Adu assists on Johnson goal in Aris debut

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Freddy Adu's Greek adventure has gotten off to a positive start as he managed to set up Eddie Johnson's first goal in Greece with a stoppage time assist in Aris' 2-1 loss to FC Xanthi on Sunday.

Adu came on as a 64th minute sub in his Aris debut and helped give his club a consolation goal in the 90th minute when he floated a long pass to Johnson, who touched the ball past the Xanthi goalkeeper before finishing off his first goal since joining Aris earlier this month.

Here is the goal (at the 2:10 mark):

Aris returns to action on Saturday with a home match against Panthrakikos.

What did you think of the goal? Starting to feel better about Adu and Johnson's move to Greece? Reserving judgment until Adu can find consistent playing time?

Share your thoughts below.

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143 Responses to Adu assists on Johnson goal in Aris debut

  1. BetaMale says:

    Suit ’em up for the World Cup

  2. Robert says:

    More proof needed, definitely…. but good sign indeed

  3. anovato says:

    what a ball by adu, that was a ridiculous pass

    how odd that they combine for a goal, things that make you say huh?

  4. Jeffrey says:

    What a horrible looking field! Glad they linked up but gotta say Eddie’s first touch was not so great despite the result.

  5. Mike says:

    was that a soccer field or a mine field they were playing on?

  6. Mike in Long Island says:

    Wow… that Greek Superleague must be worse than I thought.

  7. Matt says:

    Decent pass.

  8. BCC says:

    Any goal is a good goal. Great pass and finish.

    I will say, however, that EJ was lucky on that first touch. I’d rather be lucky than good.

  9. over there says:

    That pass was sick. I know he may not have earned playing time, but I want to see Freddy play. I think he may actually produce with playing time. Look forward to seeing more of both.

  10. einar says:

    good pass by adu but in truth the goalie was too horrible on that play.

  11. anovato says:


    outside of his foot, 30 yards, looping over defenders onto the foot of a running player

    world class pass

  12. Chris A says:

    Going by the UEFA ranking that league is slightly better than the SPL but this ranking has the Ukraine league above the Eredivsie and the Portuguese League

  13. ahm says:

    playing on a crappy field in an out of the spotlight league where he has to earn his playing time with a fabulous coach? perfect pass and perfect situation for freddy to earn his red/white/blue stripes

  14. JD says:

    MLS level of play isn’t as bad as the haters want to believe.

    I’m glad they’re both making some coin but I’m not sure that this league represents a drastic increase in the level of play vs. MLS.

  15. Chopper says:

    Frankly I’d rather EJ get a bit more “good” so that he won’t need to be so lucky.

  16. CrispyST3 says:

    Not really, cuz luck runs out, and if you’re good, thenn………you’re good

  17. SS says:

    Sick pass.

  18. Hood Rich says:

    World class pass by Adu. Mickey Mouse goalkeeping. How was the match before these two guys came in? Maybe they will start next week since the loss gives the coach a reason to start both of them.

  19. kahlva says:

    Great pass, but…

    Is the Greek league really superior to MLS? From the little I’ve seen, it really doesn’t look like it.

    Also – what a terrible field. That’s just awful.

  20. anovato says:

    yeah, such a great pass

    he has always been an amazing passer

  21. fischy says:

    What MLS lacks is the good first touch and quality shooting — what USA players have always lacked compared to others around the world. We’re getting better, but it’s showing up more in other aspects of the game. The great ball control first touch and the presence and control to direct first-time strikes through defenses and finding the corners or top of the goal — I assume that will come as more Americans spend more time playing the game, but right now very few Americans are able to do what lot of other professionals can.

  22. Jerome says:

    Greek League > MLS.

  23. Panos says:

    First of all Aris was playing away at Xanthi, a middle of the table team, that does have the worst conditions in the entire Super League. It is a shame that the first experience many Soccer By Ives fans have with the Greek League is the horrible pitch at Xanthi.

    This is by no means an indication of the playing surfaces in the Greek League. Think of it like artificial turf for soccer, wait that happens in the MLS. Think of it has American football lines on the field, wait that happens on the MLS.

    My point to the group is do not judge the Super League on one set of highlights, give it a couple games and then make an opinion. Keep in mind that Olympiakos and Panathiakos are both in the latter stages of the Champions League and Europa League. Also keep in mind that AEK and PAOK are traditionally strong teams.

    Just my two cents, but my favorite part of the highlight was the commentator stating that you can ‘already see the chemistry between the two Americans.’


  24. BetaMale says:

    however MLS field > Greek League field

  25. Tetsuo54 says:

    He tried to shoot it in

  26. Nate G. says:

    The GK was pitiful on the play. However, you still have to finish and that’s what EJ did. A good pass from Freddy, but at the end of the day any GK worth his gloves knows that the terrible “no man’s land” positioning of the GK caused that goal.

    And the pitch – I played on better pitches in high school and Division 2 college.

  27. Niccollo says:

    the ukraine league has a lot of money in it.. you’d be surprised at how well off the league is… but ranking leagues makes as much sense as ranking teams imo.. under specific circumstances any team can beat any team just as any league can show a better footy project than any league

  28. Lil' Zeke says:

    Nice luckmeg

  29. fischy says:

    Adu’s pass was probably a tad too long. Tough for a keeper to deal with, but tougher still for EJ. The goalie should have done much better, but props to EJ for getting a decent touch directing it through the keeper’s legs and then finishing it.

  30. anovato says:

    eddie jonhson has no chance at making the team… we should be focusing on freddy

  31. roger says:


    go dynamo!

    take is easy!

  32. Tom says:

    I didn’t rewind the highlights to rewatch the goal, but did Johnson even touch the ball before it goes through the keepers legs? It looked to me like an awesome pass from Adu, a horrible job by the keeper, and then an adequate finish by Johnson.

  33. Tony says:

    Luck, skill, who cares, these guys need confidence and putting the ball in the net is all that matters. Congrats to both, keep up the good work.

  34. D says:

    Eddie Johnson has a huge chance to make the team. There is still a glaring hole at the striker position. I am as hopeful as anyone for Charlie’s comeback, but the fact is still that he is not playing and EJ is. If Eddie starts scoring, he’ll be getting a long look for SA.

  35. JSmiley says:

    Are Freddy and Eddie making more money playing in Greece than they would in MLS? If so, how? The attendance at mid-table games is apparently on the order of 2000-3000 if that film clip is any indication. (Wikipedia confirms: capacity is 7,361.) Several MLS teams have attendance averages that are higher than the capacities of Greek stadiums. (Stadia, I guess…they are Greek after all.) Are TV contracts with ESPN and FSC not comparable to the TV contracts the Greek leagues get? Do the CL and Europa league payouts to the top Greek teams trickle down to the rest of the league?

    Just wondering.

  36. anovato says:

    cooper, casey, and ching are all in front of johnson

  37. Phil says:

    that field and crowd just go to show…just ’cause yer in Europe doesn’t mean it’s brilliant football

  38. JSmiley says:

    I meant to say: Several MLS teams have attendance averages that are higher than the capacities of about half of the Greek stadiums.

  39. Todd says:

    Fine goal by our guys.

    Not sure about Greece. Can’t tell much about the quality of play from those highlight. However, that pitch looked awful and it was not much of a stadium. Similar to what I’ve seen just to the north in Bulgaria.

  40. Ed says:

    And I thought MLS attendance was bad…

  41. Bob Bradley Sr. says:

    Freddy can play when he wants to. Let’s hope he really, really wants to.

    Sick pass. Great finish. Keep it up boys.

  42. einar says:

    as long aas we have turfs not really buddy

  43. jonathan says:

    all of you MLS lovers are absurd… as long as players like freddy can go and get 10-15,000 euros a week, why the heck would they come to the states for 4,000 dollars a week? Doesn’t make any sense… which is why until MLS can pay, it will be a lesser league, do any of you watch the A- league?? The quality of play is actually better than in MLS, players are a tad faster and better on the ball. Dont’ know where all of the mls supporters get off, calling out other leagues as on par or below MLS, it’s just not the case. Any league that Beckerman can dominate in, is just flat out not a good league. Beckerman wouldn’t make the reserves in any league on the european cont. (ok maybe in jupiler league.. maybe!!)

  44. wilyboy says:

    Considering how little they have played over the past few years, and that this was the first 20 minutes of them on the field together, very good start.

    I think Johnson and Adu will clean up a bit over the next couple of weeks, assuming they get rewarded with minutes.

    Check back in a few weeks, but the way forward is for us right now, they’re definitely worth talking about.

