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Johnson’s one-time switch to join USMNT approved by FIFA

Fabian Johnson 1 (TSG Hoffenheim)

TSG Hoffenheim midfielder/defender Fabian Johnson won't be with the U.S. men's national team for its October friendlies due to a neck injury, but he will be able to represent the United States in the near future.

The 23-year-old Johnson has had his one-time switch of association approved by FIFA, making him eligible to play for the U.S. team. 

Johnson, who was born in Munich, Germany to an American father and German mother, had recently filed paperwork to change his international allegiances to the United States after having represented Germany at youth national team levels. He practiced with the U.S. team earlier this month but was unable play in its friendlies against Costa Rica and Belgium.

The switch means Johnson cannot represent any other country besides the United States at the international level from here on out.

What do you think of Johnson's switch being approved? Hoping to see him at left back at some point down the road?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Ok so I have been watching this guy for some time now and this season he has had loads of success playing in the middle. Maybe he plays a tucked in wing but it sure looks like he is making plays from the Center of midfield. That being said he is our best option at ACM.

  2. Because Hitler using only the verse containing the ueber alles lyrics as a Nazi symbol to put super humans, otherwise known as “ethnic” Germans, “above all” has nothing to do with Nazi ideals…

    But, as you are technically correct, I say sing on…

  3. No, because he hasn’t been capped. He is no longer eligible to represent any other nations, but that isn’t the entirety of what *cap* tied refers to.

  4. The Podolskis came to Germany in 1987 when he Lukas was 2 years old as ethnic German emigrants from Poland same as Klose btw. who came to Germany when he was 7 in 1985.
    So it isn’t quite the same I think.

    Fun fact I found when looking up the dates in both cases (Podolski and Klose) the father where ethnic Germans who played professional soccer and the mothers where ethnic Poles that played internationally handball for Poland.

  5. Which means it’s still just semantics, as Aquaman said. No chance for him to play now for anyone but the US, precisely as if he were cap-tied to the US.

    Sorry, ÃœS.

  6. Anyone noticed Daniel, Jones’s, Johnson, and Chandler’s dad in the vid!lmao … Or was that Soldier the complete same one over and over?! 🙂

  7. And also my paternal grand fathers family is from Guinea-Bissau. If you look on the U-20 Portuguese team who got second place to Brazil this past summer you will see like 4-5 on the players were born in Guinea-Bissau. So it is sometimes good to have other countries and places to pull eligible players.

  8. My friend at school is German and he always disses the USA national team for us having foreign players. And I was like you guys have polish, turkish, one brazilian, and other play naturalized players and he said that all their foreign payers were born in Germany that is a lie.

  9. Village People doing a video with Die Mannschaft. Of dear, hide your kids and hide your wife…

    What’s hilarious is that NONE of Germans are clapping on the beat…

  10. You bring up an interesting point about Podolski, I know a lot of Polish soccer fans who never got over that one…

    It’ll be interesting to see how many Brasilian-born Qataris show up for that WC….

  11. as if having another attacking winger in the Klinsi scheme is a bad thing. I’m behind the let’s-wait-and-see-how-he-fares-before-we -annoint-him crowd, but I am all for us having more high quality high pedigree players in the mix, it only serves to elevate the level of expectation among those who thing a starting role is owed them and will only make the program stronger.

    Until we have a national senior squad where we have two and three players legitimately vying for nearly every spot, we will never be a force to be reckoned with.

  12. Come one, now. You’d be hard-pressed to find a national team that wouldn’t take a talented foreign-born player if the opportunity arose. Lukas Podolski (born in Poland, plays for Germany), Giuseppe Rossi (United States, Italy), Nani (Cape Verde, Portugal), Owen Hargreaves (Canada, England). Try as I might, I can’t understand your objection.

  13. “The switch doesn’t technically cap-tie Johnson to the United States, …but Johnson cannot represent any other country besides the United States at the international level from here on out.”

    Yeah I am pretty sure the fact that he cannot play for another team means he is cap tied and not in a technical sense.

  14. How hilarious would it be if the American Outlaws sang it during part of the game…then again, it is a song by the Village People that we are talking about.

  15. Don’t fool yourself. Look at Germany’s team and follow how many Polish players they have, or follow other European countries like the Dutch or French. They all have naturalized players. It’s true that some have been brought up by their own youth systems, but not all.

    The US is a nation of immigrants, and we are equal opportunity employers and will take their marketable skills to our team any day.Even with national leagues with unquestionable strength and depth of homeborn and homegrown players, will still find players who after being naturalized or obtaining citizenship will be added to the national team due to their skills.

    Now if only the US Army can put a base in Brazil and in twenty years…..

  16. NO. He does not play left back. He plays ATTACKING WINGER at RM/LM for Hoffenhiem. He actually never really played Left back at all since 18 years old it was a big mistake when everybody thought he was a left-back because google translater did a poor job on translating his match reports when he played. From 1860 Munich to Now he has played 90% Attacking winger and 10% emergency left back. but has done bad at left-back most of the time. but really good at attacking winger

  17. German-Americans are likely going to save our National Team till 2018.

    All these kids are 21 or younger and are either playing/practicing with first team or reserve players at a very young age for big or good German clubs:

    Terrence Boyd(Borrusia Dortmund)
    John Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
    Jerome Kiesewetter (Hertha Berlin)
    Jann George ( Nurnberg)
    Timothy chandler (Nurnberg)
    Andrew Wooten (Kaiserlautern)
    Fabian Hurzeler (Bayern Munich)
    Tyrone McCargo (Nurnberg)
    Shawn Parker (Mainz)
    Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin)

    Then add in the rest:

    Fabian Johnson (Hoffenhiem)
    Daniel Williams (Hoffenhiem)
    Jermaine Jones (Schalke)
    David Yelledell (Bayer Leverkusen)

    I 100% Approve my own Message.

  18. 16 of the 21 players just called up either play in MLS or started their pro careers there.

    just saying, its not perfect but we wouldn’t be anywhere close to where we are with out it!

    Welcome to the team Johnson!

  19. I remember sitting in the stands at Stamford waiting for the WC ’98 qualifier between US and Canada to begin and wondering why we needed guys like David Wagner or either of the fabulous (sarcasm) Mason brothers on the field. I looked forward to the day that we didn’t need to find eligible foreign players to augment a weak USA squad.

    Thought the MLS would fix all of that, but I guess we are not quite there yet.

  20. He is a major player on a top 5 Bundesliga team, which to be honest already puts him ahead of 3/4s of our national team in terms of skill and quality.

  21. He is a starter for Hoffenheim who is currently in 4th or 5th place in the Bundesliga. He is 23, and won the Euro U21s as starter for Germany.

  22. All i can say is hip hop hooray! Big news going forward as he may be the left back we’ve been looking for to solve that glaring weakness for the last 10 years or so! He can also play on the wing so that gives us options if some injuries or out of form players pop up! Or, he could take a spot on the wing if he turns out to be better than what we already have!


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