Versatile USMNT winger/fullback Fabian Johnson is set to join Borussia Monchengladbach on a free transfer this summer. A release on the team’s official website said the player has signed a contract good through 2018. It was announced that Johnson would be leaving Hoffenheim in the last couple weeks, so settling on a team now reduces any drama and stress. Johnson can now focus on his form for the World Cup.
Johnson is expected to play a key role in Brazil for the USMNT. It is unclear whether he will play on the wing or slot in at left-back. Having settled on his team, he can now focus on staying healthy as Hoffenheim finish the season. This will clear his mind of any distractions for his club future and put the World Cup in the forefront.
Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol said that they have been fighting since last summer to sign Johnson to a new contract, but the player had made up his mind. Gladbach currently sit in the sixth spot in the Bundesliga, one point ahead of Hertha Berlin for the last Europa League qualifying position. Hoffenheim had to make a late run last season to stave off relegation and sit in the lower half of the table again this year. They should not be in danger of dropping out, but the teams are currently moving in opposite directions.
Monchengladbach was always a favorite for Johnson’s services. There were reports that teams in Italy and England had made a bid for the U.S. international, but he chose to stay in Germany. Monchengladbach will be his fourth German team after spending three years with Hoffenheim. He has also played for Wolfsburg and 1860 Munich.
Johnson has made 91 Bundesliga appearances. In that time, he has scored six goals and compiled 12 assists. The decision comes after his current team tied his future team over the weekend. Now with that match out of the way, the move is official and Johnson’s focus is clear.