Adu scores winner in Aris victory

Freddy Adu 2 (Getty Images)

Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson enjoyed their first start together for Aris Salonika in the club's match vs. Ergotelis on Sunday, and the American tandem made quite the impact.

After falling behind early, Johnson and Adu each played a part in helping Aris achieve a comeback victory. Johnson played a part in the Aris equalizer, providing the pass that teammate Sergio Koke buried from distance, while Adu netted the winner in the 2-1 victory by racing in to finish off a low cross just before halftime.

Adu's game-winning goal was not only his first for Aris, but it was his first at the club level since scoring for Benfica during the 2007-2008 season.

Here are all the goals from Aris' victory:

What do you think of Adu's goal? Think either player should be called up to U.S. national team for the Netherlands friendly?

Share your thoughts below.

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118 Responses to Adu scores winner in Aris victory

  1. Missouri says:

    Not yet. They don’t mark very tight in Greece do they?

  2. Toumba says:

    I did not see the whole game…but from what I saw…Freddy played well. Ergotelis wasted a bunch of chances to tie once Aris went down a man.

  3. DC Josh says:

    The weight of a thousand men have fallen off Adu’s shoulders. I hope he can keep it up. One assist and one goal in 3-4 games isn’t bad.

  4. Chaes says:

    Not to be a hater, but where was this “assist”? Looked like a well taken long range goal to me.

    Kudos to Adu, hope he can build on it and make a serious challenge for a spot in our 23…

  5. bigdeadbat says:

    by the look of the sunday commentary thread, they’ll both be starting… completely ridiculous

  6. einar says:

    gj for the two

  7. Tony in Quakeland says:

    I’m happy that they are getting confidence back and playing well. But so far all the clips I havce seen looks like they are playing against last year’s Red Bulls on a bad day…

  8. Big Chil says:

    Great, now we can re-start the Freddy Adu Belongs in the World Cup Starting XI convo again.

  9. Big Chil says:

    P.S. Weak effort from the goalie on Aris’ first goal. We can only hope the English keeper plays like that.

  10. Big Chil says:

    Ouzo. The bane of the Greek league.

  11. BadWolf says:

    There was no assist – good goal though…

    Freddy finished a great move/assist, that’s what he is paid for….not much there either

    Without seeing the game its hard to judge how well either of them performed, certainly can’t make a call for WC based on this….still not wanting to come across as a hater…well done to both…they were part of a winning team.

  12. wilyboy says:

    Freddy has the potential to bump Rogers off the plane, but not Beasley if he’s fully healthy (which I personally think will Never happen).

    Johnson needs to keep scoring, but if he does he goes over Cunningham and Findley, who are both pretty ineffective.

  13. WonsanUnited says:

    Look at the fire in Freddy’s eyes after he scored that goal. That man is on a mission and I think he might just make the breakthrough we’ve all been waiting for at Aris. And look at Super 3 chanting his name after he scored, that HAS to boost your confidence. He made a great choice going to Aris.

  14. BadWolf says:

    None will make WC..they are fringe players, good for exhibition games, when BB needs fillers.

    Freddy had potential, EJ should never have left US.

    Beasley is on the bubble, but could make it, if he stays injury free and continues to perform at Rangers..but IMO he is no shoo-in either.

  15. wilyboy says:

    um… Badwolf, look again at the other options, if you even know who they are. If you really think Rogers, Cunningham, and Findley aren’t fringe players, and that Davies is definitely going, than you’re missing something.

  16. Big Chil says:

    Hey, it’s his 5th or 6th team. The kid’s only 20. He won’t make it onto the WC roster in the next 4 months, but I look forward to seeing what he’s like at 24.

  17. Eurosnob says:

    The assist was in one of his previous games – a very nice lob pass to Eddie Johnson.

  18. Jose S. says:

    For the Netherlands friendly I only see three players in attack/midfield that are no brain starters.

    Altidore, Donovan and Bradley.

