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