Adu bags brace as Union down Dynamo

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By JOEY SAMUEL

CHESTER, Pa. — Freddy Adu hasn't always lived up to the hype during his time in Philadelphia, but on Sunday, he delivered one of his best performances in a Union uniform as he led the club to victory.

The mercurial midfielder scored after an impressive individual effort in the 28th minute before converting a second-half penalty kick and the Union went on to defeat the Houston Dynamo, 3-1, at PPL Park.

After Oscar Boniek Garcia answered Adu's opener with his own tally in the 44th minute, the teams entered the locker room tied at halftime. Philadelphia came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, though, and took the lead in the 50th minute. Sheanon Williams drew a penalty when he was hauled down on a corner kick, and Adu slotted home the enusing spot kick.

Houston tried to create an equalizer in an effort to take something out of a match that held importance in the Eastern Conference playoff race. It was the Union that would score again, though, as Josue Martinez finished a loose ball in the box in the 70th minute to put Philadelphia up 3-1, and that's how the game would end.

"I knew the goals were going to come for us, and more so than that, I think we put together a pretty complete performance today," said Union coach John Hackworth. "We were really good on both sides of the ball against an excellent team. We would have been eliminated from the playoffs if it had been anything other than three points. They did a fanastic job."

Houston went back to Texas empty-handed, while the Union remained mathematically alive in the hunt for a postseason berth after a match that saw Philadelphia awaken from a scoring drought in which they had only mustered four goals in their last eight matches.

The Union started Martinez at striker instead of Jack McInerney or Antoine Hoppenot, who had been preferred in previous games. The switch seemed to work, as Martinez looked dangerous throughout and even tallied the first MLS goal of his career in the second half. According to Hackworth, though, the decision to start Martinez was one based on player fatigue, and not necessarily tactics.

"We knew going into these two games, with the three day turnaround, that we had to play a lot of different players," Hackworth said. "We talked about this being a team effort, these two games, that we we would have to use our depth. Josue, along with a lot of our other young attacking players, needs opportunities, so it was good. He did a really good job of doing what we asked him to do, in terms of training and preparation, and that made a big difference today."

While Martinez had seen extended time before, he had never scored, so Sunday's win held added importance for the young Costa Rican as he looks to solidify his role with the club.

"I'm really happy. I think I've worked hard these past few months," said Martinez. "The opportunity arose, and I think I took advantage of it the best way I could. The team did its best and we got the three points."

Martinez's impact was important in the result, but he wasn't the best player on the field Sunday. That honor belonged to Adu, who showed the potential that soccer fans around the country and around the globe know he possesses. Unfortunately, though, Adu injured himself when he scored the penalty kick, and he had to leave the match early in the second half.

"Personally, it feels good. It means a lot," Adu said. "Two goals in league play are good for your confidence, especially when the coach tells you to push forward. To reward the coach with two goals, it's a great feeling. It feels like it's been a while since the team won a game, so hopefully I'm able to stay out in that position and play the rest of the games this year at that position."

For the Dynamo, the loss represented a blown opportunity for the club to distance itself from other teams trying to get into the postseason. Houston remained in the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but the Columbus Crew now sit just one point behind them. The Dynamo failed to convert any momentum from their 4-0 midweek win in the CONCACAF Champions League into the game against Philly.

Houston will have a chance to get back on track on Saturday, when they return home to host the New England Revolution. Philadelphia, meanwhile, will take on another East contender when they travel to Columbus to take on the Crew.

Here are the match highlights:

What did you think of the match? Can Philadelphia somehow pull off a miracle and challenge for a playoff berth, or were they just playing spoiler? Will Houston rebound next week against the Revolution?

Share your thoughts below.

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55 Responses to Adu bags brace as Union down Dynamo

  1. Nick F says:

    Definitely an offside goal by Josue…

  2. GD10 says:

    this should raise some eyebrows

  3. 2tone says:

    Finally a coach realises Adu is a Fantista. A CAM/CF right behind a more traiditional #9. A position that is sorely lacking with the USMNT. I really do hope Adu gets it together because he still is one of the best technical players in the USMNT player pool. I am glad he was given the chance to play his natural role, finally.

