PREVIEW: ARIS THESSALONIKI - ASTERAS TRIPOLIS
Recent American acquisitions might see their first action in the black and gold of Aris Thessaloniki on Wednesday afternoon in the Greek Cup round of 16, pending confirmation of the completion of their loan to the Greek club last week.
Both Eddie Johnson and Freddy Adu were named to the 20-man roster to face Asteras Tripolis on Tuesday and could be called upon to help lift the club's second Hellenic Cup, first achieved in 1970. Both Americans will find out on game-day if their loans have been officially accepted according to international regulation.
Following a 4-3 win over Aspropirgos in October, the current fourth-place holders of the Super League host a formidable club trailing only two points behind in the league rankings, and fresh off a 1-0 over Nea Kavala last weekend.
The 25-year old Johnson has nearly completed a loan from English club FC Fulham, with Freddy Adu following in his footsteps from Portugal's Benfica last week. Both players have received a resounding welcome and can expect to see prominent action in Argentine coach Hector Raul Cuper's squad in the next few months at the Greek club.
In the case of any delays in the completion of their transfer, the duo are expected to make their league debuts next Sunday in an away match at relegation-threatened Ioannia.