U.S. national team forward Aron Johannsson has completed his move from AZ Alkmaar to Bundesligsa side Werder Bremen.
Johannsson, 24, joins Bremen on a four-year contract and the transfer fee between the two clubs is believed to be in the region of $5 million.
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The Icelandic-American striker has scored 39 goals in 71 appearances for AZ since he joined the Eredivisie side in 2013, but moving to Germany’s top-flight will undoubtedly be a step up for Johannsson.
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Speaking to Bremen’s official website about his move, the USMNT striker was delighted as he has been handed the No. 9 jersey.
“This is the right step, to move forward in my development,” Johannsson said. “Werder Bremen is a great club where I will do my utmost to develop myself and to make my contribution to the success.”
Bremen’s Sports Director Rouven Schroeder was happy to have “the Iceman” sign on, saying that Johannsson was their number one choice for a new striker and he was impressed with the his experience at both the international level with the U.S. and in the Europa League with AZ.
No doubt U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann had something to do with this, as his vast connections in Germany will have helped Johannsson find a new home. Speaking of Klinsmann, he was complimentary of Johannsson’s performances throughout the 2015 Gold Cup this summer and even though the Alabama-born forward has scored just four times in 17 appearances for the U.S., he continues to be one of the main men up top. With Jozy Altidore struggling through fitness issues, Klinsmann may well look at Johannsson as his top forward over the next 12-18 months.
Johannsson will join U.S. teammates John Brooks, Fabian Johnson, Alfredo Morales, Julian Green, Joe Gyau and Timmy Chandler in the German top-flight this season.