  45. scott says:

    here here…

    that keeper was horrible. First thing I thought when I watched that was how the keeper mis-played that ball. The replay showed it went through his legs and EJ was lucky enough to get to it a deflect it in, but the keeper should have come out and cleared that ball before any of that happened.

    At any rate- keep up the good work Yanks!

  46. balki bartakomous says:

    MLS’ level isnt where realistic die hards want it to be. Sometimes you have to be critical of yourself before you make improvments and acting like a fan boy of MLS isnt helping the league progress.

    We learned this in the Gold Cup and the Honduras friendly

  47. Jerome says:

    What does MLS have to with this game?

  48. Sgc says:

    Right, his first touch was *almost* miraculous. Johnson tried to nutmeg the keeper on the first touch, but he closed his legs just in time. Eddie got a little lucky that the ball still fell to him, but it’s also a case of making your own luck.

  49. Jerome says:

    truer words have never been spoken.

    Although im a Die-hard MLS fan, so i think its more of the exagerrated MLS fans who are new to the game. Who see David Beckham and 2 or 3 other has-beens comes to MLS and all of a sudden MLS is very close to EPL/La-Liga level. When it dosent work like that.

  50. Mike says:

    the comparisions between greece and MLS are pointless to me. First, this clip was the only greek league action most of us have EVER seen. not enough to judge.
    and second, even if it is equal or slightly less than MLS (not saying it is) it keeps them in Europe. neither went there as a career-ending destination. they went there to earn their stripes and move on to a bigger league/team. I would imagine a Greece team is more likely to sell along young US players than MLS.
    or I could be wrong. wouldn’t be the first time.

  51. Brett says:

    I’d consider it tier 3 or 3.5.

  52. Mike says:

    johnathan, shut up with the a-league stuff. might as well just say ‘I have no clue what I’m talking about’ …. it’s shorter and gets your point cross just the same.

  53. Brett says:

    I hope Freddy is getting serious about keeping up with Jozy and Charlie. Adu is a big part of the future of the national team. I think he left too soon, thinking he could ride his performance in the U20 World Cup into a starting role in Europe. That hasn’t happened, but the kid can be a DYNAMITE player if he develops half the work ethic of guys like Dempsey and Davies.

  54. Jerome says:

    Its really a good start at least. Because early before Adu’s pass he was in the corner and he beat 2 defenders, Cut by one and than did this quick fient than nutmeg on the other which drew a foul as Adu was leaving the 2nd defender in the dust.

  55. Hush says:

    Adu & Johnson had a great ball game.

    I hope Adu is added to the W.C roster. I rather have a 50% Adu in the roster than a 110% Casey,Finley,Cunnin,Rogers,Sasha. Adu showed more in 20 minutes than the bums described on top have shown in 2 years. Funny how my boy Adu flashes everytime he hits the pitch unlike the 5 MLS bums I just named.

    Those saying the MLS is up to par with the Greek league are insanely smoking some serious MLS crack!lol

    When I see the Galaxy,Fire,Crew,etc.. playing in the Champions League, then I’ll start comparing our league to the Greek leaugue… for Gods sake, we are not even close to playing in Copa Libertadores!!

  56. Sgc says:

    Last time Freddy was in MLS, he made 10k a week. Just sayin’.

  57. Jonathan says:

    Do you watch the A-League?? I do… watch it and compare the players skills to those of an MLS game… Let’s just say this… KC vs FC dallas, I change the station w/in 15min… A-league on FSC at 4Am in the morning on sunday, I find myself watching… I’m not a big fan of australians or australian soccer for that matter, but I evaluate objectively, and they have mainly european/japanese and asian players who are much better on the ball than american let me two foot tackle or push you type play. Hands down, until MLS starts realizing that skill is prefferable to brute strenght, it will continue to be an unwatchable league. Forget talent, how about just being able to watch a game??

  58. Jose S. says:

    Considering that MLS teams have lost to teams from Trinidad & Tobago, and Panama in the Concacaf Champions League, I wouldn’t be so quick to knock the quality of the Greek League

  59. Jerome says:

    Any League that has Panathanaikos,Olympiacos, AEK Athens, as top dogs and than the ones underneath it like PAOK Larissa and Aris comapred to a young 14-year old League that has no power clubs. i think its safe to say MLS is just not near it. Sure some of the best MLS players like Donovan,Beckham,etc. can play on the top teams but 98% of MLS players are just hyped by MLS marketing and Exaggerated fans.

