CHAD WINGER - Thursday, July 27, 2006
Midfielder Peter Philipakos has landed another contract in Greece, signing with Beta Ethniki club Ethnikos Piraeus months after his release from Aris Saloniki.
The 23-year old New Yorker is joining his fourth club in a little under three years, after having also spent time with AEK Athens and Olympiakos.
"Pete has signed a two-year deal with Ethnikos," a family spokesman confirmed to YA. "He has a few things to take care of first, but should join the team for preseason immediately."
Ethnikos, who share Karaiskaki Stadium with giants Olympiakos, won the race to sign the American over top flight sides OFI Crete and Kalamaria - as well as fellow second division club Thrasyvoulos - a decision that Philipakos partially made due to an expected increase of playing time.
"He wasn't guaranteed to start every match at those teams," the spokesman continued. "In Greece, people still see Pete as a 'talent' because he hasn't played enough matches, so teams are reluctant."
"He needs to be sure at this point, it's his third year of professional soccer coming up and he's only made about 13 or 14 appearances total so far."
Ethnikos, a mainstay in the Greek top flight throughout the 90's, have returned to the second division this season after having dropped into the third tier and being merged with former club AO Manis in 2004.