Afternoon Ticker: Sion passes on Adu, James signs with Bristol City and more

Adu

By TRAVIS CLARK

Freddy Adu's professional playing future is once again up in the air, and his next club destination is unknown.

What is clear is that he won't be joining Swiss club Sion. After a short trial this week, the team decided that it would pass on the chance to add the 21-year-old. It leaves the midfielder who is on contract to Benfica and currently on loan at Aris Thessaloniki in limbo once more. Staying at Aris remains unlikely as he is no longer in the club's plans.

With the club season just a few weeks away in several parts of Europe, Adu's search for a playing destination will continue into August.

Here are a few other stories for this afternoon.


James lands in the Championship

England goalkeeper David James decided not to continue his career in the English Premier League, opting instead to sign with Bristol City in the Championship. The 39-year-old elected to bypass offers to join Sunderland or Celtic in the Scottish Premier League. James had been looking for a one-year deal with an option for a second, something other clubs hesitated to offer.

Fabregas to stay

One of the longest drawn out transfer sagas appears to have temporarily reached an end. The Cesc Fabregas-to-Barcelona rumor is one that never seems to go away.

But according to Arsene Wenger, there's no chance that will happen this year. Wenger again emphasized that he won't sell the team's captain to Fabregas' hometown club of Barcelona before the transfer window closes in August.

MLS roster moves

FC Dallas sent defender Anthony Wallace to the Colorado Rapids for future draft picks. Dallas also announced the signing of Ruben Luna, Victor Ulloa and Moises Hernandez, all members of the club's Academy team.

The Philadelphia Union waived fourth round draft pick and UCLA product Brian Perk. The 21-year-old had yet to feature in league play. The move allowed the club to sign midfielder J.T. Noone, who had been training with Union affiliate Harrisburg City Islanders.

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What do you think of the latest Adu news? When will the Fabregas to Barcelona noise die down? Will James succeed for Bristol City? Glad to see more MLS Academy players sign with the first team?

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98 Responses to Afternoon Ticker: Sion passes on Adu, James signs with Bristol City and more

  1. afc says:

    According to milk cup commentators McMath is going to Everton. The move was helped on by Tim Howard.

  2. OmarVizquel says:

    I wonder what kind of page-view bump Freddy Adu articles bring SBI…

  3. bkmelendez says:

    I think Adu’s high wages might be an issue and the fact that he takes a foreigner spot on the roster.

  4. CrispyST3 says:

    Adu should try the Dutch league, they can make him a better winger. If not MLS wouldnt hurt to try to kickstart his career again, he’s still young as hell. He just neeeds his confidence back up again and his form will come back.

  5. kpugs says:

    Freddy probably would have gone to the world cup if he hadn’t gone to Europe. It’s sad.

    Time to suck it up and take a small contract with MLS and just get playing time.

  6. Ericrace1 says:

    Couldn’t he just go back to Benfica and fight for a spot?

  7. Wm. says:

    Adu could probably get some minutes at Harrisburg City Islanders.

  8. Hush says:

    I hope my boy Adu finds a place soon. MLS doesn’t sound like a bad idea anymore. Too much talent there for U.S soccer to leave hanging. Maybe someone should suggest to him “Jesus” in his life.:)

    Every game I’ve seen him play in Europe he has been solid. I just can’t understand why he is not taking advantage of the opportunity. I have no facts to say he has an ego, but maybe his short playing time has frustrated him a bit and therfore causing attitude towards his coaches. Maybe he thinks they are out to get him. I hope he get’s things right. He is by far still our best technical player in the pool.

  9. William the Terror says:

    Have Fredy’s people started to explore his options in the remote portions of Eastern Europe? Japan? Iceland? Tierra del Fuego?

  10. K Bone says:

    I don’t know much about the Swiss League, but I thought I read that Sion isn’t a very good team in that league, so I don’t know why a Dutch team would take him. Maybe the second Dutch league. City could buy him as a ball boy maybe, they have the money to pay his wages…

  11. Squard says:

    “Philly Signs No one”

  12. Goalscorer24 says:

    Yeah I think that part of the issue has to be his pay. People think he is decent they just don’t want to pay him what he is currently getting for a player they just consider decent. Then the other issue is perhaps his defending abilities.

  13. afc says:

    He can join Lee Nguyen in Vietnam!

  14. William the Terror says:

    ugh. why don’t you baptize him yourself? “best technical player in the pool?” LMAO.

  15. Paul says:

    Sion finished 7th last season in a league of just ten teams. Even Switzerland’s so-called big clubs (FC Basel, Zurich) are minnows in European competition.

  16. CrispyST3 says:

    Haha, oh i didnt know that bout Sion, well yah maybe the second dutch team. The thing bout Adu is some people expect him to go to a bigger/better known team. But no, he needs to earn his recognition just like every1 else. Just because he was in a commercial with Pele doesnt mean shizzle. He has to go through the ranks

  17. K Bone says:

    Sure, except for the fact he’s not good enough and they don’t want/need him…

  18. Paul says:

    Benfica has said they don’t want him back. This is pretty much official, because Aris wanted to send him back and Benfica declined. That’s what Aris fans reported on another well-known US soccer website.

  19. Tim M. says:

    hey they mentioned that a couple of times

    adu needs to give it up. does he even qualify for work permits anymore? maybe that’s an overstatement but he’s just been out of the U.S. fold for so long.

    its either scandinavia or mls from here i think, and joining a scandanavian team that isn’t of elite status would be admitting defeat in europe by far. he just needs to take a que from landy boy and kenny cooper and come back to mls though he’d probably only settle on a bigger market. dc’s a mess. houston maybe? they need someone who can creat desperately just like dallas did before they got ferreira. maybe an expansion team next year? montreal would be an awesome place for him. i’d love me a freddy adu montreal kit.

    another question is whether he’d be willing to settle for none dp money. no other american is making dp money besides landon and the only other people who came the closest where kenny cooper and taylor twellman so he knows he’d be making less here then europe. at this point though you know he’s down in the dumbs.

    anyone have an idea of how much money he was making a year at benfica and how long his contract lasts through?

  20. Pete from Chitown says:

    Freddy it’s time you come back to the States to jumpstart your career. Maybe Peter Novak can help him out at Philly and they can have a nice little reunion. On the other hand nice to see more Academy players sign throughout the league.

  21. Vik says:

    Not a bad idea. Nguyen was a unique signing due to his Vietnamese roots; but Freddy could probably make an impact there. Freddy’s looking for decent cash though, and Nguyen can get it due to his marketability; i dunno if Adu would justify it.

    It sounds like the problem is not is technical ability, but his decision making. He’s not intelligent enough of a footballer to build an attack around. Sounds like he needs to go back to an academy to “unlearn what he has learned,” and become more well rounded.

  22. buff111 says:

    This kid bloomed so early, he hasn’t had a chance to mature. With soccer in this country, anytime a player shows signs of developing into an excellent player, he gets a tag something akin the second coming. This is just wrong. Many of these players are good and show potential, but that’s where it ends – potential. Adu has never had a chance to develop. At such a young age he was touted as something that he, nor any normal human being, could really strive to succeed. So, we as fans of this game should take a step back with these young players. Acknowledge they have developable talent, but to take laden them with some sort of wunderkind status does and injustice to the kid. Poor Freddy Adu is a poster child for someone with who was labelled at young age of superstar, but never had a chance to make errors and grow like any other player. It truly is a shame in his case. I hope in the very near future his potential is truly realized. Good luck to you, Freddy, regardless where you land.

  23. Stephen says:

    The article made it seem like they wanted him but they didn’t need him, which seems to me that they didn’t have the money to spend they needed a striker instead. They admitted that he had good quality and skill.

  24. Smirking Kitten says:

    One wonders, would it have been better for Adu if he just stayed in Benfica these past two years? In my opinion, playing for the reserves and lesser matches for a bigger club and eventually working one’s way up the hierarchy is an admirable and effective way for young players to develop. At this point, I hope he stays at Benfica or moves permanently to get a fresh start.

    (I also hope that Altidore chooses a similar route. I think it would be better for him to fight for a position at Villarreal or to move permanently to another club rather than going out on loan to a lesser team.)

  25. ZacIndy says:

    I know Navas played on a World Cup winning team but I don’t know how introducing him to Freddy would help Freddy’s situation. I just don’t see the correlation.

  26. CA says:

    Come home Freddy.

  27. BetaMale says:

    good question. Normally I hate when journalists use this word, but Adu can definitely be described as ‘mercurial.’ People either love him or hate him.

    I think the reason is the skill set is clearly there, yet time and time again, he is incapable to make an impact. People feel let down in these situations, while others keep hoping.

