CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Friday, January 8, 2010
Newcomers Eddie Johnson and Freddy Adu will sit out Sunday's Thessaloniki derby with a few steps still needed before fully joining Greek Super League side Aris F.C.
The 25-year-old Johnson signed last weekend and was presented to the media on Thursday, according to sources at the club. The Fulham loanee must wait for the departure of Uruguayan journeyman Sebastian Abreu for Botafogo, in accordance with a Greek law limiting the number of foreign players on a squad at one time.
"He might be ready in time for the Cup game on Wednesday," press officer Chrisanthos Tsaltidis confirmed to YA. Following the administrative departure that occurs only on Mondays, Aris resumes their pursuit of the club's second Hellenic Cup with a midweek home match Asteras Tripolis.
Freddy Adu has arrived in Greece's second largest city after securing a loan from Benfica earlier this week and must pass the same administrative hurdle. Following Thursday's arrival in Greece's second largest city, the U.S. national team hopeful was expected officially sign on the dotted line, according to the club.
With the departure of Argentine midfielder Leandro Gracian, the 20 year-old should also be able to suit up in gold and black by next week.
Named after the mythological God of War, Aris F.C. face a symbolic Sunday derby against cross-town rivals Iraklis, ironically representing Ares' nemesis Hercules.
The Americans arrive at a high point in the season for the Greek club following a 3-0 win last Tuesday over Athenian outfit Atromitos that propelled them into the fourth spot of the 16-team standings. With just over a dozen games left, the duo hope to keep Aris in pursuit of Super League leaders Panathinaikos and in contention for Champions League action next season with at least a fifth-spot finish.