    The other three spots are up for grabs and based on the current form of most players, Johnson and Adu have as good a shot as anybody to start.

  19. IMSYE87 says:

    thatta boy Adu and EJ. keep that good stuff up. more play like this will earn you a call-up but not right now.

  20. C says:

    I don’t see anything that would make me want either of those 2 in SA.

  21. EA says:

    I think the assist mentioned is the one to Johnson from a couple weeks ago.

  22. Arcticrules says:

    If we should have a conversation about Adu on the WC (which I think is horribly premature), then we should have one about Rolfe who just scored a goal in the Danish league. What, no one wants to talk about Rolfe? Then I don’t want to hear about Adu yet. Good for him to get a goal. I hope he progresses. But one goal in Greece does not a World Cup player make.

  23. El Michael says:

    All I can say is that ADU’S army will be in full force now. I still believe he is a long shot to make the squad and I just don’t see EJ having any chance.

  24. EA says:

    I thought Eddie’s trap/turn/pass was more impressive than Adu’s goal.

    But it seems both are contributing in Greece, and Yanks contributing, ANYWHERE, is a good thing.

    Good on both!

  25. Jose S. says:

    For those people completely writing off Adu and Johnson, wait until we find out if there will actually be a MLS season before placing MLS players ahead of them.

  26. Josh From GA says:

    THANK YOU! Rolfe srsly needs a look…guy is good enough for our 2nd 3rd tier… he is consistant and has done decent on the international call ups he has received.

  27. Slyboy says:

    I understand what you are trying to say, but it was a club friendly if i am not mistaken, not league play, or cup play. Totally different.

  28. sef-one says:

    Moderation. For everyone that thinks Adu is great, there are five or more waiting to downplay anything he can does.

    When given a chance he consistently has shown that he can play at any level.

    The Greek Superleague is better than MLS. Period.

    Does this mean he is an automatic for the WC Roster? No.

    However, it is great to see both Johnson and Adu finding their form. The more competition for roster spots, whether self perceived or actual competition in camp, the better the US team will be come the World Cup.

    Personally I am thrilled for Adu as I think Hate can be the best external motivator and I would love to see him prove all the Haters wrong and fulfill some of his early promise.

  29. BadWolf says:

    OK, I believe that Davies will make the WC roster.
    I agree that the options are slim..this is a problem in the US team…

    Cunningham is to old and lacks the pace at this level of competition…

    The two Robbie’s are just not ready. I think that in the future they could both have impact for the team. Both will be in there prime for the next WC…and will have had plenty of experience in the period between WC’s. But for now they just don’t have the experience to step into this level.

  30. Rainstpub says:

    “Think either player should be called up to U.S. national team for the Netherlands friendly?”

    NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!

    These two have had their chances. Just stop this talk and move on. Again, the Greek league is not very good. Watch more than just the highlights. Watch the league games. You will be so UNimpressed that most of this “LOVE” for these two will go away.

    Talk about them again for WC 2014.

    Now, that being said, I hope they both prove me wrong. Dead wrong. I liked both of them when we all saw the potential. Have either lived up to it, NO. BUT, they can still get there. I am not a hater but a realist. 4 months before the WC. But again, Freddy and Eddie, prove me wrong.

  31. shawn says:

    i see that goalkeeping is not a strong point in Greece.

  32. sonicdeathmonkey says:

    There are some that would say he is already 24. Just sayin’. ;)

  33. japan says:

    agree on everything you said

  34. Alex G says:

    GOLAZO DEL GRINGO TORRES, YHEAAHHHHHHHHHH WHAT A FREAKIN GOALLLLLL….

  35. aaronblok says:

    José Francisco Torres G-O-A-L, El Gringo!!!! Nice free kick!!!

  36. Father of Frnacesca says:

    I’d like to see EJ called in for the Netherlands game. We’ve seen Cunningham and Findley recently. We – meaning Bob Bradley – know what they have at the moment. EJ has been working hard with Fulham’s reserves and been getting PT with Aris. I think he’s earned at least a look.