    The middle to Botter-half of the Greek League is where MLS teams can play. with maybe 1 or 2 reaching a 4-6 spot.

  60. scott47a says:

    I’m glad someone else said this so I didn’t have to be the only one every else thought was a jerk.

    A decent keeper stops that easily

  61. Reality says:

    A-League is MLS Jr.

  62. D says:

    Casey is going to SA. But Ching and Casey are the same, you don’t bring both of them. Cooper is in the exact same position as any of our fringe strikers, including EJ. Bradley will bring an in-form player above any of Cooper, Findley, Cunningham, Johnson, and also Davies is not a lock to go, if he is can’t contribute he can’t come. All of these players are getting looks, If Johnson is scoring goals you will see him on March 3. The same goes for Cooper. If he is scoring goals you will see him. Adu has got much less of a chance of going because of our depth at midfield.

  63. Oranje Mike says:

    Nice pass from Adu. I’m not on the Adu bandwagon but I also don’t understand the grief he gets from US fans. He’s obviously got skills, even Sir Alex has praised him. Don’t blame Adu for the hype. He’s still a work in progress but in that clip he looked really good. Especially when his lack of playing time is factored in. I hope to see him aim for the ’14 World Cup.

  64. JR says:

    Wayne Ellington scores, lets get him a look

  65. Hunt says:

    I didn’t realize that Hector Cuper was the Aris manager. He certainly has the pedigree to get something out of Johnson and Adu.

  66. panoramix says:

    there are like 3-4 fields like this one in the Greek Superleague. it is frustrating to watch my team play in such bad conditions.

    about the attendance, only season ticket holders were allowed in that game. didn’t really understand why though.

  67. Isaac says:

    ….The Champion’s League? That’s a European competition dude…..

    If you’re talking about the CONCACAF Champion’s league, there isn’t a way MLS teams can NOT get into that….

  68. El Michael says:

    Only Freddy can turn a SBI thread into a Big Soccer thread for a day

  69. v says:

    When comparing to the MLS, I think Greek Super League is more like The Portugese Liga. They have a few standout teams (Greece: Olympiakos, Panathinaikos, idk) and Portugal has FC Porto, Benfica, Sporting CP, well this year Braga too. But otherwise the leagues are so-so besides these select teams.

  70. Tom says:

    Sounds like some of you haven’t seen what the Aris home support is capable of. Unfortunately their next home game has fans banned for a previous away pitch invasion.

    link to

  71. Tom says:

    Aris has a small stadium, but loud!

    link to

  72. Isaac says:

    I think everyone here wants to see Freddy back in form because the in-form Freddy was magical. He could work his way out of situations and create things in a way that looked amazing and actually turned in to dangerous offensive plays. I can’t remember the last American to juggle his way out of a back-to-goal situation with two Brazilian defenders on him(but then again, what non-American has?). Not just that, but imagine what it would be like to have another young player working hard for a position on the roster/18/11 every day.

    Charlie, Jozy, Freddy, and Mo looking at facebook videos and tweets, seemed really close, and you can only wonder if news of Charlie working hard to get back from the horrific injury motivated not just Jozy, but Freddy as well. Imagine:






    mouthwatering….but I’m getting ahead of myself. This definitely gives us another reason to watch Aris matches, and gives Freddy and Eddie a confidence boost. This goal can only bring them closer and help the push eachother.

  73. Isaac says:

    TRIVIA TIME!!!!!!

    Who were the last two Americans to collaberate on a goal on the club level?

  74. Eurosnob says:

    Chris, UEFA rankings take into account how teams from each country did in Champions league and Europa league (former UEFA cup) in the last five years or so. The further teams advance in these competitions, the more points they get. Last season, Ukrainian teams did very well. Shakhtar won the UEFA cup, Dynamo Kiev reached the semifinals (where it lost to Shakhtar), and Metalist reached quarter finals (where they lost to Dynamo).

  75. jig says:

    i cant tell the difference.

  76. Jerome says:

    Well Aris has players like Koke who made 40+ appearances for Marseille and had Players who had 33 appearances for Boca Juniors,etc. And these are players who are stll in their mid 20’s. Aris and the Greek League is a better League than most MLS exaggeraters will admit.

  77. attenborough says:

    Freddy still has more skill pound-for-pound than anyone else in the US player pool. I think that if you put our ideal starting XI up against a team with Freddy in the middle, he would embarrass them any of them save Torres.

