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Aron Johannsson scores yet again! Can he match Jozy Altidore’s record for U.S. goal scorers abroad?

Dec 21, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

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This much is clear when it comes to future U.S. goal scorers: their best chance, clearly, is to route their careers through Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.

OK, maybe it’s more coincidence than some kind of Dutch fairy dust, but there is something quite strange about how Jozy Altidore hit so frequently for the small Netherlands club last year – and how fellow U.S. international Aron Johannsson is doing the very same this year.

Johannsson scored yet again today, this time in an Eredivisie match against Heerenveen. He now has an absolutely sensational 18 goals in all competitions this year.

This comes just three days after 23-year-old striker scored twice to help his team advance into the KNVB Cup quarterfinals.

So it begs the question: can Johannsson possibly top Altidore’s record goal-scoring totals from one season back?

Before he moved during the summer to Premier League side Sunderland, Altidore scored 31 goals across in all competitions last season for Alkmaar. That shattered the old record for U.S. players abroad, one held by Clint Dempsey. His prolific scoring was among the reasons voters chose Altidore as U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year.

But here comes Johannsson, with 18 at this point … and four-plus months to chase down Altidore’s mark, one that’s not yet a year old.

Either way, Altidore’s U.S. national team record of scoring a goal in five consecutive matches (from June 2-Aug. 14) seems safe enough. That’s one Johannsson (or anyone else) will have a tough time breaking.

  1. px2ug - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    just saw a report that Celtic F.C. is looking into Aron…

    • bear06 - Dec 22, 2013 at 4:35 AM

      Hopefully he avoids them because the SPL is a mediocre league.

  2. seanb20124 - Dec 21, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    All those goals equal what? <5 goals in the EPL over a full season?

    • bear06 - Dec 22, 2013 at 4:34 AM

      Smh! Just because Jozy went to a crappy team who can’t get him service doesn’t mean the same will happen to Aron. He will get offers from good clubs in top leagues very soon, but I don’t expect him to move until after the World Cup which is the smartest decision he can make.

      • konmtu - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        I agree with you about the lack of service for Jozy, but he’s not been good lately regardless. Early in the season he was giving backlines fits by being in dangerous position and good holdup play. Now, he’s had good chances but has wasted them, or just fail to be in the right position to receive a pass and make a shot.

      • bear06 - Dec 25, 2013 at 1:57 AM

        I agree. Jozy needs to step it up because Poyet will not hesitate to put him back in the bench and start Fletcher instead.

  3. jay1934 - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    I’m not concerned about how many goals this Johannsson scores. With Klinsman’s lineup and the teams he plays I don’t look for them to go further than the first round.

    • bear06 - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Lol Wut? You’re an ignorant idiot jay.

  4. - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Glad to see Aron scoring for fun in the dutch league.

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