    What are our other options – besides Jozy – at forward (pure Forwards – not including LD and Deuce here) for that game? Ching, Casey, Findley, Cunningham, Rolfe?

    EJ belongs in this conversation.

  37. Hector says:

    It was a pretty nice free kick buried it. Looks to be the game winner. Holding my breath.

  38. NickTheGreek says:

    what are you talking about???
    you are a big liar
    stop talking about Aris

    talk about your team….PAS-paok 4-0 ok?

  39. wally says:

    Thrilled for Adu. My hope is that this means he will finally get regular pt. The next hope is that he will use that pt to establish himself at aris as a CONSISTENT performer. At this point, for Adu to even be part of the nats squad conversation, he has to do it the old fashioned way–by earning it with day in/day out results. Let’s wait and see..

  40. aaronblok says:

    Pachuca wins, sets up a nice game vs. Chivas on wednesday with both teams playing well.

  41. Isaac says:

    You have to like the confidence that both Johnson and Adu are showing. I could see Johnson and Adu being the other two forwards along with Altidore and Davies. Johnson is viewed by most as a speedy second striker, but we’ve seen him do well as the target man as well, like here for instance, where he shows a little touch and passing with his back to goal. Beasley could take the place of Rogers if he also continues to get minutes for Rangers, which, after seeing and hearing about him in the Hibernian game, seems likely.

    The thing that Adu and Davies have in common was that their best spells of play came when they had swagger, confidence that the USA could beat any team on any day, and bravery. For Adu that was 2007 and Davies that was 2009. If they both get back on the field who knows what could happen. It seems beneficial to Aris that Johnson and Adu are starting at the same time, so lets see how that works out.

  42. Isaac says:

    I thought the kid was injured. NICE

  43. Hush says:

    You heard from me time after time. Adu when he is on the field he is one of our best. In three games he shows more quality than Rogers,Sasha,Finley,Cooper,Casey,holden, players who have been playing consistant futbol. Those who say Adu was wack don’t know or understand futbol and the quality of player he is when he gets a chance to start. We don’t have many players, actually we DON’T have a player with Adu’s type skill on our USMNT, so it’s a waste to not have him on our lineup. Like I have said before, I rather have a 50% Adu, than a 110% Casey,Rogers,sasha,finley,cooper,beckerman,etc..

    Off topic:

    The Pachuca vs Puebla was insane! Francisco Torres scores incredibly on a free kick, than does the Ozzie Smith 1987 W.S flip! Good day for Americans.

  44. Blustar says:

    As far as I can tell from the BS boards and Aris fans, Adu was top 3 best player in the field and was an animal defensively and offensively, look at hte game day thread for some of his defensive plays. The kids on fire and now that he’s playing defense Bradley has nothing to not call him anymore unless he really is a hater.

    Adu 10x better than Robbie, Findley, Ching, CAsey, Cunningham, put together…

  45. Jonesta says:

    There are also some that say noone has ever set foot on the moon, the masons are planning to take over the world, aliens built the pyramids, and other such nonsense.

  46. Isaac says:

    Anybody have highlights for the Pachuca game?

  47. Andolini says:

    Good for Freddy and EJ. Not sure why the haters are out. Also, I’d like to point out that there is something to be said for being able to endure in Europe for a few years before finally making a breakthrough. Freddy and EJ would have both play every week in MLS, but I’m sure after their struggles that neither takes their careers for granted now. That mentality would hopefully rub off on other players should they get called back into the USMNT camp. not saying they deserve it now, but we shouldn’t write them off either.

  48. Isaac says:

    I think you’re pushing it just a little bit. Potential-wise you’re probably right, but I think otherwise you’re wrong…

  49. wally says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out there’s some top secret government/media complex where they lobotomize folks like Blustar into brain-dead believers in the all mighty cause (adu at the wc).

  50. BCC says:

    Agreed. Johnson did about 1% of the work on that goal.