    Somebody send this video to Alexi.

  78. Greg says:

    This is great to see, hope it continues! Go Freddy and Eddie

  79. gb says:

    good to see the two laziest players in the USMNT pool do well.

  80. gb says:

    haha, adu and “working hard” in the same sentence. Right.

  81. BetaMale says:

    how do you know he’s not a hard worker? I love how some people bring down others with no actual evidence in truth.

  82. BetaMale says:

    once again, how do you know this? Have you seen alot of practices with Johnson and Adu? No, you are just spouting off fact-less conjecture. Thanks for adding nothing to the discussion.

  83. goalscorer24 says:

    Great to see! Johnson was lucky on his touch, but great pass by Adu. I hope that continues. Maybe these too need to play together to get ahead.

  84. BCC says:

    Good point, and I would rather watch a game on turf and football grid lines than a game on muck.

  85. JCC says:

    Nice pass, but the keeper was absolutely terrible on the first shot.

  86. Sean says:

    If we played this lineup at the World Cup, we would get laughed out of South Africa. Adu plays ONE good pass and now he’s the savior again. Get a grip people.

  87. BCC says:

    It’s an old adage. Don’t over-think it.

  88. JSmiley says:

    How many A-league players are in the USMNT player pool?

    How many A-league players are in any national team’s player pool?

  89. Micah King says:

    Are you really Bob Bradley ? Can I get an call up ? JK, lol

  90. Micah King says:

    How are they Bums ? I agree with you on Casey. Sasha has lost passion because he didn’t go to Celtic. Findley and Cunningham were not looked at for a while. Cunningham should have got called up every game when he scored that hat trick on Fulham in the MLS allstars game ages ago. Robers does his job and that is to assist. He missed out doing it in the Honduras game, but you might want to add Wynn to that list of MLS bums. Hopefully Picult can get a look when he is a little older.

  91. Manny F says:

    Sponsor money and tv attendance must be taken into account. Greece is still a footballing country. I can’t say that for MLS teams. Yeah, Seattle and Toronoto are exceptions, but I still don’t think many Americans really watch the local teams like many Greeks do these midtable and smaller European teams.

  92. Barry U says:

    Anything positive for these two guys is welcomed IMO. I was thinking the goalie was suspect myself. BUT I think that we are kinda critical of our guys sometimes. I’ve watched alot of games in the last 7 or 8 years from Europe/MLS/etc… and guys like Gerrard, Torres, Rooney, Ronald, Drogba, Kaka and Landon, Clint, Brian McBride, etc…. have goals that could have been saved by a better effort from a keeper or better marking from a defender. But that does not mean we down play them scoring. I AM NOT SAYING EDDIE OR FREDDY ARE THOSE GUYS!!!!! But it is the nature of the game. Eddie should probably have 2 goals for Aris but a goalie made a Super Man dive to stop him. Freddy also played a square ball that could have been a Goal with some luck. Landon almost had 2 versus Sunderland if not for a defender stopping one at the goal mouth and Clint hit two posts and one was a scissor that would have won goal of the year in the EPL in the game he got hurt in. All that is just part of the game. So again anything positive from these guys is good news – Keep it Up!

  93. Manny F says:

    Yeah but you forget to mention that the imports that A-League has is due to money that MLS isn’t looking to spend yet. A-League is more loving of Soccer than America as a whole is. So the money is there for the A-League to excel. But taking the exports out, how good is the A-League average player?

  94. TimN says:

    Really Matt?? Decent? How about freaking insanely difficult, long, and accurate, right to feet. You couldn’t ask for a better pass in that scenario.

  95. Manny F says:

    In the MLS? :)

  96. JW says:

    Did anyone actually see the entire game? I am more interested in how EJ and Adu played all of their minutes.

  97. EA says:

    Nice to see the grounds crew from the LSU – Penn State Capital One Bowl is still able to find work.

  98. bryan says:

    what?! because one team has a crappy pitch? i cant believe we are even discussing MLS vs. Greek SuperLeague…

    the pressure in Greece is still greater than in MLS.

  99. bryan says:

    right now…but if EJ can improve, EJ > Casey, Cooper, Findley, Cunningham.

    EJ has a HUGE chance to go to SA. it’s obvious, to be honest.

  100. bryan says:

    and it is painfully obvious when you watch Aris home games. In addition to the big boys, Olympiakos and Panathiakos. Even Seattle and Toronto have nothing on Aris games.

