Adu heading to Belenenses on loan

Freddy Adu will be staying in Portugal for the upcoming European season, but it looks like he won't be spending it with Benfica.

According to Portuguese website Abola, Adu is heading on loan to Belenenses. Adu didn't figure into Benfica's plans after returning from an unsuccessful loan spell with French club Monaco and a loan move always looked like a certainty for the 20-year old, especially with the arrivals of highly-regarded Brazilian youngsters Ramires and Keirrison.

(UPDATE-Belenenses has confirmed the deal, a one-year loan move for Adu.)

Is the loan a good move for Adu? If he still harbors goals of eventually staying with Benfica then the loan makes sense because he will now have his chance to compete in the Portuguese Liga and show whether he can compete and excel on that level. Having to move to some other country on loan might not have been the best situation for a young player, and the reality is there just weren't clubs in smaller leagues willing to pay Adu's hefty salary.

Belenenses currently sits seventh in the Portuguese First Division after three matches. Adu won't have to wait long to see his old club as Belenenses faces Benfica in the first match after the international fixture break, on Sept. 13.

What do you think about Adu staying in Portugal? Like the move? Think he should have left Portugal?

Share your thoughts below.

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132 Responses to Adu heading to Belenenses on loan

  1. Lee says:

    Good move if he gets time.

  2. PetedeLA says:

    Awesome. Good luck kid.

  3. Matthew says:

    Adu is Free!

    Hope to see some of that flash we’ve seen in the past.

  4. Blaine says:

    Don’t think he’ll play much.

  5. Jorge says:

    I hope and pray that he won’t be warming the bench.

  6. Pat says:

    “Let him play!”…Bad News Bears…

  7. SeaOtter says:

    Hopefully, the coach wants him there and he’ll get a fair shot at earning playing time.

    Hopefully, he keeps his head in the game and his ass out of the clubs.

    And, hopefully, he forces Bob to buy him a plane ticket to S.A.

  8. harry says:

    One of his best games in late 2007 with Benfica was vs Beleneses……

    His best play that game…..

    gamehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Prh3b8VSWkY……

  9. John says:

    Its time to write off Adu as a bust. If he was European quality he would have made it by now.

  10. gel65 says:

    stick it to benfica freddie,make us proud and prove all the haters wrong!

  11. IreneIsNotMyGod says:

    He’ll start. Really good that he speaks more Portuguese now. But why is he listed as 5’8? Dude is barely 5’6.

    Donovan is 5’8, Charlie Davies is 5’8, DMB is 5’7. Jay DeMerit ain’t 5’11, he’s 6’1. Carlos Bocanegra is 5’11.

  12. Jorge says:

    SeaOtter,

    Is Adu a Chivas USA? Enoguh said! :-)

  13. BFBS says:

    On paper seems like a good move (without knowing anything about the weapons already in Belenenses’s disposal). No need to move out of Lisbon, learn a new language, a new style of play, etc.

  14. Ben says:

    Hope he gets some PT and gets a chance to shine. We need Adu to step up so USMNT can upgrade their midfield with real talent and experience. Claudio Reyna has yet to be replaced.

  15. soccerroo says:

    wish he had gone to holland but if he gets playing time then this can be a good move.

  16. Judging Amy says:

    anyone know what this team’s midfield situation looks like?

  17. Mark says:

    If he plays it’s a great move. It’s that simple.

  18. RedLine55 says:

    I know many loan contracts don’t allow loaned players to play against the “owning” team. Does anyone know if this applies to the Adu situation right now? That is, if he were to play anyhow.

  19. harry says:

    “Its time to write off Adu as a bust. If he was European quality he would have made it by now.” -John

    So we should wright donovan off as a bust?

    i do think the Adu critics are now scarred(which is why you want everybody to wright him off as a bust) that if Freddy does return back to form, they are gonna have to eat crow..kind of like i did after the Gold Cup…when i was saying he shold get a shot even while out of form….but i dident care much since i knew eventually Adu is going to return back to form and the Adu critics would be eating crow.

  20. 505anthony says:

    He must have the worst agent in football. I thought going to the Dutch league would be good if only because it might toughen him up a little, but otherwise I don’t think there’s too much difference between the Portugeuse league and the Dutch league. As everyone has said, the most important part is playing time. If he’s not getting that, it’s not a good deal. But, really, he needs to get out of Portugal at the next opportunity.

  21. BFBS says:

    I should also mention that Belenenses would have been relegated last season but for a club above them in the standings going down due to financial difficulties.

  22. IreneIsNotMyGod says:

    Adu needs this for PT, chance to go to the WC and above all, morale.

    Portuguese league is the 8th best league in Europe behind the Russian and Dutch.

