondo

        That being said, I can’t wait to see to our forward line for the next 6 years or so: AJ, Jozy, Boyd …wow! They are between 21-23. Don’t forget you have guys like Gatt, Corana Aguadelo on the wings.

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      • slowleftarm

        Attempts to portray me as a right-winger are both childish and inaccurate.

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      • BamaMan

        Yeah, that’s factually accurate but your analysis is completely wrong. It’s not close at all. To get residential status, you pretty much have to prove bloodlines in that country or bloodlines to someone who was allowed to immigrate decades ago. Germany has 2nd and 3rd generation folks with undocumented status because of their opposition to birthright citizenship.

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      • Gary Page

        It has been a staple of English common law since the late 17th century and is not as uncommon as you think.

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      • Nathan

        Sure, fans absolutely have the right to be pissed. That doesn’t change the fact that the FA was entirely unprofessional in their public statement. Saying that they hope the fans and the media put pressure on him to change his mind? That was a bit too “five year old throwing a tantrum” for me. Saying there was no logic to his decision? Patently false. It was a poor statement for them to come out with. I cut them a little slack because it sounds like it was their first experience losing a dual national, but not much.

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      • George Friday

        I agree with the Iceland FA. The only logic to his decision is that he wants to play a world cup. If he could do so with Iceland, it would be a safe bet to think that he would choose them.

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  • Wayfinder

    Just an observation we may have starting an E Johnson, a F Johnson, and a A Johannson.

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    • THomas

      Johnson is just a simplified, Americanized, Ellis Island version of Johannson or Johannsen. So in the end, isn’t he more American than us all?

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      • juan

        If Johnson is Americanized/Ellis Island version of Johannson a lot of people in Great Britain, Canada, and Australia are going be confused and suprised

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      • Matt

        considering that the Angles and Saxons invaded England (from Denmark- a Scandanavian country) and controlled large swaths of it, it shouldn’t be that surprising. Of course the Vikings attacked the Anglo-Saxons bringing additional Scandanavian influence into England. Then again, Juanes and Ivanovitch or just other forms of Johnson too; I mean how rare can the name be in the Christian world when it means the son of John.

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      • Eurosnob

        Careful, THomas, Slowleftarm might ask to see his birth certificate and the proof of residence.

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  • louisz

    This is great news!
    I also would like to see Jozy at the FS and Johannsson as the SS.
    JK comments indicate that AJ may get some playing time if the game is going “well”

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  • Brad C

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh aaaaaaaa, Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh, aaaaaaaa… He comes from the land of the ice and snow, From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow. The hammer of the gods will drive our team to new lands, To fight the horde, singing and crying: Valhalla, I am scoring! On we play with threshing feet, Our only goal will be the World Cup. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh aaaaaaaa….

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  • biff

    I am wondering about the effect on team chemistry with so many new dual nationals coming on board the USMNT, which basically means guys who have been carrying the load now for over a year in World Cup qualifying and sweating blood for the cause and doing a very good job for the shirt–well, at least a couple of those guys will not be rewarded with a ticket next summer for the WC 2014 in Brazil because of the new guys. Would it make sense to now put a hold on any more new dual nationals until after WC 2014? Or do we just keep rolling along and say the more the merrier? Just askin’.

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    • SanFran415

      It’s like you intentionally ignore everything Klinsmann says, create straw mans and act like you’re knocking them down.

      Since day one, Klinsmann has said that the best player will play. Not good enough? Push yourself harder. What is this cliche nonsense of the guys that put in so much work?

      And chemistry? Jozy was advocating for AJ publicly before his switch even went through. Sounds like chemistry will be just fine since they’d play right next to each other.

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      • Dc

        this is exactly right. put the best players on the field. these guys are athletes and have been competing for spots their entire careers. that is what makes great players.

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    • 2 OKC teams 1 cup

      Depends. I think the consensus with US soccer is that both of these guys talent/upside is too big to ignore.

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      • Eurosnob

        The key players, who made the difference in the WCQ games, will go to Brazil. However, some of the fringe players (e.g., Wondo, Gooch, Tim Ream) might be left behind, but they were on the bubble anyway. Brooks has the talent to develop into a world class CB and Johannsson also has high upside. Both are great additions.