    Arguably his best years were with DC!

  28. K Bone says:

    Well, it’s not like he was thrown in as an immediate starter on day one with DC United and expected to carry the team. He was given time to develop with Nowak and when the public demanded he play all the time, he was a sub at United for most games. I mean, didn’t he make the All Star game just based on his appeal? He made the jump to Portugal as a decent MLS player, not even a guaranteed starter from what I remember…

  29. sucram89 says:

    I agree, he should definitely come back to the MLS. And even if he takes a pay cut he can still make 6 figures.

  30. Tim M. says:

    disappointing move by dallas as well. How much longer do they think their gonna hold on to Pierce for? they have a good thing going with benitez but he’s only good for 4 more years tops at 31. i bet walllace shows what he’s got, gets into shape and is starting in 3 games or so. danny earls is not an adequate lb especially with all the flank service colorado needs. wallace has a good cross can play both flanks and wouldn’t be suprised if he could play cb either. good luck to you anthony. its a shame dallas is just so packed in the back

  31. K Bone says:

    I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t recall when he ever bloomed. I know he had some good US youth national team tournaments, but so what? How many players have great World Cups then are subpar once they get a big transfer?

  32. Jamez says:

    MLS Damaged this Kid from a young age Making into their poster Boy to market the league . Bunch of assholes, he was only a child and that should be illegal . as another said he never had the opportunity to properly develop like other wonder kids did. Gio Dos Santos was still in Barca academy when he came along, Freddy had to be MLS’s poster boy instead of fully learning the game . Now he’s suffering from that.

  33. AME says:

    The team that owns the player(in this case Benfica) cannot decline to take him back from the loaning club(Aris). If Aris wanted to give Adu back they could.

    Now, if Aris gave Adu back to Benfica, Benfica could do whatever they wanted (sell, transfer, cut).

    If Aris really wanted to give him back they could. They are probably looking to not have to pay his salary though. That is why they are looking o loan him.

  34. Paul says:

    Not to be deliberately contentious, but the one theory that makes sense on Adu’s situation is the age issue. He doesn’t seem to be a substantially better player at 21 than he was at 14. That’s very hard to explain, especially considering that he’s gone through several coaches. Players tend to improve until their early twenties when they hit a sort of plateau (minus the wisdom that comes with experience). If Adu is actually a few years older than he was made out to be, it explains a LOT about why he has hit a glass ceiling in his career ability-wise.

  35. Josh D says:

    Then why bring him on trial anyway? They’re being polite about the fact he’s just not good enough.

  36. golfstrom says:

    Dude, they were just being nice. You think they didn’t know he wasn’t a striker? When a bad team in the Swiss league passes on you (never mind you are on trial with them), it’s bad news.

  37. Josh D says:

    Not when Aris signed a 2 year loan contract they can’t give him back. Which is what they did.

  38. r.benjamin says:

    Anyone know how much time is left on his Benfica contract?

    No incentive to sign a high salaried luxury player with professionalism issues. And no slap in the face to Adu to grow up until the money stops coming in.

  39. Josh D says:

    Come on he was 30!

  40. Katatonia says:

    agree. dumbest thing i’ve read in a while.

  41. Nice to see the youth team winning a tournament overseas. McMath to Everton, that is a really good move. He’ll get to learn from Howard. Just like Guzan learning from Friedel. I’m not surprised about Adu, same story different club. I think Benfica should try and loan him out to D.C. United, they sure could use him.

  42. Warren says:

    Yeah,teams unreasonably want to use foriegner spots for people that can help the team.

    And only want to pay market rates for talent.

  43. zenabi says:

    freddy believed his own press. he’s a one dimensional player and if you’re offense only in any good league you had better light it up….which he never has. he blew his stay at DCU by whining about PT in the midst of the playoffs. the only reason nowak didn’t totally put him in his place was that they didn’t want to damage his transfer value. kudos to his agent for getting him sold, but the kid has had every opportunity at club and country level and failed to deliver the goods on a consistent basis. how can anyone blame mls for marketing him? how many commercials did he turn down? gimme a break…I really don’t see him in mls since he just has no self-awareness as a player and is likely to be bitching on the bench somewhere. the league is better than when he was here and he barely played then. bright side is that he is still young, but he needs a total reboot.