  23. japan says:

    if he doesn’t see the field on this team…

  24. MensreaJim says:

    I need to make a macro:

    /shift+F5: “If he plays, it’s great. Either way, it’s an opportunity, and that’s all you can ask for.”

  25. Michael Vann says:

    Not only is he staying in Portugal but he is staying in Lisbon. SO Benfica can keep a watchful eye. Belenenses ia the 3rd team in Lisbon. This has potential to be a great move. Let’s just sit back and see how it unfolds.

    BTW, I highly doubt he’ll play against Benfica. Most “mother” clubs stipulate that you do not play against them in a loan agreement. Italy is usually the exception. So no one ape sh** when he doesn’t play the 1st game.

  26. Yossarian says:

    “Its time to write off Adu as a bust. If he was European quality he would have made it by now.

    Posted by: John | August 31, 2009 at 12:30 PM”

    The dude is barely 20 years old. If you gave up on 20 year olds who struggled, you’d have a long list of damn good players who you let go. Check out Joe Cole’s bio sometime and you’ll see a lot of parallels – child prodigy, lots of hype, lectured for neglecting defensive responsibilities. He didn’t break through Chelsea’s starting lineup until he was 23.

    By your rationale, you would have dumped Tim Howard, Benny Feilhaber, Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Stuart Holden… pretty much the entire U.S. National team come to think of it, except for Altidore or Bradley. Everyone on the U.S. team has gone through phases where they failed a trial or loan, had to sit on the bench for a long spell, etc. I take that back – Jozy had his prob w/ Xerez last year and MB might have a long stay on the bench/not dressing, now that he’s butting heads with his manager. People have to relax. No reason to give up on Freddy.

  27. RK says:

    He still has plenty of time to resurrect his career, and be the player we all thought he would be. I’m still confident he’ll be significant contributor to the National team in a few years. It’s just a matte of when his stock stops sinking and starts climbing.

  28. Dman says:

    Don’t know if he’ll play much but here is hoping to something more than benafica

  29. AdamTheRed says:

    I predict…

    Freddy will score his first goal…a game winner against Benfica!!!!

  30. Fireman451 says:

    I was hoping to see Adu sold to another club, but understand Benfica’s business decision. Benfica is trying to recoup their outlay on Freddy, but until he can garner enough interest from a club to buy his salary Benfica is hooped.

    This is Adu’s last chance to prove he’s worth the money, but for some reason I don’t have high hopes for him.

    I actually think Adu would be better suited in a Scandinavian league (Denmark, Norway, Sweden) or maybe Belgium or Holland where he can still get paid more money than MLS and play in a league suited for his game speed. But if he can’t sell his brand of soccer this time around, I think he’ll return to MLS. He’d be able to make a positive impact on a RBNY or maybe Philadelphia and still be young enough to get another look in Europe down the road if he performs well enough.

  31. Michael F. - SBI Mafia Original says:

    Just hope he plays.
    And you can’t play against the team that loaned you out.
    Sorry, guys.

  32. matt says:

    congrats Freddy! Hope you do well.

  33. Jorge says:

    Yossarian,

    I totally agree with you. It is way too early to give up on Adu. He still is a kid.

  34. KCB says:

    How awesome would it be to see Freddy score a goal against Benfica?

  35. sarah says:

    dude is 26, 5-6, slow and easy to knock off the ball. People need to stop thinking he can be a mf savior for USMNT. He can’t even start in MLS.

  36. Brian says:

    “Its time to write off Adu as a bust. If he was European quality he would have made it by now.

    Posted by: John | August 31, 2009 at 12:30 PM”

    Of course things haven’t gone as anyone would have wanted, but can we refrain from calling a 20 year old kid a “bust”? He will never live up to the hype that was thrown upon him as the savior of US Soccer, (at age 14), but at 20 years of age he still has time to develop into a solid contributor for the US.

    Here’s hoping he gets the playing time he needs…

  37. Dman says:

    dude is 26, 5-6, slow and easy to knock off the ball. People need to stop thinking he can be a mf savior for USMNT. He can’t even start in MLS.

    Posted by: sarah | August 31, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    ——————————————

    Please leave the blog now…..dude is 20

  38. Matt D. says:

    Good move, Freddy! Let’s hope he gets some playing time and develop a rhythm. Another season on the bench anywhere would not have been helpful.

  39. OmarVizquel says:

    I need to make a macro:

    /shift+F5: “If he plays, it’s great. Either way, it’s an opportunity, and that’s all you can ask for.”

    Posted by: MensreaJim
    ——————————————

    Agreed. Either that, or “Who the hell knows?” I doubt the world would implode if the comments section for Adu-related stories were disabled.

  40. Kosh says:

    dude is 26, 5-6, slow and easy to knock off the ball. People need to stop thinking he can be a mf savior for USMNT. He can’t even start in MLS.