  101. bryan says:

    i have to go to an Aris home game. INCREDIBLE atmosphere. everytime i see it i’m blown away.

  102. John says:

    You don’t get extra points for style. The only thing that matters is the ball went in the goal. This is a positive, let’s hope for more. The Freddie and Eddie Show can only improve our chances if they’re in form.

  103. Tom says:

    They came in with Aris two goals down, played about the last 30 min. and were pretty active. Eddie drew a second yellow from a defender, and Adu drew fouls and took at least two free kicks, one a direct shot that missed–he also got a couple decent crosses in. He hustled back and was scrappy, and showed some dribbling skills in the corner. Right at the end they almost got the equalizer. Eddie headed the ball to Adu and the ball stuck in the water. He nailed it across goal and his teammate almost got on the end of it.

  104. Dan says:

    good job, but really not the best placement of that ball. a little shorter would have let johnson settle and wrap it around the keeper. going through his legs was lucky

  105. Jose S. says:

    That is pretty good description of their performance.

    Freddy Adu took most of the teams free kicks and corners.

  106. Wow says:

    Greece is a GREAT league. To see Adu hook up with Eddie Johnson reminds me of former American greats Gus Kartes and Peter Philipakos ripping it up in the great land of Greece.

    Now that Adu and Johnson are phenoms again lets bring them in for a USMNT game and watch as they run aimlessly around the pitch for 90 minutes.

    Any MLS team would ruin the team Adu and Johnson play for. It’s a sad day in America when we are posting and rooting about Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson hooking up on a goal on a half dirt soccer field with 38 sponors on the teams jersey.

    Sad sad day today…

  107. dom says:

    Nathan Ellington scored in that game. That just about sums up the standard of most of the teams in the Greek league.

  108. not really says:

    great pass by adu but johnson was lucky to score. his first touch went straight to the keeper’s feet. any other time that would have been a wasted chance by johnson. he’s overrated.

  109. Jerome says:

    Umm, Ive seen Bradley play Adu as a Foward much more than Midfielder with his US caps. Adu is a Foward most likely in Bradley’s eyes.

  110. Jerome says:

    And Beckerman and Kjlestan are going Wild!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………….Wild as in giving the ball away and getting spunked by Honduras “B”. MLS = World Class.

  111. wildchild says:

    Adu n Johnson both have them work cout out for them. Turkey is crazy country! Too much raki, too much party, too much trouble…

    they will need to walk straight line… easy I said it than done…

  112. Jerome says:

    You mean the Nathan Ellington whos on loan from watford who has EPL goals to his name and was one of the Top players in the CCC for a season..and is still 28?

    The EPL and CCC are better/stronger leagues than MLS.

    Aris the 4th placed Greek team has players from Marseille, Barcelona, Boca Juniors, Benfica,etc.

    What MLS team can say they have these players, outside of the 32- year old has beens that come to MLS as their retirement. NO MLS team is better than the top 5 in Greece.

  113. Jeremy says:

    the pitch may have been terrible, but the mountains in the background were nice…

  114. SD says:


  115. Isaac says:

    I meant outside of the MLS but I geuss I wasn’t specific enough.

  116. Isaac says:

    Did I not say I was getting ahead of my self? why don’t you learn to read the post and pay some freaking attention? reading it twice for you 1st grade level readers…

  117. Jank says:

    Adu’s pass was great, loved it. EJ got alittle lucky with bad goaltending but nevertheless.

    Adu needs to be on WC roster, if not for the fact that he has a bright future and needs to be involved. Don’t be stupid BB, put Adu on the roster!!
    But Adu needs to show he can work his ass off!!

    Also, Can US Soccer be more transparent!!! I know more about Mexican soccers upcoming friendlies than I do about US. That is disappointing. US Soccer needs to find a way to market themselves better with commercials and such.

  118. B1879 says:

    For sure…and to EJ. I remember a nice one during the Spain friendly.

  119. Jorge says:

    After that piece of information, it is goof to know that they are not in Turkey… :-)

  120. B1879 says:

    Good one.

  121. ThaDeuce says:

    He did nutmeg him, the ball went through the keeper’s legs…awesome. I hope they run the table in that league.

  122. Hood Rich says:

    Mathis & Dolo for Hanover?