    He did, however, look confident on the ball. He looked terrified with it when he first arrived at Fulham.

  51. Gaelen says:

    If no forward impresses against El Salvador, EJ deserves at least a call up for the Netherlands game although not necessarily any playing time in the game itself. With Adu, he has more competition than EJ and I think he needs to show more before he gets any strong consideration, but at least Adu is showing signs of improvement.

  52. BCC says:

    Excellent point.

  53. smokedgouda says:

    good run by Freddy.

  54. Good, but let’s see him do more. If he keeps on improving, definitely. If not, no. Simple as that.

  55. jpc says:

    No, they shouldn’t get called into any camp in the near future. They should be allowed to do what needs to be done at the club level, then, if they continue to start and play well, you put them on the 23 man roster…

    Everyone knows the qualities these guys bring to the table, we’ve seen both succeed at relatively high international levels in the past. Being in camp w/ other fringe players will do nothing for either player, nor will it help Bradley learn anything new about them he already doesn’t know. It’s just a matter of whether they are getting regular playing time, are fit, and are confident.

  56. kar says:

    Yea, but working (painfully) through Google’s Danish-English translation, appears Rolfe was very active all game and got the assist on the first goal in addition to his own (and at least two shots saved by the keeper). just saying

  57. Toumba says:

    What did I lie about?

    And how can you forget Paok v Aris 4-1? Would you like me to talk about that game?

  58. jpc says:

    my mistake, if its an international date and club schedules are put on hold so the top players can go, then yes, they should at least be considered, depending obviously on whether the good run of form continues

  59. JD says:

    What games do you watch to make such a statement, “Adu when he is on the field he is one of our best.” He was sub-par in the Gold Cup this past summer. I wish Adu well, but it seems to me that Holden has more upside in a midfield role – particularly if you consider defensive work.

  60. john.q says:

    i’ve made more than my fair share of Adu-Bashing jokes on this blog, but I can never deny the natural skill he possesses. hopefully this stint at Aris brings his confidence back and helps him elevate his game. would definately like to see him at this years WC.

  61. heironymous says:

    I’m confused. All the bashers who are saying things like “They’ve had their chance” etc. Who do you have ahead of them? Especially at forward? Obviously there’s Altidore. Davies – if he’s healthy (a huge if – and good luck to him). Moving Clint up top is a decent option (of course, that stretches the midfield depth) – once again – if he’s healthy. What’s next? We can’t go with just three. Is there a Brian Ching bandwagon somewhere? Do you really think Casey or Cooper are the answer? Findlay? Cunningham? Are these the established American international strikers blocking EJ and Adu?

  62. mfd says:

    clip Adu doing some defensive work link to i48.tinypic.com
    And EJ with a great run and shot link to i46.tinypic.com

  63. jr says:

    i still think ADU should get called up for netherlands

    im not sure about EJ though

  64. Alexandria says:

    I say no way on adu, until he becomes a two way player, his style of play won’t match the older guys we have on the team, maybe the lead up to 2014 we’ll see adu, but not now, the style of play would have to be changed to place him into the lineup and thats not something thats going to happen with the world cup this close. Let him earn it, he hasn’t in my eyes and neither has ej.

  65. Tom says:

    Obviously some heads are going to explode (while saying how happy they are) if EJ and Freddy play their way into the SA team.

  66. Isaac says:

    It’s interesting watching Adu play at left midfield/wing when we’ve heard for ages now that he’s not a natural left sided player. His crosses seem very dangerous, it’s not limiting any part of his game. Salonika are playing like this:

    ———————–Johnson————————

    Adu———————Calvo———————Koke

    ————–Prittas————Garcia—————

    Nasuti————-Arano—–Guiaro—————Neto

    ———————–Sifakis————————

    Johnson has looked good as a target man which is good for depth reasons and If Adu is doing well at right wing that’s just as well with Donovan doing well on the right and Dempsey scoring beauties up top.

