|CONCACAF Player of the Week |
When Aron Johannsson announced he'd represent the country of his birth - the USA - instead of that of his upbringing - Iceland - in international play, American fans hoped Johannsson would be a dynamic forward option who could partner well with Jozy Altidore. So far, he's fulfilling those hopes. His three goals last week added to a tally that is set to rival his former AZ teammate's record for most goals scored in a season by an American playing abroad, Johannsson is currently on 18 goals, chasing Altidore's mark of 31 last season. His stellar week earned him Goal's CONCACAF Player of the Week award.
Johannsson scored both goals and converted his penalty for good measure as AZ continued its defense of the KVNB Cup during the week by beating Heerenveen in a shootout. When Heerenveen exacted its revenge during a league match Saturday, Johannsson was on the board again to save a little face for the Cheese Farmers.
Goal USA staff members reportedly aren't the only sharp-eyed football experts impressed with the Icelandic-American's performances. Neil Lennon scouted Johannsson during the cup victory, which sent AZ through to the quarterfinals, and the Celtic manager is said to be planning a bid to bring the forward to Scotland. Whether or not such a move would be beneficial for the striker at this point is debatable, and the Eredivisie is known for being an ultra-attacking league. Still, Johannsson's remarkable form seems to lend credence to the idea that he is a Champions League-caliber player. At the very least, signs are pointing toward the 23-year-old being a cog in Jurgen Klinsmann's USA team at the World Cup in 2014.
|Congratulations to Aron Johannsson, Goal's 2nd CONCACAF Player of the Week winner! |
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg
The right back is out of favor with Jurgen Klinsmann, but club manager Gertjan Verbeek will be thrilled with his performance. Chandler earned rave reviews in a 0-0 draw against Schalke. Both he and the club will hope to continue recent form after the Bundesliga returns from break. If Chandler can keep it up, he might force Klinsmann's hand and earn another shot with the national team, especially since full back is a weak position for the Stars and Stripes.
Javier Hernandez - Man United
Geoff Cameron - Stoke City
Joel Campbell - Olympiakos
The Costa Rican forward came on at the half for Olympiakos and scored a penalty that was the difference in a 3-2 win against Pas Giannina. The 21-year-old Arsenal loanee leveraged that showing into a start during the weekend, playing all of a 5-0 win against Apollon Smirnis.