    Posted by: sarah | August 31, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    ——————-

    Let me guess…you want to see a birth certificate too, huh?

  41. Mig says:

    need to make a macro:

    /shift+F5: “If he plays, it’s great. Either way, it’s an opportunity, and that’s all you can ask for.”

    Dude, that was truly funny.

  42. Bill says:

    Let me guess…you want to see a birth certificate too, huh?

    Posted by: Kosh | August 31, 2009 at 01:09 PM

    HAHAHA. The original “birthers” were the ones dogging Freddy Adu back in 2005.

  43. MVK says:

    “dude is 26, 5-6, slow and easy to knock off the ball. People need to stop thinking he can be a mf savior for USMNT. He can’t even start in MLS.

    Posted by: sarah | August 31, 2009 at 12:59 PM”

    “26″… is that you Sarah Palin? Bob Bradley is going after your grandma and retarded kid as well, get your tin foil hat ready..

  44. Funny thing is, Freddy’s career is starting to follow the prediction Ives had a few years ago.

    I am neither a hater or a fan. What I saw of him this summer at the Gold Cup, I was a little disappointed. He needs to walk the talk, grow up a little, and quit trying to be “everything is cool.”

    Freddy, professional footballers play both offense and defense. The only ones that don’t play defense are those whose offense dictates the game keeping the ball from the opponent.

    You need to put some heart back into your game. You did not show it in the Gold Cup against inferior competition.

  45. Pedro says:

    Its Official: Freedy Adu heading to Beleneses

    link to slbenfica.pt

    1 year loan

    SL Benfica club press release

  46. brad says:

    its a good move…just get him on the field..then we can assess him…

  47. So long as he gets playing time, I could give a toss where he plays.

    Also, when it comes to loan deals, it is traditional and I am sure contractual now, that you can’t play against your home club. So he won’t play against Benfica, but I do hope he tears it up against everyone else.

  48. Bill says:

    I guess I have to trust you on that one Pedro, either that or look into a Rosetta Stone for Portuguese.

  49. RK says:

    Right type of team (middle of the road), right type of league. It all depends on in he plays.

  50. Jose S. says:

    Maisfutebol confirms Adu’s loan

    link to maisfutebol.iol.pt

  51. radi0head says:

    Let me guess…you want to see a birth certificate too, huh?

    Posted by: Kosh | August 31, 2009 at 01:09 PM

    hahaha, football has birthers now too!

  52. radi0head says:

    One of his best games in late 2007 with Benfica was vs Beleneses……
    His best play that game…..

    gamehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Prh3b8VSWkY……

    Posted by: harry | August 31, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    awesome awesome awesome clip

  53. jig says:

    he’ll have more of a chance to play than if he stayed at Benfica, but I still doubt he will play a lot!

  54. Jorge says:

    “26″… is that you Sarah Palin? Bob Bradley is going after your grandma and retarded kid as well, get your tin foil hat ready..

    Posted by: MVK | August 31, 2009 at 01:18 PM
    ——————————————-

    MVK,

    Hey, I am no fan of Sarah Palin. In fact, I can’t stand the woman or her politics for that matter but let us leave her kid out of this. Please.

  55. OmarVizquel says:

    Never has one man playing so little meant so much to so many.

  56. sarah says:

    seriously, the guy is slow, small and lazy everywhere he goes.

  57. cam says:

    MVK, normally i hate politics being brought up in a sports conversation, but that was frickin hilarious. kudos, as they say way too much in the pac nw.

    this is great for freddy, it means that if he has success (which i have faith in) he will have a shot of actually making something out of himself at benfica.

  58. Dman says:

    seriously, the guy is slow, small and lazy everywhere he goes.

    Posted by: sarah | August 31, 2009 at 01:46 PM

    ——————————————

    Seriously, Kindly leave. You’ve lost your cred

  59. Scroto Baggins says:

    Dman – 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, unless of course you think he is tall and fast

  60. sarah says:

    dman- obama’s new blog czar

  61. JSmiley says:

    Freddy is 20 and playing for a mid-table club in a second tier European league. One of the USMNTers played for a similar club called La Louviere when he was 21. That guy is doing pretty well now. Freddy has every chance to do the same. I think he needs to set his sights more rationally – he’s not going win the Ballon d’Or this year – and he appears to need some more capable handlers.

  62. Dman says:

    Dman – 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, unless of course you think he is tall and fast

    Posted by: Scroto Baggins | August 31, 2009 at 01:52 PM

    ———

    haha, I’d say he’s middle of the pack speed. Okay I give the small. Lazy, okay okay maybe just a little.

    Don’t get me wrong i don’t think he should be even sniffing the USMNT right now unless he has some sort of blow out season out of nowhere. Just kind of shocked someone would think he’s 26 and think his career is finshed.

    I mean think of the next 2 WC cycles he’ll be 25 and 29 those are prime ages (by US standards) during the WC.

  63. Tommy H says:

    Jorge- It’s OK to mock people’s disabled kids if they’re Republicans. Well, gotta run and worship St. Teddy.

  64. Marc says:

    he desperately needs to get in shape. he looked slow and a bit overweight at the gold cup. he loves to talk about how hard he works in practice, but it sure doesn’t seem like he is fit. he should stop the tweeting and let his feet do the talking.

  65. Chris says:

    I believe Belenenses was the last team other than the big three (Benfica, Porto, Sporting) to win the Portuguese League. That was in 1948.

  66. green says:

    “And you can’t play against the team that loaned you out.
    Sorry, guys.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Sorry. . . Portugal has no such rule, unless written into an individual loan deal.

    According to some folks actually in Portugal, he can play against Benfica.

    Also, sounds like the coach wants him, so he should get time.

  67. Danny says:

    Great move for Adu…He will still be playing in the Portuguese League which will help him even more when he returns to Benfica (Hopefully)

    Forca Adu!

  68. primoone says:

    I think its pretty funny that there are folks willing to write off a 20 yr old kid as a bust in europe…abviously they are either trying to get the ADU backers pissed…or are big-time haters.

    The fact of the matter is that he was producing in the 20-15 min he was getting per game back playing for the coach that brought him in. His coach was replaced and stuff happens we see it happen in every league in the world. He will get his oportunities to impress. Once he plays significant minutes there will be a team that will buy out the contract for his services… He just turned 20 folks.

  69. petaluman says:

    It’s all about playing time. I hope he gets it.

  70. GO USA says:

    yes, this is great, now lets just hope that he plays and shows what he is capable of. Also it would be freaken awesome if he terrorizes Benfica when they play against each other.

  71. GO USA says:

    Hope he gets some PT and gets a chance to shine. We need Adu to step up so USMNT can upgrade their midfield with real talent and experience. Claudio Reyna has yet to be replaced.

    Posted by: Ben | August 31, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    I agree we still haven’t found a replacement for Captain America. Hopefully Adu comes back to his old self where he was giving problems to spain and argentina. We really have been missing that solid type of player that Reyna was ever since he retired.

  72. Chris says:

    hopefully he gets playing time

    looking at their wiki real quick, beleneses has more MF’s than NYRB’s have CB’s

  73. Jorge says:

    This is interesting:

    Gudjohnsen from Barcelona set for Monaco

    link to tinyurl.com

  74. Yossarian says:

    GO USA,

    I don’t know – I always thought Claudio was kind of overrated. If not overrated, he was certainly never the slick passing, run-at-defenders type of #10. He unquestionably had a couple huge games in our big WC run, but he also often shut down under heavy ball pressure. A guy like Feilhaber does everything Claudio could, though without his workrate. MB probably has a bigger upside and Holden might have that kind of ability as well. Reyna was a nice player, but I don’t feel like he left some kind of gaping hole.

  75. alex says:

    this is more good news. with davies, altidore, and now probably adu getting pt in europe, things are steadily falling into place for the u.s. to have strong showings in the next couple world cups.

    if you can read portuguese, you’ll see that the portuguese fans have a lot of appreciation for freddy’s talent and potential:

    link to abola.pt

  76. Felix says:

    As long as he plays.

  77. Michael F. - SBI Mafia Original says:

    Thanks. green. I stand corrected. Great link to follow everything Freddy now…

    link to portugoal.net

  78. Brooklyn Dave says:

    Adu has rightly been left off the USMNT of late, but people who write off a 20 year old are ridiculous. The guy obviously has USMNT level talent, anyone who says otherwise didn’t see his play during the U20 world cup (in which he tore up a Brazilian team that had about fifteen guys now playing first division European soccer). I’m not sure how he fits into Bradley’s desired style of play, but I certainly believe that he could develop into a player who could start in the mid-tier of European soccer, like most of the other USMNT starters.

  79. Kosh says:

    MVK -

    All is good in love and war, but the quip about the kid – that was below the belt. Not cool.

    Now back to the football.

  80. ThaDeuce says:

    Will he play?

  81. Rekro says:

    Adu left MLS thinking he was the best thing since sliced bread, maybe a couple of years sitting on the bench has humbled him a bit. There’s no doubt he has the talent and potential to become a great footballer, hopefully he has a good year with Belenenses and finds his form.

