Would an Aron Johannsson-Celtic transfer be a good idea?


Normally, any young U.S. man moving to a bigger club would put a little jingle in the jangle for every U.S. Soccer supporter.

But this talk of current high-scorer Aron Johannsson moving to Scottish heavyweight Celtic comes with all kinds of cautionary hangups.

First, beyond the Champions League or Europa matches in which Johannsson might himself, the level of general competition for Johannsson won’t be any better than the Dutch League.

Then there’s the rather unique history of scorers at Celtic and Rangers; they tend to score in bunches against all that inferior competition – but then they fade quickly once assigned taller tasks upon moves elsewhere.

Then there is the issue of minutes. Johannsson is performing fabulously for AZ right now. He’s on pace to undo Jozy Altidore’s mark for top scoring season for an American abroad, don’t you know?

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There is absolutely zero question that the recent newcomer to the U.S. national team will continue to get minutes at his Dutch club, not only in Eredivisie action, but in the Dutch Cup, where his small club has reached the quarterfinal stage.

At Celtic? Who knows, really? There’s plenty of competition for a 23-year-old striker without a ton of international experience, even if there is significant roster changeover ahead.

As of now, it looks like Johannsson has done enough to earn his spot on the Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man roster; ongoing playing time in Holland and few more goals, and the young man seems destined to find himself in Brazil. On the other hand, if he rides the bench awhile in Scotland, who knows how that might tip the balance as Klinsmann makes those critical roster choices – especially if a Herculez Gomez or someone else gets hot.

Bayern, Germany legend Gerd Muller suffering from Alzheimer’s

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY  01:  Gerd Muller during a media event discussing the Golden Boot comptetition in the FIFA 2010 World Cup held at the adidas Jo'bulani Central in Sandton Convention Centre on July 1, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Dominic Barnardt/Getty Images for adidas)
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Bayern Munich has confirmed that legendary goalscorer Gerd Muller is suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Muller’s 70th birthday is in November, and the club published a statement that no celebrations would be held due to his ongoing treatment.

One of the greatest strikers to ever play the game, Muller scored 525 goals during his 15-years with Bayern, the most in club history. Karl Heinze-Rummenigge is Bayern’s second leading goalscorer with 218 goals.

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Rummenigge currently serves as the club’s director, and spoke about Muller’s legacy.

Gerd Müller is one of the all-time greats of world football. Without his goals, Bayern Munich and German football would not be what it is today.

There will probably never be another goalscorer like Gerd, yet despite all his successes, he was always very humble and reserved, which particularly impressed me.

He was a fantastic team-mate and is a friend. Gerd will always enjoy a place in the Bayern family.

After he ended his playing career, he brought his experience as a coach of youngsters to the club, helping define the likes of world champions Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller, and we are also grateful to him for this.

Muller won the Golden Boot at the 1970 World Cup with ten goals, helping West Germany to a third-place finish. That same year he won the Ballon d’Or as the best player in the world, and helped the West German team capture the European Championship in 1972 and the World Cup in 1974.

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He is one of the top scorers in German national team history with 68 goals, second only to Miroslav Klose’s 71. However, Muller reached 68 goals in just 62 caps, while it took Klose 137 appearances to reach his mark. His 14 World Cup goals are third all-time to Klose (16) and Ronaldo (14).

Watch Live: USA looks to stay perfect against Panama

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 01:  The starting lineup from USA poses prior to the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying match against Canada at Sporting Park on October 1, 2015 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The United States U-23 team has gotten off to a great start in Olympic qualifying, winning their opening two matches by a combined score of 9-2.

Already into the semifinals, the U.S. faces Panama tonight in Colorado for a chance to stay perfect in Group A play. The U.S. needs a draw or a win to lock up the top spot in the group.

UPDATE: Due to Canada’s 2-2 draw against Cuba, the U.S. has clinched first place in Group A. 

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One of the keys to the United States’ success has been balance, as the team has nine goals from seven different players. Andreas Herzog’s side has also gotten off to quick starts in both matches, as Jordan Morris scored in the opening minute of play in a 3-1 win over Canada. Against Cuba, the U.S. had a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.

You can watch the match live on NBC Universo, or online by clicking the link below.

Group A — USA vs. Panama

When: 9:30 p.m. ET
Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
Live Stream: Telemundo