  44. 123 says:

    Yeah, someone once commented that the worst thing for Freddy’s career was the relative immatureness of American soccer culture, where people couldn’t put a few dribbles made by a 14-year-old into the right perspective. If enough people tell you that you are the American Pele, at some point you start to believe it. And by that time you have stopped to work as hard as you should.

    What he should now do is to take any chance to play. But then again, Benfica might be the last team in his life to pay him big bucks. Now he’s a 21-year-old mystery with few difficult seasons under his belt. If he doesn’t start playing right now, he’ll be a 23-year-old has-been very quickly.

  45. Warren says:

    Afraid so.

  46. Sushant Rao says:

    so, what happens if Freddy doesn’t sign on with another club? Does Benefica / Aris pay him to sit around? Does that mean he can play for another club for free? I’m guessing not, but wanted to see if anyone knows the answers.

    Thanks

  47. Warren says:

    Wrong, he might have gotten to the world cup if he took a youth contract at a top Euro club as a teenager, instead of believing the hype and easy money MLS threw at him.

    Or maybe not; but he would have at least been trained properly in what it takes to perform at a top level, rather than believe people telling him how great he is before he had accomplished anything.

  48. Tom says:

    I’m sorry if it makes you feel worse about the US, but it’s true.

  49. McHead says:

    Nike, Campbell’s and Pepsi ruined Adu. Throwing millions at a 14 year-old stunted his mental growth and maturity. Entitlement is another issue. Talent only gets you so far. He doesn’t have it mentally to make it as a pro. He’s like the alcoholic who hits rock bottom. Hopefully he realizes this and admits to himself that he’s not as great as he and his enablers (including many U.S. fans) think he is. And lastly, get off that damn twitter.

  50. Warren says:

    Umm no, people don’t think he is decent.

  51. Tom says:

    So let’s say he was 21 at 14. Nobody doesn’t improve from age 21-28 either. Or 18-25. Etc.

  52. Warren says:

    Exactly

  53. Warren says:

    right. It’s sad but really Freddy is just another child star/misguided by his elders story, we’ve seen this movie many times before.

  54. Warren says:

    Don’t blame MLS? Freddy the novelty act was an MLS invention to promote the league.

    So of course blame MLS, if they were really looking out for the kid they should have told him to take his youth development academy deal with Inter or whomever wanted him back then….instead they wanted a novelkty act to attact attention to the league when the quality of play was not much of a selling point.

  55. john.q says:

    admit defeat and just come back to MLS already

  56. patrick says:

    what ruined freddy adu was not the MLS, nor was it Nike or Campbells or Pepsi, it was himself. We’ve heard more than once, that Freddy doesn’t have the motor, or soccer IQ to play at a high level. Perhaps, if there was an And-1 mixtape type league, he’d be a star but until he puts in defensive effort, plays smarter and hustles, no one is going to take him. Add to that that he’s too slow to play out wide or up front, and not big enough to play in the middle, so where do you stick him?
    We saw the professionalism problems start in DC, then salt lake, then move on to what, 4, 5 clubs in europe and no one has had ANY interest in him? In a way, I can’t blame him for not offering to take a pay cut or asking to be released from his contract, this will be his first and last big pay day.

  57. USA_A_OK says:

    Perhaps He should try South America or Mexico. Europe just doesn’t seem to be the place for him. At leas in SA or Mexico he could be creative and not worry so much about defensive responsibilities. That is assuming anyone in those leagues would take him at this point. Otherwise there is no shame in coming back to the MLS. Just get some minutes at this point or a reality TV show like T.O. because at this point he is generating more of an interest in his drama rather than his actual experience.

  58. Kaiser says:

    Wrong, he would have struggled at a top European club. Those clubs have tons of young players, and guess what, they actually want to practice and work hard. He would have been lost in a sea of youth players at those clubs. Adu is talented, but until he develops some work ethic, he will continue to fail.

  59. Mat says:

    I doubt Adu will let go of his lucrative Benefica contract before it expires – I think there is one more year to go.
    At this point, putting yourself in his shoes, well you realize that you’re not going to be as good as people thought you would, that you got an overinflated contract with Benefica thanks to the MLS marketing machine and all the crazy hype, and that you will probably never again get such a contract.
    So there is no reason for him to let go of that contract. Cash in as much as the contract allows, and next year start from scratch.
    Anyone who suggests Adu should renounce the Benefica contract to become a more affordable player and broaden the number of teams willing to take him needs a reality check: would you take a major pay cut from your job knowing there is no way you’ll get a financial opportunity like this ever in your life?
    Can’t blame Adu for not letting go of the deal just yet.
    After that, he should come back to MLS to try and revive his career.

