Borussia Mönchengladbach (Bundesliga)
#19 | Defender/Midfielder
December 11, 1987 (Age: 28)
6' 0", 163 lbs (1.83 m, 74 kg)
The son of an American serviceman, Fabian Johnson grew up in Germany and came through the ranks of 1860 Munich's prolific academy. He is known as a versatile player, having played on the both flanks in defense and in the midfield.
Making his debut for 1860 Munich's first team in 2006, Johnson would go on to make 90 league appearances for [i]Die Löwen[/i]. In the summer of 2009, he was sold to VfL Wolfsburg, where he made his debut in the Bundesliga.
Johnson was unable to establish himself as a regular at Wolfsburg and after two seasons of sporadic playing time, he moved on to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
The move to Hoffenheim proved to be fortuitous. Johnson enjoyed a breakout season in 2011-12, establishing himself as a starter.
Johnson has experience with the German U19, U20, and U21 teams and was part of the squad that emerged victorious in the 2009 UEFA U-21 Championship.
As Johnson's career stagnated at Wolfsburg, he failed to capture the attention of the senior German team. In August 2011, he accepted a call up to the US national team for friendlies against Costa Rica and Belgium, although he was ineligible to play because his paperwork had not yet been processed by FIFA.
Johnson made his debut for the US against France in November 2011.