Bjorn Maars Johnsen,
whose debut with Scottish club Hearts was held up by his former Bulgarian club, made quite an impression on fans at Tynecastle Stadium off the bench with a back-heel
pass to teammate Sam Nicholson
for a goal in the 5-1 win over Inverness.
The 24-year-old striker joins Perry Kitchen
as the second American at Hearts. Johnsen was
born and raised in North Carolina to a Norwegian father and an American mother. He bounced around lower division clubs in Spain and Portugal before making a name for himself at Litex Lovech in
FIFA held up Johnsen's registration after Litex Lovech's collapse and forced relegation.
“I’ve moved around a bit in my career," Johnsen told the Daily Record
," but it has helped me learn different languages -- I also
speak Portuguese, Spanish and Norwegian -- as well as styles of play.
“I’ll have to adapt to Scotland. It’s helped me grow up. The last few weeks have been difficult but
it was a waiting game.
“The guys at Hearts have kept me calm and focused on training to make sure I was ready when called. I was actually waiting for my girlfriend to do her nails
when the gaffer [Hearts manager Robbie Neilson
] phoned to say clearance had come through.”