AZ Alkmaar (Eredivisie)
#20 | Forward
November 10, 1990 (Age: 24)
6' 0", 165 lbs (1.83 m, 75 kg)
Aron Johannsson was born in Alabama to Icelandic parents and moved back to his parents' country three years later. Growing up in Iceland, Johannsson spent his youth career with local club Fjölnir.
He made his professional debut in 2008 at the age of 17. Fjölnir were relegated to the second division after the 2009 season, but Johannsson scored 12 goals by August. His performances were enough to earn a move to AGF Aarhus, who were in the Danish second tier at the time
Johannsson became a rotational player for AGF in their promotion season of 2010-11. In their first season back in the Superliga, the Icelandic-American came on strong at the end of the season after being moved from a wide position to forward, contributing 5 goals and 2 assists in his final six games.
This success was a harbinger of things to come. Johannsson's good form carried over to the next season when the forward netted 14 goals by the winter break. His goalscoring exploits did not go unnoticed among larger clubs. AZ Alkmaar spent €1.6m to bring him to the Eredivisie in January.
Johannsson saw limited action in the 2012-13 season for AZ as he struggled with injuries, but did manage to score three goals in limited action during the stretch run once he returned to health.
Johannsson is expected to play a much larger role in the 2013-14 season following the departure of his compatriot Jozy Altidore.
Johannsson played in the Icelandic youth national team system up through the U-21 level. After his breakout performances in Denmark, he began to garner interest from both Iceland's senior team and the USMNT. After missing out on Iceland's squad due to injury in one case and declining an invitation in another, he decided to file a one-time switch to make himself eligible for the United States in late July 2013.
Johannsson made his debut for the US in August 2013 in a friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina.