U.S. men's national team forward Aron Johannsson enjoyed a breakout club season in the Netherlands -- and may enjoy a breakout showing on the international stage during the World Cup this summer -- and his team has rewarded him accordingly.
Johannsson, 23, signed a contract extension with AZ Alkmaar on Friday that will keep him with the Dutch Eredivisie side through 2018. Johannsson, the Icelandic-American who scored in the USA's 2-0 win over Azerbaijan on Tuesday, scored 26 goals in all competitions for AZ in his first full season with the club.
He joined AZ in the winter of 2012-13 from Denmark's AGF Aarhus, teaming with U.S. striker Jozy Altidore for half a season before the latter moved to Sunderland.
In league play, Johannsson led AZ with 17 goals in 34 games -- a tally that was good for third-best in Netherlands' top flight. Johannsson's presence at the club continues to add to the American flavor there, with former U.S. international Earnie Stewart serving as the club's technical director.