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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2013, file photo, United States' Fabian Johnson stands prior to a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica. Borussia Moenchengladbach has signed U. S. midfielder Fabian Johnson from Bundesliga rival Hoffenheim as of next season. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Germany's Borussia Moenchengladbach has signed American midfielder Fabian Johnson from Bundesliga rival Hoffenheim starting with the 2014-15 season.

Moenchengladbach said Monday that Johnson has received a four-year contract. Moenchengladbach sports director Max Eberl calls Johnson a ''very interesting player ... who can play on both flanks as a defender or attacker.''

Johnson was part of the Germany team that won the 2009 European Under-21 Championship. He switched to the U.S. national team program in 2011 and has made 18 appearances for the American senior national team.

The 26-year-old has appeared in 91 Bundesliga games for Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim.

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