RECAP: ARIS SALONIKI 2 - 1 ERGOTELIS
RECAPS
EXTRA TIME
CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Sunday, February 14, 2010
Freddy Adu broke through his extended scoring drought with a game-winning strike as the Gods of War overcame an early goal and a red card to topple Ergotelis and put an end to their three-game winless streak.

The resurgent American Adu was the hero of the afternoon with the game-winner and his compatriot Eddie Johnson played through an hour also as a starter.

The visitors took the early lead barely 90 seconds after the opening whistle courtesy of Brazilian midfielder Beto. Following a Diego Romano delivery from the right side, the Brazilian took advantage of defender Darcy Dolce Neto when he slipped, and netted the easy strike from ten yards out past keeper Michalis Sifakis.

At the half-hour mark Sergio Koke decided to take things into his own hands, collected a Eddie Johnson feed, and swatted a 30-yarder at keeper Zsolt Posza, who somehow let the shot slip underneath him while trying to fall on the ball, thus allowing Aris to equalize.

Adu's first goal in Europe since October 2007 came right before the intermission. Neto made up for his earlier error with a fine run down the right side and a sliding delivery into the box. The 20-year old caught up with the feed right at the goal box and coolly tapped in past the helpless Posza for the go-ahead goal.

Aris faced the dilemma of finishing the last half-hour of the game a man down when Nacho Garcia was awarded his second yellow, which prompted coach Hector Cuper to quickly bring off the two Americans to shore up his defense. Johnson was relieved of his duties in the 61st minute and Adu joined him on the bench a minute later.

The Thessalonians fended off the Cretans for the remaining 30 minutes to claim the three points, but still remain in fifth with 35 points following AEK Athens' win over Panthrakikos on Saturday.

The Black and Golds will try to ride the momentum from the energizing home win into Wednesday's decisive Super Cup quarterfinal replay against Skoda Xanthi.
coopalicious
Tuesday February 16, 2010 7:36 pm
i don't think anyone in this thread attempted to compare the greek league to the mls... i'll raise a glass of ouzo to the greeks in honor of the only european championship they will win in our lifetime...
Dustin
Tuesday February 16, 2010 2:09 pm
I've got news for all the people here criticizing the Greek League. Guess again. This league is better then the MLS, period. The quality of play is better and it is a far more pro atmosphere with 34k+ people attending vs. 15K in the MLS. Plus, perhaps you dont know, Greece won the European Championship in 2004 with a team made up of predominately Greek League players. I can't see the MLS managing to do that anytime soon. If Freddy and Eddie play well for Aris and are on form in June they will make the World Cup roster no question about it.
eurofan
Monday February 15, 2010 10:08 pm
i agree with some of you, hopefully he will get called up...but sure enough he still has only scored one game against the weakest opponents from what ive read. We need a creative midfielder who will learn to be smart on and off the ball. the only people i think that could do this is adu, torres, and bedoya. anyways hopefully he can continue to score goals and create chances or assist, c'mon adu last chance in a poor league get to it!
Music
Monday February 15, 2010 5:07 pm
Adu has consistently been one of our best players when playing for the national team. The ratings from the U.S. supporters group back me up, as do videos of the games.

He stopped getting called up because he wasn't playing, now that he's playing for his club, he should be back on track.
PDK
Monday February 15, 2010 12:53 pm
If we put the many emotional fore and against discussions aside, the issue is that Freddy plays in a competitive league (granted no UK or Spanish league, but as good as the Portuguese from which he came), he plays under one of the best coaches in the world (Hector Cuper), and he just started gaining the coach's confidence to be in the starting squad. The result, a wonderful assist to Eddie Johnson last week, and a very nice goal yesterday. What does this mean? Maybe everything, maybe nothing. I'll wait and see if this continues or not.
coopalicious
Monday February 15, 2010 11:50 am
So Freddy finally tallies a goal?? I guess it was bound to happen eventually if he kept dropping down in the quality of leagues. Let's face it, the Greek league isn't exactly the EPL or Serie A.
Brannon
Monday February 15, 2010 11:48 am
As long as Freddy continues to see playing time and produces, Bradley will have to take a look at him for a bench spot. After seeing the last game with the lack of depth the US has. Adu and Torres add another dimension to this team on the offensive side of the ball. Whether you like him [Adu] or not, he is still very young (20) and it would be wise of US Soccer to look at him and allow him to gain valuable experience in being in a World Cup environment. Even if he sees zero to minimum playing time, seeing the environment of the World Cup and how special it is may give Freddy the "push" he needs to live up to the promise he still has.

Keep in mind he has a goal and an assist in his last two games. The fact that he is producing on the field is a good thing. Granted it is the Greek League, but he is playing none the less.
Tom in Chicago
Monday February 15, 2010 11:28 am
Adu scored a goal against a very weak team after 2 1/2 years of fighting with every coach he has had at 4 different clubs and he deserves to be on the national team? He has had every break thrown at him and he has bombed as a national team player. Putting him on the squad for South Africa is a bad idea.
Saint Louis United
Monday February 15, 2010 8:00 am
Freddy has the kind of qualities that could be a difference maker in S. Africa. If he continues to get minutes in Greece and is healthy, he should definitely be on the roster. Remember Justin Mapp . . . he had that one moment of brilliance, Adu is capable of much more.
Rico
Monday February 15, 2010 2:44 am
He got one goal, which is great but lets not get too excited about it.
Page 1 of 2
1 2  Next »
ADD YOUR COMMENTS
Name


Email (will not appear on the site)


Comment


Join the YA Email Alert?

Comments are moderated and will be posted if they are on-topic and free of profanity, abuse and spam. HTML and links are not allowed.

SUBMIT COMMENT

The next test for the Dooley-led revitalization of the Philippine national team kicks off soon.
RECENT POSTS
Mjondalen near Tippeligaen
USMNT ratings vs Colombia
O'Brien nears Neustadt debut
Europa qualification rolls on