Aron Jóhannsson

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Aron Jóhannsson
Austria vs. USA 2013-11-19 (092).jpg
Aron with the United States before a friendly versus Austria on November 19, 2013
Personal information
Full name Aron Jóhannsson[1]
Date of birth (1990-11-10) November 10, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Mobile, Alabama, United States
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Hammarby IF
Number 23
Youth career
2000–2004 Fjölnir
2005 Breiðablik
2006–2008 Fjölnir
2007–2008 IMG Soccer Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Fjölnir 37 (13)
2010–2013 Aarhus 65 (23)
2013–2015 AZ 58 (29)
2015–2019 Werder Bremen 28 (4)
2017 Werder Bremen II 2 (0)
2019– Hammarby IF 10 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Iceland U21 10 (1)
2013– United States 19 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 13, 2017

Aron Jóhannsson (born November 10, 1990) is an Icelandic-American professional soccer player who plays as a striker for Hammarby IF and the United States men's national soccer team.

He began his career with Fjölnir and later played in the Danish Superliga for AGF before joining AZ in January 2013. After two-and-a-half seasons at the Eredivisie club, he was signed by Werder Bremen.

Formerly an Iceland under-21 international, Aron made his senior debut for the United States in 2013. He represented that nation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, helping them to fourth place in the latter.

Early life[edit]

Born to Icelandic parents who were students in Mobile, Alabama, United States, Aron moved to Iceland with his family at the age of three.[2] Growing up, he spent most his life in Iceland while occasionally visiting the United States as well as spending one year and graduating in 2008 from The Pendleton School at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida in the United States.[3]

Club career[edit]

Youth development[edit]

Aron started his youth career at his local club, Fjölnir, in Reykjavik, Iceland. In 2005, he moved to Breiðablik for one season, heading back to his former club the following year. He then spent the 2007–08 school year playing in the U.S. Football Development Academy for the IMG Academy squad based in Bradenton, Florida,[4]

Fjölnir[edit]

Aron made his debut for Fjölnir in the 2008 Úrvalsdeild season. He became a regular in the side the following year, making a total of 37 league appearances for the club and scoring 13 goals in the process. 12 of those he scored in his last season with Fjölnir, when he was voted both the best and the most promising player of the first division. On top of that he was also the top scorer of the league.

AGF Aarhus[edit]

Aron attracted attention from foreign clubs during his second full season for Fjölnir, moving to AGF Aarhus in late August 2010. Following a fine performance in AGF's 3–2 win at Viborg FF on April 16, 2011, he was chosen as one of the team's starting strikers. Aron played the remaining games for AGF in the season, helping his team to the promotion to the Superliga. His first goal for AGF came in an away match in the Danish 1st Division against Hvidovre IF on April 28, 2011.

He made his debut in the Danish Superliga on July 18, 2011 in a 2–1 win against Lyngby BK. After 15 goalless matches, he finally scored his first goal in the Superliga in the away match against SønderjyskE on November 7, 2011, securing a 1–1 result.

Aron set a new record August 27, 2012 when he scored the fastest hattrick ever in the Danish Superliga, completing the hattrick in 3 minutes and 50 seconds against AC Horsens; he also scored their fourth goal of the match, giving AGF a 1–4 victory. It took him only 16 minutes to score the four goals, which is another record in the Superliga.[5]

AZ Alkmaar[edit]

Aron joined AZ on January 29, 2013.[6] He scored his first goal for the club on April 14, 2013.[7]

On August 11, 2013, Aron scored from the penalty spot in a 3–2 win over reigning Eredivisie champions Ajax.[8] Against Sparta Rotterdam he scored a hat trick in the Dutch Cup on September 25.[9] Three days later, he scored the winning goal in a 2–1 win over PSV Eindhoven.[10] On October 20. Aron netted a brace as AZ came from a goal back to record a 3-1 win.[11]

Werder Bremen[edit]

2015–16 season and long injury layoff[edit]

On August 5, 2015, Aron underwent a medical and signed for Werder Bremen on a four-year deal, for a fee reported to be in the region of €5 million.[12] Just ten days later, on August 15, he made his debut replacing Levin Öztunalı after 57 minutes in Werder's first match of the 2015–2016 Bundesliga season, a 0–3 home defeat to Schalke.[13] He made his full debut a week later in a 1–1 draw away to Hertha Berlin on the second matchday of the season,[14] before scoring his first goal for Werder in his team's 2–1 defeat of Borussia Mönchengladbach on August 30, 2015, converting a penalty for 1–0.[15] He picked up his second goal at Darmstadt on September 22, the opening goal in a 2–1 defeat.

In early October, Aron was diagnosed with a nerve irritation in his right hip which Werder Bremen announced they would treat "in a conservative manner" and which would keep him out of action for a minimum of three weeks.[16] On October 28, he underwent hip surgery that would leave him unable to play for "the coming weeks".[17] However, after multiple attempts at a comeback,[18][19] His season was ruled to be over by club CEO Thomas Eichin on March 24.[20] Coming into the club with high expectations, Aron wasn't really able to prove his worth during his first season. He made six appearances before his season-ending injury, scoring two goals.