  82. mwc says:

    I have been disappointed at Adu’s progress, but I am not ready to write him off. He is not ready for the USMNT yet, but he still has time to make it happen. As a USMNT supporter, I hope he does because we need a guy with his potential talent. I can remember seeing him with the U-20s and he was the only guy we have ever had who made me stand up when he started to run with the ball. He was also the only guy who the other teams were afraid of and game planned for. If he puts his head down and does the work, he will return to the USMNT.

  83. RM07 says:

    “Portuguese league is the 8th best league in Europe behind the Russian and Dutch.”

    The Brazil and Argentian leagues are miles ahead of Russia and Holland!

    Russian? The league is awful.

  84. N. Sakiewicz says:

    Anyone noticed this is the same team that Nick Sakiewicz played for??

  85. RM07 says:

    Let me guess…you want to see a birth certificate too, huh?

    Posted by: Kosh | August 31, 2009 at 01:09 PM

    HAHAHA. The original “birthers” were the ones dogging Freddy Adu back in 2005.

    —————–

    American soccer fans with democrat leanings, Shocking! Shocking I tell you!

    No wonder this great sport can’t catch on in the main stream……………

  86. inkedAG says:

    I have no expectation of him playing for this team either, so if he does get minutes, it’ll be a nice surprise.

  87. Yossarian says:

    RM07, Sarah, etc = Trolls. I think they’ve been banned from political blogs and have no place else to go.

  88. Andy in Atlanta says:

    I am so tired of people calling Freddy “26″…if he was 26 years old he would not be on Twitter all the time or dating girls like 18 yr old Jojo two years ago… let the kid learn lessons… this is a great chance to show he still has youthful talent… Getting to stay where he knows…smaller adjustment period and ability to get into a squad immediately because Belenesses is not chock full of talent… (nor money, which makes me suspect Benefica is paying some of this wages still) Freddy in good shape and form can play the beautiful game and will show that soon…

  89. MVK says:

    note:

    my comment had no political direction, only mentioned a political figure that likes kick up things related to “Adu is 26″ and had the same name as the poster… and the kid is mentally handicapped and it pulled into the joke pointing to kicking up un-truths, apologizes if you take offense to the word “retard”

  90. Jorge says:

    MVK,

    Personally, I don’t care about the Sarah comment and agree with you on the untruths. Just the kid comment was not appropriate.

    That’s all.

  91. Kosh says:

    Yeah, what Jorge said.

  92. MVK says:

    fair enough

  93. jjraines says:

    “American soccer fans with democrat leanings, Shocking! Shocking I tell you!”

    Is this true? Why? Not with this commenter.

  94. Gabe says:

    write adu off? childish musing…however I don’t see him making a large impact this WC cycle. I think he will/could be a great player for us in the future. Now, however, I like a Bradley, Edu, Clark, Jones midfield.

  95. John says:

    Let me elaborate on my “Adu is a bust” comment. In the highly competetive world of European football, a 20 year old is not a kid. A 20 year old should be playing close to his full potential with some room for improvement to peak at 25. There’s thousands of kids from Europe, Africa, and South America fighting their way through the ranks and European scouts can spot talent at an early age. With soo much competetion, Clubs aren’t going to wait for a 20 year old to develop. He is either ready or not. Its that simple. Why do you think Benfica’s been shoping Adu all this time with no takers while clubs were lining up to sign Altidore? They already wrote him off as a lost cause and are trying to get as much money back as they can. If I where him I would rather be a great player in MLS than a mediocre player in Europe. As far as Donovon would be a bust according to my reasoning, I think non biased people would agree that he has struck out all three trys in Europe. Some players lack that mental component that makes them succeed overseas. Don’t get me wrong, Donovon is a great player but not everyone can play in Europe. I can mention Riquelme as an example of great players who have been European failures. Its not for everybody no matter how much talent you have.

  96. GO USA says:

    GO USA,

    I don’t know – I always thought Claudio was kind of overrated. If not overrated, he was certainly never the slick passing, run-at-defenders type of #10. He unquestionably had a couple huge games in our big WC run, but he also often shut down under heavy ball pressure. A guy like Feilhaber does everything Claudio could, though without his workrate. MB probably has a bigger upside and Holden might have that kind of ability as well. Reyna was a nice player, but I don’t feel like he left some kind of gaping hole.

    Posted by: Yossarian | August 31, 2009 at 03:12 PM

    You make good points with Benny ( he’s good with the ball) and the other stuff but when I see a game like the Mexico one, I can’t help but think we needed a solid midfielder who could hold the ball for us when we needed too.

  97. AC says:

    Adu needed to go somewhere as soon as possible….He just badly needs to get his minutes on the pitch and everything hopefully will fall into place after that….Hopefully he can find success and make our national team pool deeper maybe as as a supersub….Good luck Freddy!

  98. RM07 says:

    Freddy Adu seems like a nice kid but be honest he’s an american Gio dos Santos there’s nothing there to back up the hype.

