Americans On The Continent: Greek Tragedy

Despite Aris Thessaloniki’s American pair linking up for a goal from the bench, the Thessalonian club limped to a 2-1 defeat against ten-man Xanthi.
By Aaron West

Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson came on as 65th and 71st minute substitutes, respectively, combining for Aris’ only goal in the 90th minute.  After Aris found themselves down 2-0, Hector Cuper brought on Adu for Toni Calvo at left midfield and Johnson replaced the injured Sergio Koke.  On 90 minutes, Adu found the streaking Johnson on a through ball from the left and the former FC Dallas striker was able to bundle it into the back of the net and give the visiting supporters a glimmer of hope.  Despite the Americans’ effort however, Aris could not complete the comeback and the final scoreline remained 2-1.

Eddie Johnson, Aris Thessaloniki (Greece)

Vs. Xanthi, 1-2, 19 minutes, Goal

See above.

Next Up: Vs. Panthrakikos, Saturday, February 6

Freddy Adu, Aris Thessaloniki (Greece)

Vs. Xanthi, 1-2, 25 minutes, Assist

See above.

Next Up: Vs. Panthrakikos, Saturday, February 6

Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)

Vs. Grenoble, 4-0, 90 minutes 

Bocanegra went the full 90 in his third start in a row for Rennes.  The previously out of favor left back put in a strong performance in the 4-0 win as he looks to cement his place in the side going into the World Cup.

Next up: Vs. Bordeaux, Saturday, February 6

Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)

Vs. Werder Bremen, 4-3, 90 minutes 

Bradley and Borussia Monchengladbach counted on three goals in the first 18 minutes to remain at 12th place in the Bundesliga.  However, as they travel to relegation-threatened Mainz on Sunday, they have the chance to move as high as 7th place.

Next up: Away to Mainz, Sunday, February 7

Steve Cherundolo, Hannover 96 (Germany)

Vs. Nurnberg, 1-3, Did Not Play (Suspension)

Cherundolo was sidelined with a yellow card suspension as Hannover fell 3-1 to Nurnberg at home.

Next up: Away to TSG Hoffenheim, Saturday, February 6

Square Passes

20-year-old American Daniel Williams played in only his second game for SC Freiburg, going the whole 90 minutes at right back as they fell 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen. 

Jermaine Jones is still not fully fit and was not included in Schalke’s squad for their 2-0 win over Hoffenheim.

Goalkeeper Luis Robles will start on the bench tonight as Kaiserslautern takes on Alemannia Aachen away.

Goalkeeper David Yelldell was in the stands with an MCL injury as TuS Koblenz beat Dusseldorf 1-0. 

Ricardo Clark did not make the bench for Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 loss to Cologne at home. 

Jared Jeffrey did not dress for Mainz’s 3-0 loss to FC Bayern.

Aaron West's feature "Americans On The Continent" appears every Monday on Goal.com.

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