  60. Ossington Mental Youth says:

    Adu shoulda gone to Italy where tehy could ahve helped develop his talent. The US was too young in its development game at the time he chose to go there.

  61. JoeW says:

    I think that’s too simplistic. I don’t “hate” Adu, was excited when he first came to DCU. But I believe I’ve always been pretty level-headed in evaluating him. I was never in the camp of: he’s great right now and should be on the 2008 WC team but Nowak and Arena are jealous and incompetent.

    I think some of his skills are amazing plus he’s unselfish. And he’s actually pretty mature for his age. But his game has had and still has MAJOR holes even when he was playing regularly–getting consistent minutes isn’t sufficient in his case. Plus, while he’s mature for his age, I also think that Bradenton didn’t serve him well. He got such special treatment (meetings with other star athletes in other sports) that I think he was encouraged to believe that he was ready before he was–thus the trials with ManU when he was still 16 and 17 and the talk of hoping to sign with Real Madrid.

    I think some people get perceived as “Adu-haters” b/c they’re having to react to the people who’ve vehemently posted stuff like:
    –it’s the stupid USSF coaches who are holding him back, forcing him to play defense and run off the ball and tackle, a special player shouldn’t be required to do those things
    –Nowak is just jealous of him, that’s why he doesn’t start him all the time, why he pulls him at half-time some games, why he disciplines him or sits him down, pure jealously by Nowak
    –when Adu leaves MLS and is surrounded by REAL soccer players who understand the game and have true skills, then we’ll see him flourish, with players who can appreciate his gifts
    –MLS is too easy for him, he’s moved beyond the league
    –sitting on the bench with a Euro club is better than starting with an MLS team
    –even though he’s not playing regularly in Europe, he still needs to be called in the USNT camp and/or WC team b/c he’s more gifted than anyone else we’ve got and would be the goal scorer/creator/playmaker the team needs
    –he’s playing in the wrong scheme, with a smart Euro coach and/or attacking league he’ll show everyone how great he is.

    I also disagree that he’s mercurial. He’s actually very even-keeled for a teenager/young adult (ie: teen in MLS and now 21). And his strengths now are pretty much his strengths 5 years ago except he’s incredibly rusty/not game-sharp and he’s gotten modestly better in a few areas (showing for the ball, staying involved in the game, concentration and focus) based on when I’ve seen him play. And his weaknesses then are pretty much his weaknesses now (except you add a lot of rust but reduce the weakness levels a bit in some areas).

    It’s just that a lot of folks anointed Adu as the “Great American Player” who was going to help us win a WC and be the first American to lead the La Liga/Prem in goals scorered. And when anyone else tried to say stuff like:
    –most U-17 stars don’t become good pros
    –he has major holes in his game and he’s very incomplete as a player
    Those people got labeled as Adu haters.

  62. Adam M. says:

    Adu is like someone who gained some small amount of fame from a stint on a reality tv show years ago and has since bounced around from one worse cable reality show to another because he apparently can’t do anything else and he isn’t good enough for the big network shows. He is news because we know who he was from a while back, but if we didn’t know who he was back then, we wouldn’t care much who he is right now.

  63. boludo says:

    what Mr. Clark failed to mention was that Adu was injured mid-trial and failed to recover quickly enough.

  64. Will says:

    Hey Vik – Freddy is not going to Vietnam…

  65. JoeW says:

    But Adu is always going to struggle at the international level as a winger unless he’s a pure attacker in a 433. He isn’t really that fast for an attacker, he doesn’t cover a lot of ground, isn’t that good running off the ball and has a poor workrate. Now some of that may change with time but the only times he’s been good as a winger was when he was with DCU where he played a Ronaldinho role of sorts and with some of the USSF U-teams where the level of play was far more forgiving–a winger who didn’t track back and defend wasn’t an albatros for your team.

    The Netherlands would be good for him. But he’d have to be willing to make a lot less money. I do not know if this is true. But it’s a possibility: he may be comfortable making a lot of money in Europe rather than making a lot less money but playing. Jovan Kirovski for years was taking Euro pay and sitting for clubs when he could have gone to a lesser league or MLS and played regularly and perhaps restarted his career.

