May 30, 2014 / 10:58 AM / 3 years ago

Johannsson extends AZ Alkmaar contract until 2018

May 27, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; United States forward Aron Johannsson (9) celebrates with defender Matt Besler (5) after scoring a goal against Azerbaijan during the second half at Candlestick Park. The United States defeated Azerbaijan 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - American international Aron Johannsson has extended his contract with Dutch club AZ Alkmaar days after scoring for his country in a World Cup warm-up international.

The Alabama-born striker, who represented Iceland at the under-21 level, signed a new deal that keeps him at AZ until 2018, the club said on its website (www.az.nl).

The 23-year-old joined AZ in January last year from Aarhus in Denmark and in a season-and-a-half scored 20 goals in 39 outings. His 17 goals this season made him the third highest scorer in the Dutch league.

Johannsson netted for the Americans in their 2-0 win over Azerbaijan in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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