JOHNSON SUSTAINS HAMSTRING INJURY
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Before the US World Cup camp has even started, the injury bug may have already claimed its first victim.

With less than five minutes to go before halfime, Aris Thessaloniki and US national team forward Eddie Johnson left today's Aris playoff game today with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Not even 24 hours after being named to the US 30 man preliminary World Cup roster, Johnson was unable to continue in the game had to be substituted out in the 41st minute in Aris' second-leg playoff game against AEK Athens.

Should Johnson be ruled out of the World Cup camp, US national team coach Bob Bradley will be allowed to add another player to the preliminary roster.

Possible potential candidates for a replacement would be Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey, FC Dallas forward Jeff Cunningham, or possibly even Aris midfielder/forward Freddy Adu.

Yanks Abroad will continue to monitor Johnson's progress as details become available.
Gtbanna
Saturday May 15, 2010 3:52 am
1.( culeeero)Thanks for the Link on the SI article on Freddy Adu. A good read, provided some previously unheard of insight

2. Muchadu..I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH U ON ADU DRIBBLING & TECHINCAL SKILLS!! Anybody that knows the sport can easily see that he is better than Dempsey, Donovan, Beasley etc in this Department. MILES BETTER!! (DubvMan its clear that u dont know what u are talking about)

3. With all these Skill sets Why is he not on the team? COACHES DONT LIKE HIM...THEY DONT LIKE HIS ATTITUDE, HIS MATURTIY & HIS READING OF THE GAME.

I say, U NEED TO HAVE A WILD CARD PLAYER LIKE THIS. SOMEONE WHO CAN DRIBBLE, RUN AT PPL, CAUSE FOULS (We currently have absolutely none on the Roster) EVEN IF HE IS JUST ON THE BENCH AS A PLAN B.
Jay
Friday May 14, 2010 7:43 pm
Lets get Charlie Davies!!!! Forget those Lame French.
dubVman
Friday May 14, 2010 11:22 am
muchAdu, I'm sorry my friend, but you are oblivious to reality. Adu is not ready for a world cup. He couldn't even get playing time at Beleneses. He has the potential to attain all the skills you are talking about, but until he can do it against grown men, he will never make it to a World Cup.

-dubVman
muchadu
Thursday May 13, 2010 6:29 pm
This is getting ridiculous!! Have people not been watching an anemic USMT offense for the past few years??!!! All Fredy Adu could add is REAL ball handling skills, an ABILITY to dribble at defenders and the SKILL to deftly pass and shoot on the run!! Don't give me BS that Bradley, Clark or Edu can do these things and Pluueesse have you seen demps pass well in the midfield??!! Donovan is a one dimensional winger with the ability to run fast and make a few plays on a counter attack...thats it!!And as for all those who would deny his skills and say he cant play defense......all we freakin have is defensive players??!! As for Davies get an AMERICAN doctor to decide his fate not a FRENCH one!!! so stupid!!
KHoffman13
Thursday May 13, 2010 2:20 pm
@ Harris...on the contrary...maybe we did just catch a break. If Davies can get clearance from his club by weeks end, and the injury to Johnson looks to rule him out of training for a few weeks, it is completely possible for Bradley to call Davies in....that is if...and big if, Davies gets medical clearance.
culeeero
Thursday May 13, 2010 11:27 am
Sorry, JUVE, I don't know many who would agree. The thing that Freddy needs is a summer bunkering down and working with a coach and getting himself prepared to contribute to his club team.

Did you read the SportsIllustrated article about him a few weeks back? Even Héctor Cúper has some pretty harsh words about his mentality towards the game -- enough to suggest that even the coach who wanted him at Aris thinks he needs to work on his commitment.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1168400/index.htm

Personally, I think Freddy has spent too long being too invested in being this idealized prodigy that he hasn't figured out how to do the hard work. Taking him to SA isn't going to teach him that.
DougMa
Thursday May 13, 2010 9:31 am
I feel bad for Eddie if he can't go on, but you can't say he hasn't already had his share of breaks to make an impact with USMNT. He's had far more chances than H.Gomez or E.Buddle over the last several years, and he's squandered every one of them.
The Gerst
Wednesday May 12, 2010 10:08 pm
Word is that the injury is very minor and taking him out was just a precaution, which is good for the USMNT. Although he's not our top striker, he is still a striker that will possibly add some depth.

No, this does not open spots for Adu or Davies. And no, it is not Bob Bradley's fault they are not coming.
Harris
Wednesday May 12, 2010 3:58 pm
Cant catch a freaking break...
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