BRIAN SCIARETTA - Saturday, August 20, 2011
After putting in a huge effort in a game against Augsburg, Hoffenheim midfielder and left back Fabian Johnson admitted that he is open to playing for the US national team.
Johnson, 23, arrived at Hoffenheim after spending the previous two seasons at VfL Wolfsburg.
The defender was born in Munich, but is the son of an American serviceman and holds a US passport.
In the past, Johnson has played with the German Under-19, U-20, and U-21 youth national teams but has never played for the senior team.
For the first time on record, Johnson has now indicated that playing for the United States at the international level is a possibility.
"Naturally it's possible, by all means yes," Johnson told YA after the game. " Yes, of course - [if they called] then I would in any case think it over."
If he were to play for the US national team in an official game, he would need to file his one-time change of association switch with FIFA. He would not need to file the switch to play for the US national team in any friendly, however.
As of now, Johnson has yet to be contacted by USSF.
"I can honestly say that I have not received any phone call [from the USSF]," Johnson added. "So I haven't really thought it over seriously."
The US national team has benefited in the past from players who have switched associations to play for the United States. In recent years Edgar Castillo, Jermaine Jones, and Teal Bunbury have switched to representing the US after playing for other countries in official youth competitions.
Johnson's strong performance on Saturday came while playing in the attacking midfield. In the first half he assisted on Ryan Babel's goal and in the second half he drew a penalty that was converted by Sejad Salihovic.