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    • Michael V

      Take “dual nationals” out of your words and replace with “new players”. JK is bringing new players into the mix. It just happens they are dual nationals. The same concerns of chemistry are present whether the new players hold single or dual citizenship. There is no entitlement. New players are brought on every World Cup cycle late in the process. See Herculez Gomez; See Edson Buddle. See Pablo Mastroeni. Being a single or dual national does not give you an advantage. The bottom line is that competition is never a bad thing. Bringing in and introducing new players is exactly that — competition. Professionals should be used to that. They should understand competition makes one better. That’s why I don’t see Johannsson disrupting chemistry one bit.

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      • 2 OKC teams 1 cup

        Plus this doesn’t strike me as a Tim Chandler situation, where he was very reluctant to accept callups. These guys seem eager to prove themselves and fit with the team

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    • slowleftarm

      Oooh careful Biff, any criticism of Germericans will get people up in arms. Now that we’ve expanded dual nationals beyond the Germericans, I suppose we’ll have to create a new word to describe them. Any suggestions?

      Of course your point is valid. Guy who actually deserve to be on the plane to Brazil will be at home because of Klinsmann’s infatuation with these guys. And sure, I guess you can say they don’t deserve to be on the plane if someone else is better. And that’s true. Except that these guys don’t belong in the player pool because they have little connection, if any, to the US or American soccer.

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      • SanFran415

        F*cking ban this guy already.

        American citizens. Period. End of story. Go back to rural Georgia or wherever the hell you crawled out of.

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      • slowleftarm

        I guess your reaction to anyone saying things you don’t agree with is to ban them.

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      • Nate Dollars

        ah yes, because xenophobes must be from the south.

        he’s a red bulls fan. which really tells you all you need to know about him. ; P

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      • SanFran415

        lol

        I picked rural to be careful about that. Lots of pockets of more progressive individuals in bigger cities.

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      • slowleftarm

        Yes because demanding that contrary opinions be banned is “progressive” right?

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      • Falsify

        Why don’t you argue your points instead of acting like you are being oppressed. Nobody is buying it.

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      • K-Town

        Whoa bro. I was with you until you ironically tolf Slowleftarm to go back to rural Georgia. I mean when you consider that Johannsson was born in Alabama.

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      • BamaMan

        As a native of the rural South, I resent that remark. I am pumped as heck about Johannson because he’s an exceptionally talented American citizen. And he’s from Alabama.

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    • louisz

      That is a good question, I guess all the players would want the team to get better as long as it doesn’t affect them :-)

      But the botton line is, if the player is better than what we have should we hold it against the new player for being that good?

      My answer is NO. but I would have an issue if a players wants to switch 2 months before the WC. Parker! are you reading this? don’t wait too long.

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  • Eurosnob

    My understanding is that, if a player has been approved to make a one time switch, it cap ties him and he can no longer switch back. Does anyone know if this is accurate?

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    • Jesse D

      He is in fact now a US player. Done, he cannot switch again. Technically he isn’t “cap tied”. That is just semantics though. The result is exactly the same though. He can only play for us, from now on.

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  • Kodi

    I haven’t seen him play but in his highlights online. Can someone more knowledgable explain his skill set, strengths,weaknesses, potential ceiling,etc… What’s the buzz on this guy in Europe? Who would you compare his game to?

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    • SanFran415

      He’s regarded as one of the very good to great young strikers in Europe. He walked right into an Eredivise team and started next to Jozy–scoring even more frequently than Jozy was.

      Look for him on an EPL/Liga/Bund team or Kevin Bacon stunt double in a couple years.

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      • slowleftarm

        What are you talking about? Dude has played a grand total of 7 games for AZ and you’re crowning him the next great striker in world football. Get a grip.

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      • SanFran415

        I used the words “very good.”

        Enjoy that straw man. Garbage.

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      • Kevin

        And “great” which would put him on the level of other great players like Mario Balotelli

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      • SanFran415

        Mario Balotelli is considered world class and a world best player.

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      • slowleftarm

        Wow, your absurd political comments had masked the fact you know absolutely nothing about football. I guess now I know better.

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      • louisz

        I think you are stretching a bit re: playing with Juzy, he was his replacement and only played together a total of less than 15 minutes.

        His stock is in the rise but I wouldn’t say he is a great young striker in Europe…yet.

        He has a knack for scoring even when he was playing as a sub for Jozy.