    John,Riquelme is not a euro failure he was huge at villareal…..he took a city with a population of 40,000 to the champions semi final.

  99. jimmygreaves says:

    “I don’t know – I always thought Claudio was kind of overrated. … but he also often shut down under heavy ball pressure. A guy like Feilhaber does everything Claudio could, though without his workrate. MB probably has a bigger upside and Holden might have that kind of ability as well. Reyna was a nice player, but I don’t feel like he left some kind of gaping hole- Yossarian”

    Yossarian-Look up Reyna’s complete record sometime. With all due respect to Benny, an in-form, healthy Reyna was twice the player Benny is. Benny seems to finally be on track but he has a way to go before he can match up to Reyna and JOB. And those two would make great use of Davies and Jozy. None of the current US midfield players quite matches Reyna’s all around excellence.

  100. cfig says:

    Let me elaborate on my “Adu is a bust” comment. In the highly competetive world of European football, a 20 year old is not a kid. A 20 year old should be playing close to his full potential with some room for improvement to peak at 25.

    Posted by: John | August 31, 2009 at 05:08 PM

    Which is why anytime a 19 year old comes on in the Premiership (Altidore, Macheda, etc.) they’re referred to as a seasoned professional and not an exciting young player with potential. Oh wait…

  101. GO USA says:

    Yossarian-Look up Reyna’s complete record sometime. With all due respect to Benny, an in-form, healthy Reyna was twice the player Benny is. Benny seems to finally be on track but he has a way to go before he can match up to Reyna and JOB. And those two would make great use of Davies and Jozy. None of the current US midfield players quite matches Reyna’s all around excellence.

    Posted by: jimmygreaves | August 31, 2009 at 05:32 PM

    Agreed- It still shows when you look at the time of possession when we play teams who are good at it. We always are behind. Reyna could dictate the pace of the game and actually hold the ball for us, we still haven’t found that guy yet.

  102. Freddy is not a bust. He still has something to prove.

    His time in Europe has been a little bad luck. As someone has pointed out, they fired the Manager that brought him in. He was doing well, when he got there. Then, “I coach and then I quit Camacho” came in and did not last long either. Then, they got a new Manager after him.

    There was a good article on Yanks Abroad that pointed out that he went to the wrong club because of the system they used. Adu did not fit into the Monaco defensive setup they had. Even the Manager said he was doing well in training, he just did not fit into their system.

    He has a new opportunity. I agree with what someone said. STFU on Twitter, get his butt onto the field and let the Football do the talking. He is 20 years old and a professional. Start acting like one on the field and get the job done.

  103. advocat says:

    The investment in time and money into Adu has been tragic for the US soccer federation. And why did they choose him when there were so many other talented kids? And he is not even a real American as he was born in Ghana. This will lead to a huge deficit in the coming years as the US soccer feds waisted so much money, coaching, and playing time with this failure. But the question remains: what lead these idiots to invest in the Ghanian instead other talented suburban kids? I hope they have learned from this travesty of judgment.

  104. Isaac says:

    Freddy is by no stretch of even the most distorted imagination a bust. We’ve seen what he can do against top competition when he’s really on form. He was a huge threat against Spain, England and Argentina, was in build ups to a lot of dangerous plays. He’s a young player; he can get back to that kind of form. It’s all about him earning playing time. I don’t know why but I get the feeling Freddy is going to really pick it up this year and have a breakout. Despite me and harry’s quarrels I really would love to see the guy get back in form. This is the first step.

  105. madmax says:

    One more year sitting on his kiester anywhere and Adu is adieu.

  106. Jorge says:

    Bottom line, folks, is the fact that Freddy needs to fire his current agent or handlers and hire better ones. :-)

  107. Northzax says:

    Advocat: not a real American? Um, WTF? Go crawl back under the rock you came from, willya? Anyone carrying a US passport is a ‘real American’ the rest of your comment isn’t worth addressing after your xenophobic bs.

  108. Hush says:

    advocat: You said he is not a REAL American?!LOL The kid has been here since he was 6yrs old and knows nothing but American culture! Who the hell are you to say who is American and who is not!! Suburban kids??LOL Are you freaking serious?! I know 10yr old city kids that can play better soccer than most H.S suburban kids!lol Get out of here with your wack ass suburban soccer theory! NJ is the only state producing great talent in the last 10yrs!… not American! Hilarious!

  109. jamin barnes says:

    The best I’ve seen him play was at the under 20 world cup. If he can get back to that form he should see some playing time, but he’s going to have to work hard for it. I hope he pulls through. It would be nice to have him on the national team.

  110. peter says:

    YESSSSS!!!! FREDDY!!!

    people who are writing him off are morons.

    he’s still got time to kill it.

