Icelandic-American footballer Aron Jóhannsson, who until yesterday had yet to play an international match, has decided to play for the U.S. national team rather than the Icelandic.
The U.S. beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in yesterday’s match, visir.is reports.
Aron was born in the U.S. but moved to Iceland when he was a child. As a dual citizen, he was eligible to play for either country.
However, according to FIFA rules, once a footballer plays an international match for a national team, that player is tied permanently to that team. Aron also plays for AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands.
Speaking with us ussoccer.com Aron said that he feels his decision was right. “It took a little while. I talked to my family about it and it’s just a personal decision for me, and I feel it’s best for me and my family,” he said.
“I am super excited! Especially to play for such a big country and for a country that is fighting for titles. The U.S. makes it to the World Cup every single time and there’s a lot of up and coming talent in the U.S. and they’re getting bigger and better by every moment, by every game. I hope to be a part of that and to also be part of a team that does even more than what they’ve been doing over the past few years,” he added.