By FRANCO PANIZO
The goal-scoring record Jozy Altidore set last season is looking more and more attainable for Aron Johannsson.
Johannsson scored in a second consecutive match on Tuesday, netting an insurance goal in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-0 KNVB Cup victory over Roda JC to lift his season total across all competitions to 20. Johannsson is now only 11 goals shy of tying the record Altidore set just last season (also with AZ) for goals scored by an American in a foreign league, and there are still more than four months left in the European season.
Johannsson found the back of the net in the second half of the quarterfinals tilt by neatly controlling a headed pass with the inside of his thigh. The U.S. Men’s National Team forward then proceeded to slot a low shot past Roda goalkeeper Filip Kurto for the game’s final goal.
AZ is looking to repeat as KNVB Cup champions. They won the tournament last year in large part because of Altidore’s scoring exploits.
The semifinals of the competition won’t be played until April. AZ’s opponent is to be determined.
Here is the goal:
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