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    • 2 OKC teams 1 cup

      Tidy and efficient. Never seems to have a wayward touch. Positioning seems good, many of his goals have come from rebounds. Question marks would probably be physical attributes, but its tough to tell. AZ are really high on him and his production so far has been outstanding

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    • RNG

      Nice touch. Pretty good speed. Good vision and ability to connect with teammates. Passes well and makes good runs. Somewhat slight, can be pushed around a little. Playing on and off as a focal point target striker for AZ as JA did, but AJ may be best as second striker. Still hasn’t totally gelled with AZ, but their team is a lot weaker this year. He is very smooth, and has lots of upside potential.

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      • Travis in Miami

        ” The terms Scandinavia and Scandinavian entered usage in the 18th century as terms for the three Scandinavian countries, their peoples and associated language and culture, being introduced by the early linguistic and cultural Scandinavist movement. Sometimes the term Scandinavia is also taken to include Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Finland, on account of their historical association with the Scandinavian countries”

        So sometimes it is

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  • slowleftarm

    So if we convince 11 guys with little connection to the US to play for the USMNT and we reach the QFs in Brazil is that something we should celebrate?

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    • Nate Dollars

      little connection, other than being US citizens who want to represent the US on a soccer field?

      hell yes.

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      • slowleftarm

        Yes because the klan is known for its hatred of blonde haired blue eyed guys. Your ability to act like a grown up when people have views you don’t like is far more “klan-like” than any of my statements.

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      • SanFran415

        Act like a grown up? You have no idea what acting like a grown up means.

        You think you get to define and choose who plays for this nation and have your own criteria? No. You don’t. There are set criteria. Your opinions are CLEARLY rooted in xenophobia towards those you don’t “approve” or accept of as American–despite them meeting the requirements.

        You have no legitimate argument. You’re nothing more than a bigot clothing yourself in depraved tolerant pockets of society that allow people like you to voice your beliefs and then claim persecution.

        And for your extremely uninformed opinion, the Ku Klux Klan hates a wide-range of things–not solely skin color, but were deeply rooted in xenophobia, religious persecution of non christians and whatever else they felt like at the time.

        Seriously? Act like a grown up?

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      • slowleftarm

        Yes grow up, because your childish foot-stomping is embarassing. And your attempts to shut down debate by calling me a bigot and calling for me to be banned is an unbecoming habit. You should really stop it.

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      • Falsify

        “So if we convince 11 guys with little connection..”

        This is so hilariously misinformed. Thanks for the laugh.

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      • Ben

        Actually, you need to stop. You’ve posted this on article after article, and now its tiresome and irritating. You have made your point, but most people don’t agree. So please stop, because now it’s becoming trolling.

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      • TheFrenchOne

        Even though i disagree with Slow’s underlying position, I keep stumbling upon SanFran’s idiotic comments on this topic and consistent lack of logic. KKK meeting… Really, that’s your lead-off argument?

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      • edmondo

        I do not agree with Slowleftarm, but to say that your statements are hyperbolic and off-base is kind to say the least. You just did a major disservice to yourself.

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      • MLSsnob

        I e been watching these comments for days now and I think it’s dangerous to throw around terms like bigot and xenophobe. Will I disagree with slowleftarm I don’t think his comments are racist. After all he’s not calling out jozy altidore, Eddie Johnson, Alejandro bedoya or Sean Johnson. What he’s saying is that players that don’t have a connection with this country are using it to further their own interests. I say if it makes us better I’m all for it however calli g the guy a bigot is not called for.

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      • Seriously

        No connection, like being fucking born here. He also came back here for some schooling later in life. It wasn’t his decision at 3 to move to Iceland with his parents.

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      • SwerveZ

        I’m sorry, but unless you’re FULL blooded Native American, your point is moot. This is a country built on the backs of immigrants, which I’m sure, your blood lines are. He was born here, end of story.

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      • TomG

        The Klan hates anyone who is different. They hate plenty of blonde haired blue eyed folk. When Al Smith, a Catholic ran for president, The school board of Daytona Beach, Fla., sent a note home with every student. It read simply: “We must prevent the election of Alfred E. Smith to the Presidency. If he is elected President, you will not be allowed to have or read a Bible.” Fliers informed voters that if Smith took the White House, all Protestant marriages would be annulled, their offspring rendered illegitimate on the spot.

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    • Kevin

      People will forget who played but remember we made it to the qf. It would be nice if those players were developed in the U.S., but the reality is we don’t produce enough quality players to field a competitive national team. Maybe in 20 years when MLS becomes a decent league.

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      • alf

        We do produce enough player to be competitive. If we don’t have those player that learned football overseas then our style adjusts but we would very competitive and feared.

