Tuesday, July 30, 2013

One as requested, one definitely not

As promised in the comments somewhere, here is my full scouting report on new Nat-to-be Aron Jóhannsson, as well as where an idea of where he might be able to fit in the latest edition of my own personal USMNT depth chart (coming soon to an NSC near you).

Meanwhile, the Iceland FA has thrown a wee press release tantrum upon digesting the news. In part, their statement reads:

Aron has for the past year been unable to answer a call-up to the Iceland National Team from the national coach due to injuries. During that same time, news came that the US Men National Team coach was interested in the player. Aron has no link to soccer in the U.S. at all. Yesterday, a statement from Aron was published where he expressed his desire to play for the U.S. The only thing that has been pointed out to KSÍ (the FA) from an interested party is that his income potential as a U.S. player is much greater, both in the form of salary and sponsorships, than if he were an Iceland player. It is simply that an Iceland National team member must play for land and country, and for that they get honor and glory.

It is the utmost wish of KSÍ that Aron turns back on his idea to change national teams. Aron is an Icelander from head to toe who we need in the tough international competitions. Aron has already played 10 Under-21 matches for Iceland and his future belongs there. Hopefully, the public and media will respond and challenge Aron to continue competing for Iceland. KSÍ has already called up Aron to participate in the next national team match vs. the Faroe Islands on August 14th.

There is no logic behind Aron relinquishing his Icelandic soccer identity.


Woof. I've not seen such a lack of public grace since Leslie Nielsen knocked someone important down the stairs in one movie or another.




- Greg Seltzer

24 comments:

Jon said...

Uh, someone should remind Iceland that he was at Bradenton for a year.

Lying in an attempt to get him to change his mind probably won't work. Just a guess on my part but seems incredibly naive and insincere.

Suck a fat one Iceland.

WilkersonMclaser said...

Off topic, but you know what would be interesting? If Bradenton fielded a PDL or USL side. Just sayin'.

Phil McCracken said...

Meh, typical Icelandic imperialism. It knows no bounds

Phil McCracken said...

BTW, nice Naked Gun reference, Greg.

Protecting the safety of the Queen is a task that's gladly accepted by Police Squad. For no matter how silly the idea of having a queen might be to us. As Americans, we must be gracious and considerate hosts.

jon said...

I do feel for the KSI...and any nation, for that matter, that finds itself in a similar situation.

And, let's be honest, as desperate as that release is, who wouldn't have found it kind of awesome if US Soccer or The Bruce had put out a statement like that after Rossi's decision? (Granted, I realize there are all kinds of differences in the two situations.) Or maybe we would have all found it embarrassing.

BTM said...

Greg-

How would you rate Johannsson's pace, especially as compared to Altidore?

Greg Seltzer said...

Without the ball, pretty close. With the ball, Jozy wins.

But Johannsson is a guy who really only relies on foot speed when he gets past the last defender. In addition to having great separation timing on his runs (another way he's similar to Altidore), he's more about changing speeds, slowing things down, letting defenders overrun him. He's the kept head while those around him go mad.

Tony M said...

Maybe as revenge they will grant Snowden's asylum request!

BTM said...

Great stuff. Thanks for the reply.

heythisisrobbie said...

Lol @ Tony M.

J.D. Springer said...

Playing for the "honor and glory" of Iceland. Is that anything like the "Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"? I mean who can't get excited about throwing down with the Faroe Islands on a typically Icelandic August evening?

Tony M said...

"Playing for the "honor and glory" of Iceland"

Made me want to sing, "Hail, Hail Fredonia!"

Nick said...

Money is one possible motivator. But perhaps so is the possibility of playing in a major championship. Iceland has never qualified for either the World Cup or the Euros. Kids everywhere grow up dreaming of playing in the World Cup. Playing for the US makes it much more likely for Aron.

Incidentally, how much sponsorships and endorsement income really comes the way of "passport" USMNT players? Has Fabian Johnson or Jermaine Jones increased their income markedly?

heythisisrobbie said...

According to Brian Sciaretta, Aron has 0 relatives from the US.

I don't really blame the Iceland federation for their press release. It is obvious that Aron's motivation was strictly career driven.

dikranovich said...

Robbie, are you suggesting that someone born in a particular country and raised, if only for a couple of minutes within its society, I mean, was this young man actually enrolled at the Bradenton academy? Robbie, are you saying this person can not be motivated by something other than a better career opportunity?

I think he was motivated by jozy, and mix, amongst other things.

Jstoney127 said...

Not Logical?? I find the pick very logical! He is a footballer after all. To me it would be illogical not to want to play in the worlds larger football tournament, the World Cup.

Zach said...

Haven't watched a ton of Aron, but seems apparent he could learn a lot about playing striker from.... Jurgen Klinnsman.

paul said...

Greg, I'm gussing that the mls allstar rap is making your cut of the day tomorrow?

Greg Seltzer said...

I'm still questioning whether to listen to it. :D

dikranovich said...

Clearly beckerman has the finest skillz of the group.

dikranovich said...

thank god for the Spanish channel, because espn2 is showing little league.

Jolazo said...

Greg, have you heard any whispers about Agudelo and Stoke?

paul said...

I had stop half way through Davis's verse (he's first). Eventually I calmed down, told myself, "Look, its bad on purpose. Lighten up." And was able to get through. Laughed many times. Omar's hilarious. Wondo was not comfortable, shockingly bad.

Zach said...

Wondo's was by far the worst, or depending on your angle, the best. Beckerman was actually the best, plus he got a reefer reference (feel free to use that, Greg) tossed in. #Colorado