Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Eddie Johnson made his debut with Aris Thessaloniki who easily disposed of Asteras Tripolis on Wednesday evening in the Round of 16 of the Greek Cup at Kleánthis Vikelídis Stadium.

Johnson came on as a 79th minute substitute for Argentinean forward Javier Campora.

While the loan paperwork for Johnson was settled before the match enabling the striker to play, fellow American Freddy Adu had no such luck as Adu was made to sit this one out.

Campora put Aris in the lead in the 32nd minute when he took advantage of an error in the Asteras defense and slipped a shot into the back of the net giving the former Cruz Azul and Puebla man his sixth goal in four games.

The Black and Gold almost doubled the margin in the 65th but Campora and Spanish striker Sergio Koke were foiled on a counterattack by Asteras goalkeeper Nikolaos Anastasopoulos.

Fourteen minutes later Johnson made his entry onto the field and then watched teammate Toni Calvo put the match away for the hosts just two minutes later.

The former FC Barcelona youth product reigned in a ball off his chest and sent a rocket past the flailing Anastasopoulos earning Aris a ticket to the Cup quarterfinals.

Should all loan paperwork be processed prior to the weekend, both Adu and Johnson can be expected to receive playing time this Sunday as Aris return to league action versus Ioannia.
Wednesday January 13, 2010 5:38 pm
I would not rush to conclusions that Eddie Johnson will see playing time agains PAS Giannina..... So far, Javier Campora/Toni Calvo are getting the job done regularly latley, I don't really think Johnson will be seeing too much time at Aris, the team is too competitive for a guy thats barely played top flight in years.

He should have started with one of the smaller Greek teams like Ergotelis, who can use him more, and are a quite respectable team, Clint Mathis played there a few seasons ago, and there is Verpakovskis, Latvia's top forward that took them to Euro 2004 to partner up with.
Ivan Drago
Wednesday January 13, 2010 4:40 pm
Neither has much of a chance at South Africa at this point, but here's to hoping they both turn it around in Greece and become useful pro players. I am a fan of, and pulling for, both of them.

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