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      • slowleftarm

        Well, we are as competitive as our players will allow us to be. That’s the point of international football. It isn’t the club game where you can go out and try to bring in better players. But that’s also part of its charm.

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      • edmondo

        I love arguments more than the next guy (as my legal education indicates). However, this record is becoming stale. FIFA regulations are black and white when it comes to playing for national teams. If a country defines you as a citizen, you are eligible to play for the team. He is American as defined by the 14th Amendment “Jus Soli”, therefore eligible. End of!

        Arguing little connection/America-ness is a dangerous. It could lead to residency, cultural, ethnic or racial exclusions. I had a friend in college tell he did not see Asians as are really Americans even if they were (unbelievable). I told him tell that to the Chinese who helped build the transcontinental railroad.

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      • slowleftarm

        Maybe on paper but I think guys who actually lived here for a meaningful period of time deserve the spot more.

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      • KenC

        The crux is your belief that “meaningful period of time” is somehow more important than place of birth, when the US has already decided that the “meaningful period of time” can be ZERO, as long as place of birth is the US of A.

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      • George Baldwin

        that is a rule of citizenship and country, not nationality and nations

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      • BamaMan

        The US Constitution recognizes birthright citizenship. We are now close to unique in the world in this respect. Everyone who is born here is a US citizen, regardless of circumstances. That has always been the law and I believe it always should be the law.

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      • edmondo

        Except the US defines Nationality broader than citizenship. Nationality extends to territories in the pacific etc.

        All U.S. citizens are also U.S. nation, but all Nationals are citizens. So he would still be eligible. He plays either way!

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      • George Baldwin

        No offense bro, but you need to read a few books on the difference between a nation and a country.

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      • edmondo

        er…no “bro” I don’t! Nationals are broader or more inclusive than Citizens. Samoans are nationals, but not citizens.

        8 USC § 1408 – Nationals but not citizens of the United States at birth

        “Unless otherwise provided in section 1401 of this title, the following shall be nationals, but not citizens, of the United States at birth:
        (1) A person born in an outlying possession of the United States on or after the date of formal acquisition of such possession;”

        http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1408

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      • George Baldwin

        woah woah bro, i’m not talking about a legal definition of nationality. I’m talking ’bout the feeling of belonging that people attach to a certain nation. Just like the Basque who don’t have a country of their own, belong to the Basque nation. A good book on the subject is imagined communities by benedict anderson

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      • Falsify

        He needs to read a few books? You can’t even bother to capitalize or punctuate when you write sentences.

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      • George Baldwin

        You can’t even reply in the right place! You sill how silly you look when you make comments like that.

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      • RNG

        Disagree.
        There are international rules about who can and cannot play on any given team. If a player fits the rules, then he is eligible. Otherwise, we get vague and emotional standards iike “lived here for a meaningful period of time.” How much time is meaningful? Whose time is more meaningful?
        AJ was born here. He came back and lived here as a teen. He will be a good addition to the USMNT. Sounds meaningful to me.

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      • 2 OKC teams 1 cup

        He chose to come to the IMG academy in Bradenton as a teen instead of staying in Iceland with his peers. Family visited the states every year apparently. His US connection (especially soccer-wise) is far less dubious than say, a Danny Williams.

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    • George Baldwin

      I agree with you leftarm, I have nothing against nationalized players playing for the US. A guy like Pablo Mastroeni, who came here as a young kid and has lived here, pretty much, his whole life is a-okay with me. A guy like Sinha, who came to Mexico from Brazil in his 20s and has since learned the language, married a mexican woman, has been explicit for his love of Mexico, I don’t think there is a problem with that. But a guy like A Johannson, who was born here to foreign exchange students, moved when he was still a toddler, and then spent a summer here in his teens, all the while playing with Iceland FA youth teams… Yeah, I’m not jumping the train on that one.

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      • Rami

        Spent a summer? He went to IMG academy, hardly spent just a summer here.

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      • George Baldwin

        I sure didn’t represent another country and then switch affiliations.

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      • Falsify

        Exactly, you’ll likely never work that hard be that talented. Keep analyzing people from your armchair. Personally I’m glad and proud that my country can draw talented individuals that want to change their allegiance. Look at people like Albert Einstein , or a sports example Hakeem Olajuwon.

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      • George Baldwin

        I never said I was going to be the next Pele. I am talented and work hard in other ways. And I won’t betray my nation just because I can get paid more in another country. Hey look, Albert Eistein decided to become American and live here. Sounds like he was more American than Mercenary Johannson.