    Freddy hasn’t gotten consistent minutes in a while so if he starts to get them now, it must mean he’s playing at least decent, and a decent Adu is normally still a danger to opposing teams.

  67. Barry U says:

    Wow this entire thread is stupid. Eddie and Freddy have about 4 or 5 games before the March friendly and if they are still playing well by then I think they get a call. This Aris thing I think is really good for these guys for two reasons – 1. A decent league in Europe similar to Holland, Sweden, SPL, etc… to get PT in is always a good springboard. 2. The coach Cuper is someone who people respect and if he plays them then they are doing something right.

    Also, If I am not mistaken the US will get togehter for the WC a few weeks before they hit SA and if EJ and Freddy are getting playing time with Aris until the end of the season they will get an invite to the camp. Then Bob will pick his 23 and alternates. So if they are playing at club level they will have a chance. If you are a USMNT fan you hope they both start scoring or playmaking for fun at Aris. Same with Jozy, LD, Holden, Clint, etc…. You can’t have enough in form players when heading into a WC.

  68. Andrew H. says:

    Agree almost 100%. While it is not a good sign that Freddy has not played much at all in the last couple of years, when he does play he looks pretty good. Meanwhile, when guys like Rogers, Kljestan and Wynne play they almost always look terrible. I am going to believe my own eyes and say Freddy is better than Rogers. I actually think that Findley could be a decent sub though.

  69. Isaac says:

    Freddy was a two way player the whole game. He was doing excellent defensive work, being scrappy, getting stuck in, and overall showing a good work rate and motor. Look at the clip mfd posted a coupled comments above you.

  70. this is straight up non sense…… I remember what people were saying after the friendly against spain….. what has made everyone change their mind? he has not played for a while and now that he is we should all be glad and pray that he makes it to the world cup…. he is the missing piece to the puzzle that is our national team…. An Adu with swagger and fitness is the thing that will push over the top…. it really seems like everyone has invested so much time in Adu and right now they do not want to get let down….. you should feel that way….. all along the goal has been to have Adu ready for SA2010 which he will be. We should not be hating…. this is a 20yr old which nearly singlehandedly beat spain…… He carried the under-20 team to the quarterfinals….. he is a beast…. and by the way I post on this site nearly everyday and check it multiple times a day… and I dont really recall hardly any of your names you trollers…..

    Rant over.

  71. ELAC says:

    Gringo Torres’ free kick is the goal of the day.

  72. Never First says:

    I’ll admit I don’t watch the Greek league often, but the few matches I have seen, the quality is no better than an average MLS match. Maybe I just saw some poor matches. I hope Adu plays well, and I wouldn’t rule him out of the WC yet.

  73. Cosmos Forever says:

    Great to see MLS grads succeeding in European leagues. I for one am glad that these two guys aren’t sitting on the bench rotting. There’s plenty of time for them to influence BB’s world cup decision. Oh, and given our injury bug don’t count either of these guys out for the plane trip to SA.

  74. freelancer says:

    Absolute scandalous defense on both goals!

  75. davidaubudavid says:

    EJ had the awareness to slow the play down and find the best possible pass. Sure the part he played in the goal was hardly anything compared to the scorer, but besides ching (maybe davies) no other U.S. forward would have even made that pass.

  76. freelancer says:

    I hate to Pl$$ in everyones Cheerios but a tap-in goal against horrific defense doesn’t annoint Adu an automatic plane ride to SA.

    He scored a couple of goals at the Gold Cup and was still absolutely aweful and lazy.

  77. Hush says:

    Who do you watch?? Name one player in the probables W.C player pool that is a better play maker than Freddy Adu?? Holden?lol The kid is good don’t get me wrong, but he hasn’t played against real competition during his USMNT journey. Gold cup?? C’mon, Adu scored a goal and left back to Benfica looking for a spot. How many games did Holden play in G.C? How many moments besides Haiti did he have? Adu scored and left after only 2-3 games. Adu has done much more career wise than Holden at this point. I’ve seen the kid shine against great teams, I can’t say the same for Holden. Pound for pound, Adu is a much better all around player than Holden besides defense. I like Holden, but he doesn’t amaze me with his first touch. That’s my opinion.

