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Jurgen Klinsmann: Aron Johannsson 'looks like he's not eligible' vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina

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U.S. manager suggests ex-Icelandic forward could play a part in upcoming World Cup qualifiers, though.

Jonathan Ferrey

It doesn't look like Aron Johannsson will be able to make his United States debut this week. Having just announced his switch from Iceland late last month, it was always going to be a stretch that he would be eligible in time for the friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday. Jurgen Klinsmann essentially confirmed as much in an interview with American Soccer Now.

"It looks like he's not eligible to play tomorrow night, which is disappointing," Klinsmann said.

Klinsmann did, however, have some better news, too: "Hopefully with the World Cup qualifiers coming up he'll be involved."

Johannsson clearly has the kind of talent that can help the United States, and with the Americans' forwards in flux after Jozy Altidore, there's an opening for him. The 6-foot striker is coming off a season in which he scored 17 league goals while playing for Denmark's AGF and the Eredivisie's AZ Alkmaar. This year, he already has two goals and an assist in two Eredivisie matches.

Johannsson is one of four Americans who were hoping to get their first caps in this game. Fellow dual-citizen John Anthony Brooks is also eligible, while 1860 Munich's Bobby Wood and Southampton's Cody Cropper are also in camp.

"Every time a new face comes into the group it's because they're good enough and deserve to be there," Klinsmann said. "They have a chance to break into the first team."

UPDATE: FIFA has approved Johannsson's switch and he will be eligible to play vs. Bosnia.

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