  123. Wispy says:

    That’s true of stadia like Xanthi and Larissa, but not of the teams from Athens (AEK, Olympiakos, Panathinaikos, Atromitros) or Thessaloniki (PAOK, Aris, Iraklis) who all play in nic, big stadia with capacities that are the same or larger than stadia in MLS.

    P.S. Do you like how I used “stadia” three times?

  124. r.benjamin says:

    people can say what they’re going to about adu and about the greek league and whatever.. and lot of it is tough to argue..

    BUT no one else in the pool delivers a ball like THAT (except maybe torres) and that play could have come in any league in the world.

    Here’s hoping the work ethic and everything else besides happens for the kid.

  125. r.benjamin says:

    the keeper was unlucky.. i mean who’s first touch on a ball like that is right at him? keepers will get wide waiting for the striker to take it either way, this one snuck through.

    As for EJ.. it’s just like baseball.. sometimes you lace one right at someone and sometimes you get lucky and broken bat one in.. dont over think it.

  126. Mollinator says:

    Bocanegra and McBride?

  127. r.benjamin says:

    simply. yes the greek league is better than MLS. How much is arguable, but it is better.

    The MLS all star team last week was far from impressive. How many Greek league players feature on their world cup qualifying camapaign and 04 for that matter? I don’t know the number but I’m guessing is fairly high. How far do you think the team that lost last saturday do in competitions?

  128. chuck says:

    When did he say that?

    Whatever the announcer was saying — it was all Greek to me.

  129. Justin O says:

    “…but this ranking has the Ukraine league above the Eredivsie and the Portuguese League”

    Yes? And?

  130. mwc says:

    Seriously, dude! I imagine the groundskeeper doing the Bill Murray in Caddyshack trying to blow up that gopher before the game.

  131. Eric_the_King says:

    Nice. I’m happy these two are getting on the pitch (a horrendous one at that) and being influential. Hopefully they can keep working hard and get some consistent minutes. But I will say, however, that EJ’s first touch was about as horrible as the pitch. I don’t think he was really trying to nutmeg the keeper. He was looking to bring it down right in front of him and woefully missed. He just happened to miss it in the right spot.

  132. Fus says:

    I’m starting to get tired of everyone who thinks Adu should be apart of the national team. I like Freddy and think he has great potential but he has not given the elder Bradley a reason to call him up. Depth has been a weakness of the national team but, one of the areas that have improved in recent history is Bradley calls in players who are playing with their club and in relatively decent form. Your name or previous performance history on the team is not enough anymore (i.e. Beasley). Adu couldn’t even find time at Belenenses who is currently sitting at the bottom of the Portuguese Liga standings.

  133. Ben says:

    What did we learn in the Gold Cup and the Honduras friendly? That Jay Heap is not an international fullback? That a team full of backups cannot handle losing a penalty/their captain after 17 minutes against a World Cup squad? I don’t think we learned a lot that we didn’t already know. And I don’t think those national team results say anything negative about the quality of MLS.

  134. JayNYC says:

    Both of these moves come down to one thing… Playing Time Playing Time Playing Time. EJ getting time is unexpected, Adu has had a run of bad luck as of late but He can be brilliant when given the chance. Adu has been written off because of “failures” in Europe, those failures are due to politics and coaching changes. Its unfortunate that the Benifica ordeal cost Adu a chance for this world cup but If he is given the chance to find his form he will.

    So far so good for both.

  135. Mark S says:

    Wow, what a lack of support by the home fans.

    Move FC Xanthi.

  136. brentmcd says:

    I would rather watch a game in muck than with American football lines. I used to love playing on a wet, muddy pitch.

  137. brentmcd says:

    Yes, we can dream I suppose, but Bradley would never put all this offense on the field. Where’s your second CDM? bleh
    Spector > Castillo
    Feilhaber > Adu

  138. Scott A says:

    Sick pass. Not sure about Eddie’s first touch ha but hard to say

  139. Ski Fast! says:

    Not gonna lie, that was a clever piece of skill by Adu with that pass.

  140. Hush says:

    LOL I guess you didn’t understand my sarcasm, DUDE!

    When I said Champions League, I meant that our MLS teams will “NEVER” play against European futbol clubs, meaning that our teams can’t compared to those of Greece because of the quality of teams they see year after year. So it is stupid to compare our league to theres.

  141. dom says:

    I’m not from America so I know that the Greek League is a lot better than MLS. I was just saying that a lot of the teams in Greece aren’t that good.