    You said:Holden has more of a defensive work. True. But you should of watched Adu’s defensive work today. We have plenty of Brain Urlachers on our pool already. I just don’t want to see finley,cooper,Rogers,sasha,casey,beckerman,cunningham,etc.. in our W.C roster wasting a spot.

    We are not Argentina or Brazil, our pool isn’t deep with creative players.

  78. Greg W says:

    it’s always great to see Americans do well in competitive leagues. i think Greece is a great place for these two at this stage and skill level of their careers. is it the Premiership, or La Liga? Heck no (just watch the suspect defending on the first two goals)… but its still a great chance for both of them to continue to get better and maybe (MAYBE!) get a nod on the USMNT!!!

    great job boys!

  79. jmac says:

    I second that. My god, that defending was worse than an MLS game.

  80. nico says:

    Glad to see these guys playing…and scoring. But a couple of good performances doesn’t equate to a national team call-up…at least it shouldn’t. You can’t ignore the last months/seasons just because of a few games.

  81. Hush says:

    They shouldn’t get called up?HAHAHA …. but finley,rogers,sasha,cuningham,cooper,casey,etc… should huh?:) It’s funny how Adu plays in a couple of games and looks better than all the players mention on top with their 2 years of playing time.lol

    Adu: 3 games that barely go over the 90 minute span. Yet he assists and scores and looks good doing it.

    MLS bums: 2 years and nothing to show for it but a few sprints back on defense.hahaha … yeah, Adu is not ready to get a call up.

    What was that full February roster again?:)

  82. Alexandria says:

    Ok how he played during this game is not the point. I have seen plenty of games where he doesn’t get back, where he is a liability in the midfield. When he’s on the national team it won’t be vs greek league players, this is the difference, and for me personally I need to see more, one game isn’t going to change my mind, he needs a team to be built around his defensive deficiencies, and personally I don’t want us changing the team for him. Besides if he was such a good two way player he wouldn’t have been subbed off for defensive help.

  83. Dave Clark says:

    Greek League has nearly twice as many national team regulars (amongsst 32 WC + next 32 best NT) than MLS

    I’d say you are likely right. Roughly in same range as Netherlands, Ukraine, Portugal

  84. USMNT says:

    Anybody have the Torres goal?

  85. Oakland Lyfe says:

    Gringo Torres is the real story.

    His goal was very nice. But beyond the goal, the kid could bring something very badly needed to our side.

    Benny Feilhaber is nice on the ball, but Torres is better. It’s a crying shame Torres wasn’t been integrated into our side long ago.

    As it is, he should be given a serious look against El Salvador and Holland.

  86. RLW2020 says:

    seriously, josh wicks could have held on to that first shot! it has been a good move for them

  87. JW says:

    Sorry this is long so skip it if you are feeling lazy :)

    IMO EJ is hard to see making it unless he improves his technique. He has speed but every time I see him in a UMNT capacity, he falls short. Does anybody remember his quality in the Denmark friendly end if last year? I am being sarcastic…because I don’t remember any quality from him. He looked lazy and disappeared almost the entire time he was on the pitch.

    I have nothing against EJ making it, if he can improve his game. He has every bit as much talent as Findley, Cunningham, Ching and Casey. The advantage he has over them is where he has played and the coaching he has probably received over our MLS talent. Though he has not played much and only scored a few goals.

    As far as Adu goes, I believe that he has so much more control, vision and passing ability on the ball than anyone of the Sasah K., Beckerman, Rodgers crowd that Bradley has looked at. For whatever reasons he has not played, due to attitude, work ethic in training or defensive ability that does not play into the coaches scheme, he seems to make up for it in the various games I have seen him play. He thinks more creatively than the other guys and has the ability to create something every time he touches the ball.