2016–17 season[edit]

After being expected to miss the beginning of the 2016–17 season as well,[21][22] Aron started in the opening match, a 6–0 defeat away to Bayern Munich, returning after an eleven-month layoff. He scored his first goal of the campaign in his second appearance, converting a penalty in a 1–2 defeat to Augsburg. The following week, in a substitute appearance against Mönchengladbach, Aron assisted Serge Gnabry's goal. However, he was sent off for cursing, in English, at the referee, for which he was banned two matches and fined €8,000.[23] In the days following the incident, Aron claimed he was misheard, but when he tried to explain to the referee his version, he said that the referee "stayed by his opinion".[24] In addition, that was manager Viktor Skrypnyk's last game in charge, before he was sacked and replaced with reserve manager Alexander Nouri.[25] Following Aron's suspension, he began losing playing time to young center forward Ousman Manneh, and acknowledged at the end of his suspension that a return to the starting lineup would "certainly not be simple".[26]

With Aron yet to make a start under Nouri at the end of October, assistant coach Markus Feldhoff voiced his concerns about his match fitness, which Aron argued was "very near 100%", regarding his recent return from a lengthy injury.[27] After making two substitute appearances in February in defeats against Augsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach, he did not feature in Werder's following four matches during which the team amassed ten points.[28]

2017–18 season[edit]

Until Nouri's dismissal in October 2017, Aron hardly featured and often did not make the squad[29][30][31] playing a total of 80 minutes in seven substitute appearances.[32]

During the 2017–18 winter training camp, new manager Florian Kohfeldt praised Aron's competitive spirit.[33] On February 3, 2018, Aron was involved in two goals in Werder Bremen 2–1 win away to Schalke 04 after coming as a substitute,[34][35] This performance earned him a place in the starting lineup in the DFB-Pokal quarter-final match against Bayer Leverkusen three days later. He scored for 2–0 but Werder Bremen lost 2–4 after extra-time.[36][35][37] From mid-March, he was repeatedly kept out of action with hamstring problems.[38][39][40] In early May, Werder Bremen announced Aron would miss the rest of the season due to injury.[41]

2018–19 season[edit]

Aron was sidelined with an ankle injury in July 2018[42] und underwent surgery in November.[43] He returned to team training in late February 2019.[42] On the last matchday of the season, he made his farewell from the club during the pre-match ceremony and was given a short substitute appearance by manager Kohfeldt. In his four seasons at the club, he made a total of 30 appearances across all competitions scoring five goals while being repeatedly kept out of action by injuries.[44]

Hammarby IF[edit]

In July 2019, Aron joined Allsvenskan club Hammarby IF on a three-year contract.[45][46]

International career[edit]

Aron in action against Austria in a 2013 friendly

After a string of good performances in the Danish Superliga in 2012, Aron received his first call-up to the Iceland squad on October 3, 2012, for the World Cup qualifiers against Switzerland and Albania.[47] However, he did not appear due to a groin injury.

Due to being a U.S. citizen through his birth in the United States, Aron was also eligible to play for the United States national football team. In May 2013, U.S. coach Jürgen Klinsmann stated that the U.S. team was keeping a "very close eye" on Aron.[48] That August 13, his switch from Iceland was approved by FIFA.[49] Aron made his first appearance for the United States in their 4–3 friendly victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo the next day, coming on for Eddie Johnson in the 63rd minute. In the final World Cup qualifying game against Panama on October 15, 2013, he scored his first goal in the final minute, securing a 3–2 win.[50] He was included on Klinsmann's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, coming on for an injured Jozy Altidore in the 23rd minute of the opening game against Ghana for his tournament debut.[citation needed]

Aron was part of the American squad which came fourth at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring their third goal in a 6–0 quarter-final win over Cuba in at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore; set up by a 50-yard pass by captain Michael Bradley, he chipped goalkeeper Diosvelis Guerra from the edge of the penalty area.[51]

In March 2018, he was called up by interim coach Dave Sarachan for a friendly match against Paraguay but was forced to pull out due an injury.[52]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 27 October 2019[53][54][55]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fjölnir 2008 Úrvalsdeild 3 0 0 0 - - - - 3 0
2009 16 1 1 0 5 0 - - 22 1
2010 1. deild karla 18 12 3 4 5 1 - - 26 17
Total 37 13 4 4 10 1 0 0 51 18
AGF 2010–11 1. Division 17 2 1 0 - - - - 18 2
2011–12 Superliga 30 7 2 1 - - - - 32 8
2012–13 18 14 0 0 - - 2 0 20 14
Total 65 23 3 1 0 0 2 0 70 24
AZ 2012–13 Eredivisie 5 3 0 0 - - - - 5 3
2013–14 32 17 4 6 1 1 14 2 51 26
2014–15 21 9 3 0 1 1 0 0 25 10
Total 58 29 7 6 2 2 14 2 81 39
Werder Bremen 2015–16 Bundesliga 6 2 0 0 6 2
2016–17 9 1 0 0 9 1
2017–18 12 1 2 1 14 2
2018–19 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 28 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 30 5
Hammarby IF 2019 Allsvenskan 10 0 0 0 10 0
Total 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Career total 198 69 16 12 12 3 16 2 242 86

International[edit]

As of March 22, 2019[56]
Appearances and goals by national team, year and competition
United States Year Apps Goals
2013 6 1
2014 3 1
2015 10 2
Total 19 4

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list United States' goal tally first.[57]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 October 15, 2013 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Panama
3–2
3–2
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier
2 May 27, 2014 Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California, United States  Azerbaijan
2–0
2–0
Friendly
3 March 25, 2015 NRGi Park, Aarhus, Denmark  Denmark
2–1
2–3
4 July 18, 2015 M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland, United States  Cuba
3–0
6–0
2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

AGF

AZ

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