Jul 5, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; United States players Nick Rimando (1), Edgar Castillo (2), Oguchi Onyewu (5), Joe Corona (6), DaMarcus Beasley (7), Herculez Gomez (9), Landon Donovan (10), Kyle Beckerman (14), Michael Parkhurst (15), Jose Torres (16) and Clarence Goodson (21) huddle before a friendly against Guatemala at Qualcomm Stadium.The United States defeated Guatemala 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

USMNT: Aron Johannsson is worth the wait


Less than 24 hours after receiving clearance from FIFA to play for the United States, Aron Johannsson left his mark on the pitch in his debut with the national team. Although playing just 27 minutes, he was able to show exactly what everyone was drooling over.

Despite the wait, it seems as though Johannsson will be a staple on the USMNT for years to come. The 22-year old striker showed exactly how dangerous he could be. Although he was not a part of any of the four second half goals for the States, he managed two shots on goal and was overall a threatening presence.

Johannsson had this to say to MLSSoccer.com after his debut,

“It was nice to get my first minutes for the national team. I was anxious the whole game and waiting, waiting for an opportunity to come in. I came in and I think I did OK. Maybe I should have scored one goal. But hopefully I’ll do better next game and try to score goals.”

Jozy Altidore, who netted a hat-trick in the USMNT’s victory over Bosnia, was a witness of Johannsson’s talent during their time together at AZ Alkmaar before Altidore landed with Sunderland.

“Aron in his first cap was fantastic. You see what he brings to the table. I said from the first time I trained with him that this guy is a fantastic player. I heard he was American and I told him straight away that he’d be a huge asset for us and I’m happy he chose the US.”

Klinsmann, who has pursued the striker for more than a year-and-a-half now, is more than happy to add him to the United States’ roster.

“That’s why I think everybody now understands why I tried to convince him to play for the United States and not for Iceland, and therefore we’re really thrilled to have him on our side and go forward with Aron.”

 

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