    Yes he might have a poor game like everyone else does but when it comes to USMNT, one of our biggest issues is possession. You guys must all be agreeing with me on this point. How many times have we all been disgusted with our lack of technique with touch and passing, dribbling etc.. that is why we all cried for Bradley to play Torres last year. All you have to do is watch that last game against El Salvador. If we are looking to fill those last few spots then I believe he has more talent than all these MLS guys and maybe earns a spot if he can overcome whatever obstacles have been holding him back over the past two years. Do any of you honestly believe that Kljestan, Beckerman or Rodgers are better on the ball that Adu? The next few months are going to be pretty interesting to see what happens.

  88. carone says:

    Oh, yes, forget Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi. The future of world soccer is American players…You make me laugh!

  89. He did not come from Region I or the Bradenton Academy.

    He is from the other side of the tracks.

  90. gerald says:

    totally agree, and the keeper muffed the 1st one

  91. For those of you who think that Adu will never be anything….not so fast. A little playing time will do him wonders. He still has technical abilities that most of our players do not. When he is in a rhythm, he is excellent.

    That being said, for those of you who thinks he should be on the World Cup roster, not so fast. Let’s see, if he can string together some positive games from now, until the roster has to be announced.

    If he does well, BB can not ignore him.

    As far as EJ goes, score goals man. Just start scoring goals and shut everyone up already. EJ has the talent too. He just needs to the confidence to score again. Get with it EJ.

  92. DaveW says:

    Try Titulares Telemundo tonight(possible) or La Jugada on Galavisión tomorrow night(likely).

    If you don’t speak Spanish just record and fast forward to see if you find it. I don’t get Telefutura but I assume they have a highlights shows, too.

  93. afrim says:

    Greece is a lot like Scotland. 2 or 3 strong teams then a huge drop off

  94. guwinster says:

    So why don’t all of these European Leagues that seem to be rolling in tons of cash invest in some MLS keepers? I am always seeing clips of these midrange European League keepers looking like complete idiots.

  95. Mike in Long Island says:

    I said it when EJ scored his first goal…. that Greek league must be much worse than I thought.

  96. S says:

    wow that’s bad marking…but at least he’s getting playing time…

  97. CSD says:

    Friedal got beat on a 30+ yard free kick today. The goal in the Aris game came after the ball bounced and spun away from the keeper. It was 2 to 1 it isn’t like a ton of goals were scored.

  98. NickTheGreek says:

    would you like to talk about paok-aris 1-4 or aris paok 4-0???

  99. BCC says:

    I’m sorry, but you cheapen the statistic of assists if you give him one on that play. His pass had very little, if any, bearing on whether the ball went in the net.

    Funny this gets so much resistance. Okay, it’s an assist. Yay, he assisted on a goal for a fifth-place team in a fifth-tier league. Congratulations. And let me save Greek-league fans a calorie and say that I don’t care if you think it is something above a fifth-tier league — no need to argue.

  100. Gary says:

    Stu = squad player. Some upside.
    Freddy = mad talent. Lots of upside. Shown some serious glimpes, but rarely at senior level. Worth trying to cultivate.

  101. wichin says:

    Adu needs to be on the WC roster. There is no other player in the pool that has the ability to create coming off the bench. When we get into a rut like we always do when we play bradley ball, we need people like adu, torres and castillo that have skill, creativity and more importantly, have no fear to go in there and save the day. If they would have gotten in there during the confed cup instead of sasha and beasley…look out…we would won!!!

    Sacha does not belong…

  102. JD says:

    I’m a rabid soccer observer. I agree that our pool isn’t as deep as Argentina or Brazil – all the more reason for being carefully judicious with the selections. The last international match that Adu played, he was pushed off the ball like a second tier player. I won’t disagree that he has shown flashes of brilliance in the past, but I haven’t seen it at the senior National team level in the past 18 months – any more than Holden, Rogers, or Kljestan. They’ve all had “flashes”, some more fleeting than others. International play is a “what have you done for me lately” game. Adu is young and ultimately, he might embrace the promising destiny that he showed as a youth, but let’s see how the Greece Experiment works out before he gets his automatic ticket punched to South Africa. If he keeps the fire going I won’t be disappointed to see him in the roster of 23, but I want serious damned fire.

