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Aron Jóhannsson scores again for AZ Alkmaar

Aug 22, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

Should Johannsson start from the offset with plenty of Reuters

A week after his first United States national team cap, Icelandic-raised striker Aron Jóhannsson continued tearing up the competition for his club side, AZ Alkmaar of the Dutch Eredivisie.

Jóhannsson scored an individual masterpiece against Greek team Atromitos in the UEFA Europa League, giving his team the lead in the 73rd minute away from home. AZ eventually won 3-1 in a match where every goal came in the final 17 minutes of play.

The striker ran onto a through ball from Willie Overtoom inside the attacking half. He slowed down as defender Stathis Tavlaridis closed him down, but Tavlaridis slid into a tackle too soon, and Jóhansson cut back smoothly toward the inside and slotted a shot calmly past Michalis Sifakis in the Atromitos goal. (See video of the goal here.)

Jóhannsson transferred to AZ from AGF Aarhus in Denmark in the January transfer window 2013, after he lit the Danish league up for 14 goals in the first half of the season. So far in the 2013/14 season, he has five goals in five competitive matches, and he scored three in five appearances (all as a substitute) at the end of the last campaign.

It’s easy to see now why Jóhannsson’s decision to switch national team allegiance from Iceland enraged Icelandic FA president Geir Þorsteinsson (Thorsteinsson) so much.

U.S. striker Jozy Altidore‘s form for AZ last season, before transferring to Sunderland in the Premier League this summer, carried over onto the national team in World Cup qualifying. If Jóhansson is called up for and gets playing time in the September qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico, he could easily continue the trend.

  1. 77cjh77 - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    the author would do well to mention that the game against Atromitos took place in the europa league, as it provides context and an explanation as to why a dutch team and greek team were playing each other

    • Liviu Bird - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Good catch. Thanks.

  2. iman62 - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Can’t wait to see what he does for the national team over the course of the next year.

  3. hildezero - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Amurica!

  4. bwana63 - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Young man was very impressive in his MNT debut in Sarajevo. Obviously, the sample size is minimal, but it’s clear why Altidore was gushing over him. It’s also clear why Iceland is butthurt over his departure. Great to see he’s tearing it up in club.

    • randomhookup - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      But not so butthurt for the coach to go meet him when he announced publicly he wanted to consider the US.

  5. danielofthedale - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    The Iceman cometh
    He comeths for Wondo
    He comeths for Boyd
    He comeths for Herc
    He comeths for Eddie
    The Iceman comeths for all
    The Iceman comeths to Brazil as well

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