Posted February 04, 2014

Aron Johannsson scores goal, forces own goal in AZ Alkmaar’s road win

Americans Abroad, Aron Johannsson, AZ Alkmaar, Dutch Eredivisie, U.S. men's national team, U.S. Soccer
Aron Johannsson

Aron Johannsson’s goal tally is at 21 in all competitions after his latest strike. (Getty Images)

With Chris Wondolowski putting pressure on other U.S. strikers following his two-goal showing against South Korea Saturday, Aron Johannsson answered the bell to make sure he remains on firm standing in Jurgen Klinsmann’s eyes.

Johannsson added to his ever-growing goal tally for AZ Alkmaar Tuesday, scoring a goal and forcing an own goal in the club’s 2-0 win at second-place Vitesse in Eredivisie action. Johannsson’s 20th-minute cross was turned into Vitesse’s net by Chelsea loanee Patrick van Aanholt to open the scoring. Minutes before halftime, Johannsson netted his 21st goal in all competitions and 13th league goal, latching onto a direct, bounding ball over the top. Johannsson split two defenders, who collided on the play, to collect the ball, then lobbed the goalkeeper to double AZ’s lead. He exited at halftime with game reports suggesting a minor injury.

The Icelandic-American forward is now 10 goals shy of Jozy Altidore’s single-season goals record for an American abroad, which he set last year.

Video of Johannsson’s latest goal-scoring exploits is below:

20th-minute own goal

42nd-minute goal


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