  103. Sean says:

    Let’s put it this way; I’d rather call up Roy Wegerle than Adu or Johnson.

  104. derrick says:

    what do i think?

    glad to see it. i believe in the kid. simple goal. if he had missed i’d be stunned. And horrendous marking of Adu. Glad to see but i’m not gonna make more of it then it is. Which is one of many positive steps. Hope to see more.

  105. Jerome says:

    Freddy was Excellent Both offensivly and Defensively. On two seperate occasions Adu beat two players on the dribble in a small space. Beat his man many times on his side and on defense had some Donovan stoping Cole moments because Adu actaully hustled his butt off and for once looks possesed like he knows hes only gonna play like this if he works hard and listen to the coach, which is what he is doing and its showing on the field.

  106. Jerome says:

    WHAT? it was a friendly vs a team mad up off mostly teenagers.

    Adu is looking really good ona UEFA League Team.

    Adu> Rolfe.

  107. Jose S. says:

    If all we could see were higlights of the goals scored, guess what? We would think that every league in the world is made up of only bad defenders/goalies.

    Don’t judge a league unless you have seen a few games.

  108. Jerome says:

    The Greek league is avery defensive League, which makes it all the more special that Freddy Adu is having an excellent time out their on the offensive side of the ball. All of Adu’s game so far have come in Rain or when the ground is very poor and choppy because of rain. And despite that Adu has shown to have the best first touch,dribble, and creativity on the field. Imagine when Adu finally plays on a 100% perfect grass field? He would be hard to stop.

  109. Jerome says:

    Not on the first. look at Adu wait and quickly cut in and get in front of his man at the perfect time. Its called Tactical awarness form Adu. And somewhat idiotic posting from people on here who dont know much better.

  110. sean says:

    I’ve gone to MLS games, I’m american and I’ve watched Aris (the team Freddy and Eddie play for). The greek league is not a fifth-tier league. It is more technical and tactical, regardless of a slower pace and less physical battle. Quite a few of the players on these teams are better than the yanks that play in the MLS. Freddy’s coach was incharge of InterMilan, and spent 13 consecutive seasons coaching in serie a and la liga, so tell me that the greek league is 5th rate. Is there any American Coach who has the quality to manage Inter Milan? I rest my case

  111. Nicole says:

    Freddy needs to do a heck of a lot more on a consistent basis before he merits a call up to our national team.

  112. Toumpa2 says:

    And also PAOK-Aris 4-1 ok?

  113. Joe B. NYC says:

    Thanks BCC. I’m an American, I’ll always support MLS teams when they play against European sides, but I think slamming the Greek league—a quality league at that, just to cheapen the achievements of Johnson & Adu are a bit weak…

  114. Tom in Chicago says:

    I think the whole Adu story is one gigantic fish story. Dozens of good American players have played second fiddle to the endless prattling about the Freeddy Adu Show. Adu should be off the radar of US Soccer once and for all. The last time he was called into the national team camp, during the 2009 Gold Cup, he walked out on the team in the middle of the tournament to head to Lisbon, where he had already been told that he was not part of the team’s plans. Adu did the same thing to Salt Lake City, walking out on the team on game day. Adu says he is 5.8 but he is closer to 5.2. He says he is 21 but I think he is 27 and losing his hair. He is not a team player and every club stuck with him figures out very soon what a liability he really is.

  115. ETGoodyman says:

    Well said…I’ve been thinking that the whole time reading these comments. Typically, a goal is the result of a defensive mistake…less often brilliant offensive play. I’m beginning to think there’s a bunch of Jo Jo’s ex boyfriends in this forum;)

  116. ThaDeuce says:

    congrats to them both! and an assist is an assist, always has been, always will be.