    Maybe–I don’t know if it’s true–Adu is comfortable. He’s “prefer” to be starting but wants the money the most. He wouldn’t be the first athlete to go that direction.

  66. Ben says:

    Yeah, it seems like his coaches in Europe become annoyed with his lack of awareness, but I don’t think, as others have done, that one can blame the MLS. Donovan, Dempsey, Holden, and more all came up through MLS and are doing fine in Europe. Also, I think toughness could be an issue.

  67. JoeW says:

    Hush, he’s strong technical at SOME things. At others, he’s weak. And his play off the ball is mostly pretty bad (though it’s gotten better). And now he’s not game sharp. And at the top levels, he’s basically competing for 2 positions: A-mid and withdrawn forward and most clubs want impact players at those positions. He’s in a tough situation.

    The other point to make is this: a foreign attacker in a Euro club, “solid” doesn’t cut it. When a club spends big bucks and then plays someone not from their country, especially someone not from Europe, that player (if he’s in an attacking role) needs to score goals or set them up consistently. Being solid gets you on the bench.

  68. Ben says:

    Yeah, but it wasn’t just the MLS. Nowak tried to put on the brakes, but I think the family and friends whispers suggestion of his greatness to him, leading to a rather large self-belief based on little evidence.

  69. JoeW says:

    Except that FIFA’s research shows that most players (even stars) on U-17 teams don’t become solid pros in good leagues. Most end up out of football or playing with low-level teams.

    People assume that improving as a soccer player is like growing–you just automatically get better. Not true. And frankly, given your argument, it’s a reason why Freddy Adu should be significantly better. If he was really…say 24 or 25 instead of 21, he should be more mature on the field. Instead, he’s weak moving off the ball, he doesn’t show for the ball well, he disappears for long stretches in matches, his decision-making his hit or miss at times, he doesn’t track back well, he doesn’t read the tempo of the match well. That sounds like a young player to me.

  70. Ben says:

    I agree with this post, even the part about not taking a pay cut; however, I don’t think the MLS is totally innocent.

  71. Clayton says:

    Congrats to FCD youth. Good luck Freddy – I’d love to see you back in MLS.

  72. Paul Thomas says:

    Am I missing something here? Why can’t Aris send him to a team that is willing to take him, perhaps a Championship club, 2.Bundesliga, something like that, and pay most of his salary?

    It’s still better for them than paying ALL of his salary and having him do squadoosh for their first team.

    This happens all the time in baseball. Mike Hampton was drawing a paycheck from three different teams by the time HIS albatross contract ran out. Is there a rule in soccer that says it can’t work the same way?

  73. Srao says:

    so, all those guys that really impressed everyone on the U20 team at the Milk Cup? We will be agonizing why these guys haven’t been successful in 2-5 years? Uggh!!

  74. This Guy says:

    It was 18 months

  75. patrick says:

    no, it happens all the time in soccer but freddy’s contract is believed to be rather large considering his demonstrated talent. I would imagine that had Freddy gone to Sion, he would have been one of the highest paid players, and they didnt want him. The other thing to factor in is that Fredyy has to OK it, and from what we’ve seen, i dont think freddy would consider championship, bundesliga 2, la liga 2 serie b etc etc. It seems like he’s hell bent on being in a top flight league. Also, he’d get destroyed in the bundesliga, it would actually be entertaining to see.

  76. EB says:

    Joe(and others)do you guys think that it’s too late for Adu to overcome the holes in his game? It seems that others playing in some of the top leagues may have some deficiencies, yet are farther along at this stage of the game than Freddy.

  77. Aaron in StL says:

    I wish him the best and think he really does have some type of potential still, but until he finds a team to stick with I have a hard time sympathizing. Not being on the inside, I would have to say that he’s a bad egg… time to take a pay cut young sir.

  78. BooThisMan says:

    I’m not so sure anything ruined Adu. Maybe his potential was just grossly overestimated. Look at how many top draft picks in the NBA and NFL turn out to be busts, even when they’ve had a couple of years of college to build a body of work for scouts to look at. It is really surprising that a 14 year-old that was supposed to be the next big thing hasn’t panned out by age 21?

  79. mexicanbluefish says:

    HINDsight, I know, but look at ADU and CD right now and look at how many people screamed about their non-callups… bob’s looking better all the time.

  80. HeadMac says:

    Now that I’m older, I’m ready to take on the challenge of having Nike, Campbell and Pepsi stunt my mental growth and maturity.

