U.S. Soccer issues clarifications on Aron Johannsson


U.S. Soccer officials said late Tuesday that young forward Aron Johannsson is likely to be invited into the team for an Aug. 14 friendly against Bosnia in Sarajevo.

Earlier today, domestic soccer’s governing body said it had submitted an application to FIFA for Johannsson, who was born in the United States but grew up in Iceland, to play for the United States. He had previously represented Iceland at the under-21 level, but not as a full international.

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Later Tuesday, U.S. Soccer press officers issued a few clarifications on how the process works from here.

Quoted directly from the U.S. soccer press update:

  • There is no timetable on how long it takes to complete the process. The application will be reviewed by FIFA. If everything is in order then it can be approved. If they need further documentation, they can ask for additional information.
  • Once an application is submitted, the player cannot represent either country until the process is complete.
  • The expectation is that regardless of whether it is completed, Johannsson will be invited to join the team for the game against Bosnia on Aug. 14 in Sarajevo.
  • If the process is not complete by the Bosnia game, he would just come in for training and to meet the team.
  • As long as a player meets the requirements for eligibility for change of association, the application will be approved. It’s not a subjective ruling.

This is also courtesy of U.S. Soccer, from head coach Jurgen Klinsmann: “We are excited that Aron has chosen to pursue his international career with the United States. We have been in contact with him for the last several months. He is a great young talent with a bright future, and we look forward to introducing him to our team as soon as possible.”