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      • Danthenolefan

        Wait, so whatever your profession may be. If an English company came in and offered you 10x more than the American company you work for you wouldn’t go?

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      • Lost in Space

        Actual question for you:
        Say your job required you to move abroad. You and your wife have a 2 year old child…..do you leave your child for 16 years with your family in the states or do you take your child with you?
        If you take your child with you…and visit the states every or so….Is your child American Enough to represent the US?
        By slowleftarm and your argument he/she isn’t worthy to represent the USNT since they haven’t lived here or developed here.
        If you can’t see the flaw in your argument now….than it’s not worth discussing any further.

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      • George Baldwin

        Don’t put words in my mouth bro, because thats not at all what I said. Aron’s parents are not American. They are Icelandic. Aron grew up in Iceland. And spent maybe 3 years of his life here, mostly as a baby. It’s as if you went to angola for your work. Had your baby and lived there for two years and then moved back to US. Should your baby represent Angola? Maybe he can legally do it. But is he really Angolan? Is he part of the culture? Can he even speak portuguese?!?! If YOU can’t see that, than it’s not worth discussing any further.

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      • phillyfury

        If I can add my two cents. I’m a US-born national living abroad with two children, one of whom is a promising soccer player. Technically, he is qualified to play for the US, if it ever came to that. Do I consider him American? Not really. Doesn’t live there outside of the yearly visit for a few weeks. If he were play for the U.S. it would all be within the rules, but still somehow not right….

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      • George Baldwin

        and that’s with you being a US citizen. Now just imagine Aron with both parents from Iceland, having lived in Iceland for the majority of his life! Can’t be blamed if I think he has his career in mind in choosing to represent the US

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      • edmondo

        Except Angola does not follow Jus Soli or citizenship by birth and the US does. If they did, then the kid should go where his heart lies.

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      • George Baldwin

        woah woah bro, didn”t know i came to sbi to get my grammar criticized,

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      • George Baldwin

        Im not saying aron doesn’t have the right to play for our team, but i don’t think he should. That’s because i dont think his heart lies in the US. I think he wants to play in a world cup and i haven’t seen anything that has changed my mind.

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      • Lost in Space

        How can you know what is in the heart of someone you’ve never met nor has had an opportunity to show his commitment to the team/nation?
        His having filed his 1 time switch without having even attended a camp to me shows considerable commitment.
        He will have to prove to the coaches that he belongs on the “A” Squad, same as any other player within the Pool. And as a US Citizen it is within his rights to represent the country if he proves to be be good enough. At this point that is all he’s been given….An oportunity to prove himself.

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      • George Baldwin

        woah woah bro, didn”t know i came to sbi to get my grammar criticized,

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    • JF

      slowleftarm,

      he was born in the USA. He also went to high school for a year in the USA. He also played in a youth academy in the USA.

      what’s this nonsense about no connection??

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      • TomG

        If there is any team in the world that is fit to be made up by multiple cultures and nations, it is USA since we are a nation built by immigrants.

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      • George Baldwin

        Except, you know, he hasn’t mentioned that he wants to immigrate.

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      • George Baldwin

        Well the point Tom was making that our country is a country of immigrants. I didn’t disagree with that and pointed out that Aron has not chosen to immigrate. I didn’t say he couldn’t play. You gotta pay closer attention to what people write before you make comments or you just look plain ol’ silly.

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      • JF

        HE IS A CITIZEN OF THE USA. CITIZENS DO NOT IMMIGRATE TO COUNTRIES THEY ARE CITIZENS OF.

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      • George Baldwin

        I wonder if I type in all caps, will people take me more seriously?

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      • Lost in Space

        And how do you know that he doesn’t plan to live in the US? Currently he lives where he plies his trade….but that doesn’t exclude the possibility that he wont live in the US in the off season, or after his career in Europe ends.
        You seem prepaired to pass judgement on someone without giving them an oportunity.

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      • MLSsnob

        +1 also if you don’t think he’s bought a house or has plans to do so in America, you’re crazy. Therefore, he’s immigrating.

