Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
USA gets first World Cup injury scare
by Paul Kennedy, May 13th, 2010 12:56AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  americans abroad, greece, men's national team, world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[AMERICANS ABROAD] Only 24 hours after U.S. coach Bob Bradley revealed the 30 players he will choose from to pick his squad for the World Cup, he got his first injury scare when forward Eddie Johnson came off with a possible hamstring injury in the first half of his Greek club Aris' match against AEK Athens -- what is for Aris a meaningless playoff game.

Initial reports were that the injury is not serious.

Johnson had helped his cause for a berth on the 30-man preliminary World Cup roster -- if not the final 23-man roster -- with three goals in the first three games of the competition, a four-team tournament to determine Greece's second entrant in next season's UEFA Champions League.

The other three playoff teams move into the Europa League. Placement in second to fourth place only determines the round the team enters next year's Europa League.

But as the bottom-ranked of the four teams in the competition, Aris began four points behind leader PAOK and was mathematically eliminated on Wednesday.

Leonardo scored for AEK (6 points) in injury time to give it a 1-1 tie with Aris (4). PAOK (13) extended it lead to six points at the top with a 1-0 win over Olympiakos (7).

Fellow American Freddy Adu played the first 75 minutes for Aris, which has two more games to play on Sunday and Wednesday.



0 comments
  1. Joe Grady
    commented on: May 13, 2010 at 10:17 a.m.
    scare? CLAP, CLAP, CLAP

  1. Clear the Ball
    commented on: May 13, 2010 at 10:19 a.m.
    Eddie's just training camp fodder anyway. So is Findley.

  1. Edward Vaughn
    commented on: May 13, 2010 at 11:09 a.m.
    What's the problem? Eddie Johnson is a waste of space. He fails each time he's faced with real opposition, anything beyond CONCACAF. Drop him, find someone else.

  1. Alex G. Sicre
    commented on: May 13, 2010 at 12:18 p.m.
    3 goals for Aris? Who cares.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: May 13, 2010 at 2:54 p.m.
    I fully agree with the comments here. Sadly for Johnson, for some reason he really doeasn't measure up to tough competition and always seems to be injury prone. As for Findley, ht may have some speed, but that seems to be all he has. So I recommend that these to guys go back to their "drawing playing" andget some serious experience.Now the only thing remaining is to see if Bradley sees the trees for the fores?


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Where to Watch European Soccer    
Here are 329 places Soccer America readers recommend where you should go to watch soccer for ...
Mario Goetze's beautiful backward nutmeg on Brecko    
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] Mario Goetze, Germany's World Cup final hero, not only has a nose for ...
This season's most amazing free kick so far    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] You can hardly blame Hamburg SV goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny for remaining rooted to ...
Soccer America Power Rankings    
[MLS: Week 29] Robbie Keane ran wild in the major-market matchup of Designated Players to keep ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"I've always tried to be a guy who makes the right play in front of the ...
Onus on Cavani for PSG against Barcelona    
[UCL: Three Games to Watch] Paris St. Germain-Barcelona is the marquee match of Matchday 2 in ...
What They're Saying: Paul McGinley    
"I bounced ideas off him all week, he didn't preach to me, he didn't tell me ...
MLS's nouveau riche dominate millionaire club    
[MAKING A LIST] Big money has been flowing into Major League Soccer. Of the 15 players ...
USA and Brazil to play U-23 match in Brasilia    
[DATEBOOK] The U.S. World Cup team never got to Brasilia, falling in the round of 16 ...
Report: Chivas USA set to go on hiatus after 2014 season    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The news should come as no surprise. Chivas USA, sold back to MLS by ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives