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We got a guy who speaks Icelandic to translate for us on SBI:

Aron Jóhannsson is an Icelander born in the USA in 1990 where he lived in the first years of his life. Aron’s parents are Icelandic. Aron got his soccer education under the KSÍ umbrella, with Fjölnir, where he played all the junior years (with a short stay with Breiðablik) and then played for their full team, before joining AGF in Denmark on September 1st 2010.

Aron Jóhannsson played 10 international matches for Iceland U21 in 2011 and 2012. Of these 10 games 8 of them were in UEFA competitions and Aron was a starter in each of them.

FIFA allows players to changes national sides once if they fulfill certain criteria, even if they have played with junior national sides, as long as they have not played an official A team match. One of the conditions allows players to switch to a country they were born in if they wish to represent it.
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 filtered through that the US Men National Team coach was interested in the player. Aron has no link to soccer in the USA at all.

Yesterday a statement from Aron was published where he expressed his desire to play for the USMNT. The only thing that has been pointed out to KSÍ from an interested party, is that his income potential, as a USA player, is much greater, both in the form of grants and sponsorship, than if he were an Iceland player. It is simply so 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 ideas to change national teams. Aron is an Icelander through and through who we need in the tough international competitions. Aron has already played 10 U21 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 requested for 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.






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StraightCashHomey21
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o dey mad





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hendersonshands
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I understand them being mad, but acting like the crazy ex girlfriend just seems pathetic for a federation. The fans can be as mad as they want, you expect a federation to keep its cool





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Meursault
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The D2 reference is quality. I just wanted to say that.





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WarSlamEagle
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I understand them being mad, but acting like the crazy ex girlfriend just seems pathetic for a federation.

Could you imagine the USSF doing something like this over Subotic or Rossi? Screams minor league...they're not making the World Cup anytime soon.






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uway
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I'm surprised FIFA even allows a federation to publish something like that without punishment.

Aron is within the rules, so they shouldn't be able to basically defame him in this way, impugning his character and such.






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Bluefin
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As a fellow Alabama-Icelander (there are dozens of us), I understand his decision and wish him well.





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Tennessee Jed
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re: Iceland FA is upset about Aron Johannsson's decision


take that (insert icelandic pejorative)





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LSUMJ
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did they try to call him up for a real match for their mnt before this? They could have capped him at any time before, i dont think the team is that deep they couldnt spare the spot

thats why we need to clinch qualification early and just cap all of our dual youth guys in the final game






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thenry712
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As a fellow Alabama-Icelander (there are dozens of us), I understand his decision and wish him well.



I am Caplewood!






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WarSlamEagle
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(there are dozens of us)







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Dandy Lion
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The Jurgey effect, is now in full force. Chalk one up for Jurgey.


This post was edited on 7/30 at 4:04 pm


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pvilleguru
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did they try to call him up for a real match for their mnt before this?

Yes, but he was injured and couldn't play.






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cwil177
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I understand Iceland's beef.

They are a country of 300k. We have 300 million.

I just feel bad poaching their players.






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WarSlamEagle
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LINK

Will you guys let me toot my own horn? Just found out the story I wrote got linked on Deadspin.






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McRebel42
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re: Iceland FA is upset about Aron Johannsson's decision


Not me.





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Shane4689
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re: Iceland FA is upset about Aron Johannsson's decision


MEXICO WILL HATE US MOAR NOW





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TheIrishFro
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so now we have we have the following nationalities potentially playing on our national team with dual citizinships.

Mexicans
Germans
Scottish
Salvadorian
Haitian
and now Icelandic


mildly interesting



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Jumbeauxlaya
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"Slowleftarm" commenting on your article.. Is that Randy?

quote:

They’re totally right. He’s an opportunistic mercenary with zero connection to the USA, hoping to improve his club career by playing for the USMNT, maybe at the world cup. Meanwhile, my fellow USMNT supporters can’t stop jumping for joy at the thought of this guy taking the spot of an actual American on the plane to Brazil.






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WarSlamEagle
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Dude always makes comments like that on USMNT stuff. I wonder...





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