    Becuase of my age it should take about $50 million to start me on the road to hell.

    For an extra $25 mill, I’ll even take full responsibility for my decline.

  81. fischy says:

    Not much room for him there. Howard’s backed up now b Slovakia’s #1, who looked pretty good in the Cup.

  82. fischy says:

    Supposedly FCD has signed 3 Academy players under the homegrown rule…which puzzles me. This year’s version of the Homegrown rule, as it was explained after DC added Hamid and Najar, allows teams two additional roster slots, not three.

  83. BetaMale says:

    except for his huge blunders against Ghana. Those will never look better

  84. Illmatic74 says:

    You know what ruined Adu? I think it is genetics. If he wasn’t small, slow and weak I have a feeling he would have a little more success

  85. EA says:

    The guy from Philly got cut for No one.

    That’s gotta hurt.

  86. guwinster says:

    Yeah, the big Swiss clubs don’t do any better in European competition than I’d expect from a good MLS team. They beat the teams that are from tiny countries. They split their games verse other middling teams and once in a blue moon they beat Milan. The Swiss League certainly isn’t any better than MLS.

  87. DC Josh says:

    Not sure what to say about Adu. It’s safe to say the last two years have been a complete waste on the pitch. He hopefully learned something from his failures. I would like to see him come back to MLS.

    Glad David James didn’t go to Celtic. This leaves Dominic Cervi as the second string keeper.

  88. Alpha says:

    What blunders?

  89. Never First says:

    Young “phenoms” flop all the time. The only difference is there are 15 Freddy Adus in other countries, so when most of them don’t turn out to be great, fans just focus on the others. Adu was hyped by a league looking for any coverage it could find and a media that knows nothing about soccer. It was unfair to him and to everyone else, but that’s just the way it is. It takes a combination of mentality, technical skill, awareness and quick thinking to be a good soccer player. Some players just never develop in all those areas.

  90. Pusedno says:

    Sounders FC would be perfect spot to reignite his career…Fans would love him and they need another attacker

  91. mike says:

    I don’t get it. It has to be more of an attitude/maturity issue.

  92. papa bear says:


    boludo said in reply to Tim M….

    what Mr. Clark failed to mention was that Adu was injured mid-trial and failed to recover quickly enough.
    Reply July 30, 2010 at 04:57 PM”

    That pretty much explains everything you need to know about Adu these days. There is no reason for a 21 year old (please, no wise assed “he’s 30 for REALZZ” comments)to get injuries midway through a trial (unless it’s a real freak injury like a vicious tackle). How can he possibly be out of shape? He’s had all summer to get ready. Pathetic.

  93. Nebraskacoog says:

    14 yo old Adu is exactly where he is at 21 yo Adu, which is a sub off the bench in the MLS. He comes back to the MLS, he gets an occasional start and probably mostly subs.

    I would say his best chance of starting is with the Dynamo, who need an attacking mid. That would allow the Dynamo to slot Cameron back in CD when he returns next month.

  94. joe says:

    I personally think he should look to scandanavia or somewhere in mexico/ south america. is he comes back to the mls he would have to deal with a lot of backlash from the us soccer community.

    he should only make a change after his benfica contract expires. it has become painfully obvious that he will most likely not ascend to the level of world class player. so he should cash in w/ Benfica, then go somewhere under the radar and try to grind out a career. I mean if he went to denmark in a year, made modest improvements and was able to play for eight more years there, he could walk away from his soccer career w/ some decent coin… i just hope he’s been saving some of that cash he’s made

  95. srfinger says:

    Wouldnt have mattered where he was when he was 15. He still would have been 5 foot 2, 120 lbs and not fast when he turned 20.

    Lots of good youth players around the world cannot make the jump to compete against professionals. If you look at the U17 WC top players, there are as many misses as hits.

    He is not a starter in the MLS. Cannot take it physically, and his skills arent good enough to make up the difference.

  96. Micah King says:

    This is just a question/poll. Does anyone think if Adu would have reped Ghana on the national team level his career would be different, and he would be on a good team instead of getting loaned a lot ? I like Freddy I wish that Bob would give him another chance. I wish that Arena could have used him more, but can’t go back and change the past, just gotta move on. :)

  97. Steve says:

    What if Landon Donovan leaves the LA Galaxy and MLS brings in Adu to replace him? That’d be a pretty great move.