SPORTS

Greek squad flies to New York

Greece?s national soccer team flew on June 5 to the United States where it will face Ecuador in the early hours of June 8, Greek time, after downing Malta 3-1 on June 4 for the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Although the match against Ecuador is a friendly, it has special significance for Greece as victory will ensure it will be among Europe?s top-10 teams in the FIFA rankings and get seeded for the World Cup qualifying group draw next month.

The players of coach Fernando Santos will be facing the South Americans at the Citi Field in New York, with Greek-American central defender George John joining the national team for their training sessions.

The Greeks will be boosted by their good performance against lowly Malta in Piraeus that saw them stay on top of their group with four matches left to play.

Meanwhile, Zisis Vryzas, who is an assistant to Santos, is likely to announce his departure from the national team setup by the end of the week in order to join Panathinaikos as technical director.