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  • MikeG

    Dual nationals with the USA. A dual national with the USA and some other country is eligible for selection to the USMNT as much as USA citizen is eligible. Get over it and get behind the USMNT. Dual nationality squad:

    Tim Howard: USA/Hungary
    Carlos Bocanegra: USA/Mexico
    Edgar Castillo: USA/Mexico
    Jonathan Spector: USA/Germany
    Stuart Holden: USA/Scotland
    Freddy Adu: USA/Ghana
    Jermaine Jones: USA/Germany
    Sasha Kljestan: USA/Bosnia
    Oguchi Onyewu: USA/Belgium
    Maurice Edu: USA/Nigeria
    Landon Donovan: USA/Canada
    Jozy Altidore: USA/Haiti

    I probably missed some others. The United States is known, for good reason, as a nation of immigrants. That reality is reflected in the makeup of our national team. Those who complain about dual nationals have nothing to stand on. Stop trolling dual national haters.

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    • Lost in Space

      Some Other current Players who qualified for other nations Include:
      Eric Lichaj: US/Poland
      Juan Agudelo: US/Columbia
      Terrance Boyd: US/Germany
      Danny Williams: US/Germany
      Fabian Johnson: US/Germany
      Alfredo Morales: US/Germany/Peru
      Jose Torres: US/Mexico
      John Anthony Brooks: US/Germany
      Mixx Diskerud: US/Norway
      Herc Gomez: US/Mexico
      Chris Wondo: US/Poland
      Omar Gonzalez: US/Mexico

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  • QuakerOtis

    Not sure about his previous comments re other “dual nationals”, but from what I’ve seen, I think Slowleftarm has a bit of a point about AJ. Calling it opportunistic sounds a bit harsh, but… it is a thinner connection than any we’ve seen since Jones.

    That said, these guys are citizens. They do CHOOSE to play for us among other nations, and I’m not sure what their nationality – whether dual, triple (Corona), or otherwise – will have to do with team chemistry.

    It’s not like nationality causes one player to sleep with their teammate’s wife…

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    • edmondo

      Yeah, but there’s nothing thin about Jones. His father is a US citizen and he lived in the US (Chicago) until his parents got divorced which, from what I read, was 10yrs old.

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    • RB

      No, Slowleftarm doesn’t have a bit of a point. As SanFran notes, he has no legitimate argument at all. This is evident if you look into his comments, and in fact is also demonstrated by your second paragraph here.

      Beyond ability, of course, the one and only question that is relevant is a player’s status as a citizen. If a player is a citizen of a country, then (assuming he’s not a dual citizen who has already committed elsewhere) he gets to play for that country.

      Absolute end of story. A person who thinks something else is relevant is misguided, or someone who needs to go find another sport to follow, or perhaps limit his interest in soccer to the club side of things.

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  • Beto

    Wow, looking foward to seeing him play..

    I guess its easier to get fifa approval when you are actually born in the country

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  • KutamaObama

    Oh Boy, Iceland will not like this at all………their version of Guiseppe Rossi.

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  • Johnnypauly

    Playing for Iceland this kid would never see a World Cup, unless Iceland hosted, which is absurd. Now he has a chance to play in potentially 3, IMO. That’s a no-brainer for me. He’s good, he’s young & as soon as he scores for the USMNT or does well in the Eredivisie all the naysayers will silence the rumblings about how long he actually lived here. Who cares? He’s ours now and there is no turning back. Get over it

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    • BamaMan

      Iceland is actually in excellent position to qualify for 2014 (albeit not in as good a position as us). However, that said, I am super pumped to have Johannson in our camp and I have to get in a Roll Tide! however tangential the connection may be.

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      • Seriously

        Yes, let us please make a redneck connection to the kid. You bammers are a disease.

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    • Mike

      That’d be absurd all right! Almost like if FIFA handed a world cup over to Qatar….

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  • MikeG

    Moderator not posting posts. No freedom of speech on this website. The popularity is suffering here.

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  • MiamiAl

    I dont care about of any of that. I want to win a World Cup! If the kid can help get us there, then count me in.

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  • Bac

    Geez… I think I just logged on to an episode of “Hatfield and McCoy White Lightning”

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  • Justin

    Ives, please change the comments back so that oldest come first. The comments have been a major positive for this website, but are incredibly hard to follow on a phone when listed latest first.

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  • Goalscorer24

    Look Klinsmann asked Johannsonn to go with his heart. The US has always been a melting pot. Even if he knows nothing of the US don’t you think he is going to be finding out all about the US now. Not only that it is good for US soccer. He is not guaranteed a position. He will have to fight for a spot and that will push the other US players. We don’t know him yet but as he becomes part of the group and the fight for qualification we will. Go USA!

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    • Madaoua05

      With the U.S., Johannsonn has a much better shot at participating in a WC. I think that was the ultimate motivator.

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