    Glad for Freddy and hope he works his ass off and scores on Benefica.

  111. Nic D "The Texas 2 Stepper" says:

    He will shine this year …

  112. Brett says:

    I really hope he gets to play.

    I wonder if he has ever thought about going to Mexico. He’s a good fit for that league, moreso than MLS.

  113. SD says:

    i’m hoping that he will get some PT but from the roster i saw (not sure how official it was), there were at least 8-10 MF. maybe the roster included the reserves. i hope so, i want to see freddy do well. his game improved after playing some what during his first year at benfica, so it would be great to see him get back on track….

  114. Keith G. says:

    I have come to the point where I will not say it is a good move until he gets to start every game and can score plenty of goals and become the Adu that everyone has been wishing for. So lets watch, wait and pray.

  115. Brooklyn Dave says:

    John, a 20 year old starter in a top European league is more the exception than the rule, and there are hundreds of examples of players who were sub quality as a 20 year old, but starting quality when they were 23. Adu may turn out to be a bust, but we won’t know that for a few more more years. He’s shown enough with the U20′s and as a pro to think he could turn a corner at some point.

  116. Chg says:

    Advocate, Adu is as American as anyone. Some would contend his act of choosing the US is a greater commitment to the nation than your accident of birth.

    He’s certainly more American than the native born American communists writing on another DP site before the last WC qualifier.

    MVK, I get your explanation but still think your comment was a bit too partisan for SBI.

  117. Andy in Atlanta says:

    Advocate and John…you are both clueless mugs… Freddy is 20, an American citizen and moving to a club where he can get 30 matches in a year… 20 years old is very very young… not even MLS draft age for some… chill out and learn something…twits

  118. r.benjamin says:

    The mis step was monaco.. And almost explainable with the coach and team president at that time.
    At Benfica as an 18 he was progressing nicely.

    I don’t know enough bout Portugal but given their flair and his current aclimation I can’t argue it..

    Remember Reyna played a fair amount of RB in the WCs.
    The exciting thing bout Jones while not the same type of MF is his quality immediately surpasses anything we’ve had.

  119. Joamiq says:

    Anyone know anything about this team’s midfield situation? Or will I have to resort to ::shudder:: BigSoccer?

  120. really? says:

    Adu is a bust? As many of our young players have been, he has been grossly mismanaged. On a bad day, he is a solid attacking player. On a good day he is an out and out game changer. All players must have the proper support to excel. I think back to a french player that was super hyped coming out of the 98 wc, went Juve & never found form. He then went to Arsenal and tore it up for years, I believe Henry plays for Barcelona now. Will he be TH14; no, but let him be freddy. I hope the coach believes in him and gives him the chance and support he needs. As for usmnt, HC Bradley is missing the plot. We are an aggressive country that loves moments of brillance, but he wants to be conservative with a young group that wants to flash. We should work, but with the hunger to smash everyone. just sayin

  121. Leonardo says:

    Go Adu! i can’t wait to see him play. for some reason i always imagined him playing in Brazil or Argentina. could be that he posed with Pele and stuff. i dunno i just figure he has fast feet, quick moves that isn’t all brute stren-fth that many here seem to idolize.
    i like Adu cuz he has *flair*
    (gasp) dare i say that word? I do!

    we, USA, need flair. makes soccer more exciting.

    regardless of how ya feel about Adu, what he brings is badly needed. sure, we want utilitarian play – score goals, win games. but to take it to the next level i.e. Barca, we need to have *style* and *flair*

    yes, it needs to be drilled into the mindset of our kids, our college guys especially that seem to only idolize fitness: we need *flair*

    cuz when we start playing for a *higher power* so-to-speak, to play for a higher style, a better game, like it’s an art, when we get there, that mentality will not only let us win games, but it will make others gawk at us.

    Adu’s got it.

  122. Barry U says:

    This will be good if he plays. Even if he is super sub at first and sometime starter/always sub by the end of the season it is good. Bottomline he must play regularly even if as a sub. Let’s hope this is the place for that.

    One thing I will say is that Freddy is a victim of the hype. If you take a look at other US players and how they have matured it is very different. Charlie D went to Hammarby at 20 or 21 and was not good until the end of his first season and blossomed in his second season. Spector at 20 was at Charlton and not getting many minutes. Eric Lichaj is 20 right now and played really well in preseason for Villa but is still on the reserve side. Sal Zizzo has performed well in the reserves for 96 but still only gets bench time and some sub time. He is also 20 or 21. Jozy is 19 and is just geting his feet wet at Hull but again substitute and cups are his action so far. Mike Grella is 22 and kinda the same at Leeds subs and cups. Even the Pittman fellow we have started to here about is 22 and working his way up the leagues in England. He was trained in England.

