Forward Aron Johannsson is cleared by FIFA to play for USMNT vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina
Aron Johannsson will be able to take the field against Bosnia-Herzegovina after all.
FIFA on Tuesday approved the forward's application for a national team switch – "a change of association" – from Iceland's national team to the USMNT.
The former Icelandic youth international will now be eligible to wear the red-white-and-blue on Wednesday when the USA take on No. 13-ranked Bosnia in Sarajevo (2:30 pm ET, EPSN2/UniMas, live chat on MLSsoccer.com).
"We are obviously very thrilled for Aron," US manager Jurgen Klinsmann said in a U.S. Soccer Federation statement. "It's an exciting time for him. He's done a great job in these couple days getting to know the guys. Hopefully if the game goes well tomorrow night, there will be a chance for him to make his debut with the US national team."
"I'm super happy," said Johannsson in the same statement. "When I came here, I didn't expect that I was going to be eligible to play. The coach told me right after training [on Tuesday] that the approval came through. I'm very excited."
There is a chance that the 22-year-old Johannsson, who was born in Mobile, Ala., and moved to Iceland at the age of three, will be reunited with his former AZ Alkmaar forward teammate Jozy Altidore against Bosnia.
The other forwards on Klinsmann's 23-man roster are Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders) and Bobby Wood (1860 Munich).