Frank Klopas achieved his goal. The United States is still trying.
Klopas scored against his former country, but the United States had a mixed game Saturday in a 1-1 tie with Greece, the next-to-last game for the Americans before the World Cup begins."This was sort of an ego thing," said Klopas, a 27-year-old forward who was born in Athens and raised in Chicago. "I wanted to show everyone and prove to everyone that I was back 100 percent."
Klopas spent four seasons with AEK Athens until leaving last December. He tore a ligament in his right knee in July 1992, needed surgery twice and didn't regain his form until this spring.
He knew this game was being televised back to Greece, which gave him an audience. He scored the goal in the final minute of the first half against Greece's backup goalkeeper, Ilias Atmatzidis, the starter for AEK Athens.
Greece (1-2-4 this year) is preparing for its first World Cup appearance.