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Johannsson's 25th goal gives AZ Europa League win
by Paul Kennedy, March 13th, 2014 6:15PM

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[AMERICANS ABROAD] Aron Johannsson upped his tally to 25 goals this season for Dutch club AZ as his first-half penalty kick that barely crossed the line gave the Dutch club a 1-0 win over Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala in the first leg of their Europa League round-of-16 series. For U.S. World Cup hopefuls in action abroad this weekend.

Johannson is just six goals shy of Jozy Altidore's American record for goals in all competitions abroad set last season with AZ.

Leading Scorers (2013-14):
25+1 Aron Johannsson (AZ)
14 Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna)
9 Sacha Kljestan
(Anderlecht)
(Goals in all club competitions.)


Aron Johannsson by goalsandmore

U.S. World Cup Contenders:
GOALKEEPERS:
Saturday:
Cory Cropper, Southampton (England), vs. Norwich City
Brad Guzan, Aston Villa (England), vs. Chelsea
Tim Howard, Everton (England), vs. Cardiff City

DEFENDERS:
Saturday:
John Brooks, Hertha Berlin (Germany), vs. Hannover 96
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City (England), vs. West Ham United
Edgar Castillo, Tijuana (Mexico), at Cruz Azul
Steven Cherundolo, Hannover 96 (Germany), at Hertha Berlin
Fabian Johnson, Hoffenheim (Germany), vs. Mainz
Eric Lichaj, Nottingham Forest (England), vs. Doncaster Rovers
Oguchi Onyewu, Sheffield Wed. (England D2), vs. Birmingham City
Will Packwood, Birmingham City (England D2), at Sheffield Wed.
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England D2), vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Jonathan Spector, Birmingham City (England D2), at Sheffield Wed.
Sunday:
DaMarcus Beasley, Puebla (Mexico), vs. Tigres
Timmy Chandler, Nuremberg (Germany), at Hamburg
Michael Orozco, Puebla (Mexico), vs. Tigres

MIDFIELDERS:
Friday:
Alejandro Morales, FC Ingolstadt (Germany D2), vs. FSV Frankfurt
Saturday:
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France), at Lille
Joe Corona, Tijuana (Mexico), at Cruz Azul
Stuart Holden, Bolton Wanderers (England D2), vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Jermaine Jones, Besiktas (Turkey), at Caykur Rizespor
Brek Shea, Stoke City (England), vs. West Ham United
Danny Williams, Reading (England D2), vs. Derby County
Sunday:
Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht (Belgium), vs. Oostende
Jose Torres, Tigres (Mexico), at Puebla
Offseason:
Mix Diskerud, Rosenborg (Norway)
Josh Gatt, Molde (Norway)
FORWARDS:
Saturday:
Jozy Altidore, Sunderland (England), vs. Crystal Palace
Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna (Austria), vs. Josko Ried
Herculez Gomez, Tijuana (Mexico), at Cruz Azul
Bobby Wood, 1860 Munich (Germany D2), at Erzebirge Aue
Sunday:
Juan Agudelo, FC Utrecht (Netherlands), at NEC
Aron Johannsson, AZ (Netherlands), at FC Twente


2 comments
  1. Dan Phillips
    commented on: March 14, 2014 at 2:28 p.m.
    Aron Johannsson should be the starter for USMNT. And not Jozy Altidore!
  1. marco gonzalez
    commented on: March 14, 2014 at 5:36 p.m.
    The way things are going for both, I would have to agree. But I don't Know if that would implie a major change in strat and tacts. in a defensive countering start altidore should probably start, if we get scored on early like in all the previous WCs and against Ukraine, johannsson should be subbed in immediately. Maybe both should start. Maybe johannsson can play right wing? Who knows but be carefull about fielding too many offensive dudds onto the field against such strong opposition.

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