The A(me)RI(ca)S Files: The IntroductionBy: Peter Katsiris | January 13th, 2010
While Barack Obamaâ€™s administration leads the way in the fight against terrorism after a bomb plot scare left the countryâ€™s security unreliability exposed this past Christmas, another American Team aims at defending the honour of Thessaloniki.
As you may have heard last week, American soccer stars Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson have joined Greek side Aris on loan deals from Benfica and Fulham respectively. The duo joined the club late last week and immediately took up training sessions with the rest of the squad, but didnâ€™t feature in a 4-2 derby win over Iraklis on the weekend.
Itâ€™s a huge move for the Greek club, but more importantly for Johnson and Adu. While the latter is likely a lock for the US team this summer in South Africa, Johnsonâ€™s lack of consistent appearances for the national team is an indication that the former Kansas City Wizard will have to light Thessaloniki ablaze (before the fans do) in order to crack the World Cup roster â€“ which bears plenty of competition through marquee strikers Kenny Cooper and Jozy Altidore.
Even though the World Cup seems to be the target for both players, the goal for Aris right is a spot in Europe next season. Those plans, however, are on hold at the moment as the Thessaloniki outfit faces Asteras Tripolis in the Greek Cup on Wednesday. Super League responsibilities return to the priority on the weekend when Hector Raul Cuperâ€™s travel to face PAS Giannina on Sunday.