    Guys we are not soccer power that spits out 19 to 20 year old first team players. Not yet anyway. Freddy is still young and still has time and i hope this move starts to get the needle moving a bit.

  123. jimmygreaves says:

    “Remember Reyna played a fair amount of RB in the WCs. The exciting thing bout Jones while not the same type of MF is his quality immediately surpasses anything we’ve had.- r.benjamin ”

    r.benjamin- Reyna started out as a creative attacking MF in Germany. At Rangers he had a long run at both right back and then defensive midfield scoring 10 goals in 64 games mostly as a defender. Reyna was a great all around player. I’m not as familiar with Jones so I don’t know if he has the same creative attacking flair that Claudio had. If he does then maybe a replacement has finally been found.

  124. jimmygreaves says:

    “As for usmnt, HC Bradley is missing the plot. We are an aggressive country that loves moments of brillance, but he wants to be conservative with a young group that wants to flash. We should work, but with the hunger to smash everyone. just sayin- really?”

    really?- If Bradley is missing the plot on Adu why did he waste a roster spot through our two summer tournaments on a very rusty player who he probably knew would not be able to contribute much? And before you tell me he hates Freddy and is punishing him by benching him, consider that Bradley has more to gain than anyone, even harry, if Adu becomes a super star.

    Could it be that he wanted to keep him in some sort of form for a possible transfer? Did you notice how Bradley kept Benny in touch with the USMNT even through his troubles at Derby and other places?

    Adu would be a lot better off if everyone would just get off his case and let him develop naturally. The Adu lovers here think he is the second coming of Pele and as soon as his feet touch the field, he will terrorize the league. The Adu haters think he should be in the USL trying to get playing time. Adu is a 20 year old with a lot of potential but with serious holes in his game that need to be addressed. It also appears he has questionable management. I saw him a lot at DC and thought that he had all that potential but also that he was well….. a 14 year old and acted like it. I’ve seen him lately and he hasn’t developed as much as I would have thought he would have. It remains to be seen whether or not he has gotten much more mature. And it remains an open question as to whether or not he can fit into a team for the World Cup. It’s not just about sheer talent. Let’s see if his coach at Belenenses can make him a productive regular player, something he has never been through his 5- 6 year pro career, before you start comparing him to TH14.

  125. Chris says:

    Obviously the book isn’t closed on Adu, but the writing is on the wall: he has not improved in the last 2+ years, and in fact has gone backwards in his play.

    Can he still become a much much better player? Yes. Is there really any reason to think that he will break out of this plateau? No. His “upside” is all but gone. He’s grown as much as he’s going to, and he’s an adult now, and the adult Adu isn’t that good.

    People saying “Well look at this other guy who wasn’t fantastic when they were 20 and now they are good”… most of those guys weren’t as good at 17 as they were at 20. And they were better at 23 than they were at 21. This isn’t the pattern for Adu.

    He and Justin Mapp should join the same team and they can talk about how good they should have been.

  126. goalscorer24 says:

    As long as he gets to play it is good, and he does not have to good through the long process of getting re-stituated in a new country etc..

  127. madmax says:

    The names of the teams that Freddy has sat with are legend,

    Monaco, Benfica, RSL, DCU, DelcoSelect, George and Dragon Pub.

  128. advocat says:

    Adu came here to my country when he was 10 from Ghana. He spent two years in public school. Then went to Bradenton for soccer school. He really never attended an American school. And for 3 years he has lived in europe. This is an American? The Us soccer federation should invest in amrican born Americans. Want free training? Go back o your original country and get it; you will have plenty of opportunities. Adu has been a huge bust indeed for US soccer as it invested precious resources (money, playing time, coaching,marketing,etc). In return? ZERO!!! Lets have the courage to invest in American born American citizens. if some kid comes here from Mali when he is 15, gets free college, playing time this robs and American of this opportunity. I am against this. I hope the USSf has learned from this.

  129. AlfonsoMIller says:

    Seems to me that no matter how well Adu does he won’t be a factor in this WC because we don’t currently employ a system that benefits from his skills. JFT can’t find the field either, because Bradley’s system is something akin to ‘dump and chase’ in hockey. Game after game I watch us launch the ball towards Ching and let him try to hold it up while Donovan/Dempsey/Davies makes a diagonal run.

    When we have a coach – or enough players with the skill to possess the ball, control tempo and unlock opponents – then we won’t see players like Adu or Torres playing for USA.

  130. madmax says:

    Has Freddy Adu and his minutes played become a trivia question.

  131. chelski002 says:

    Adu is playing in some peanut team in Portugal. Make no mistake: virtually any team in the USL would be better than this team. Adu couldnt make to any MLS team right now. I guarantee no MLS team buys him in the transfer window- none.

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