  4. GD10 says:

    Exactly this post just gives me flashbacks of Adu and Altidore for the u20’s and u23’s a few years back they were deadly when combined and played off each other.

  5. PD says:

    + bajillion.

  6. squirt-lover says:

    Freddy’s head is gigantic in this photo.

  7. Persnickety says:

    But you mean fantasista, right?

  8. jya says:

    Call him up now and fire Bradley

  9. GD10 says:

    I honestly do think of Bradley was coach Adu would be on the nats right now maybe not a start but he would be picked for squads. Adu finally earned Bobs trust at the end of the gold cup, how do explain starting him in the final against Mexico. Bob finally trusted him but Bon was fired and klinsmann overhauled te whole pool. I’m surprised klinsmann hasn’t at least taken a chance on Adu even in january. I think klinsy would be pleasantly surprised. Adu best if when he’s combining and play off people like I said. But he can’t play defense so you really only have one option play him as a second striker. Having Adu supporting jozy in let’s say a 4 4 1 1 or a 4 2 3 1 would be ideal. Jozy lives off combination plays and a someone he can playoff of. Sure Dempsey is a great option but adu brings more in the chances created department for teammates. Having Dempsey on the left , Adu in the middle, and Donovan

  10. GD10 says:

    On the right that would be a great attacking 3 behind altidore plus you could have Bradley and Williams in the back who are both solid to good passers who can get the ball to the offense

  11. GW says:

    Why are you surprised?

    During Klinsmann’s time in charge Fred A has not played up to his performance in Turkey, which is why BB called Adudinho back up in the first place.

    BB gave Adu a lot of chances and it was only in the Gold Cup that he finally paid Bradley back. Just look up every one of Adu’s few senior team games and tell me if, other than the Panama game in the Gold Cup, Freddy ever contributed to a win. So he is flashy; big f+++ing deal. If it does not help us win so what? Maybe you like being an entertaining loser but I think the USMNT deserves better.

    Fred A. has been hot and cold for Philly and today represents his first standout performance to the best of my knowledge. His Under 23 performance during the Olympic qualifying was exceptionally unremarkable to near anonymous; and as Captain, it does not seem he provided a lot of guidance now does it?

    If he can build on today’s performance, great but he has done nothing to compel JK or anyone to call him up lately.

    And please don’t give the tired “but he is only 22″ line. He has been a pro about 8 years or about three years longer than our other wayward 22 year old Jozy, who is now coming good. If he was as good as Jozy perhaps the light bulb should have gone off a few years ago. That roughly coincides with his Turkey stint. Except his stint in Turkey is nowhere near as exceptional and consistent as what Jozy has been doing at AZ the last two years.

    And he has regressed since then.

  12. Jeb says:

    i wish he didn’t get injured, it would have been nice to see him push for a hat trick..

  13. GD10 says:

    Played well against Spain a few years back. Free kick goal against Guatemala come to mind. And the Olympic disaster wasn’t just adu’s fault he was playing out of on the wing if I remember and was a threat during the tournament he wasn’t bad as people say. He also is a league leader in chances created. Philly are a better team when he is in the eleven. If Philly can get good forward in the offense I’m sure Adu would be up there in assists.

  14. Crazy Fan says:

    Long time reader but unfrequent poster….as many SBI posters have said about freddy he brings qualities that no other USA player has and has produced at practically every international tournament he has played for the US. His final pass is what the USMNT is missing and seems to play his best when surrounded by better players like landon, clint, etc…. I have no doubts that if given the opportunity by JK he would not disappoint. Hope he gets his chance.

  15. Esteban de la Sexface says:

    I was at the game and here are some thoughts from it:

    – Houston looked a bit flat and they didn’t play well. They are a more talented team than Philly, but they let Philly control the game.

    – Sheanon Williams was great as was Raymon Gaddis. Gaddis has shown his inexperience this season, but he has potential to be a solid starter. With a bit more polish, Williams could be one of the league’s best right backs.

    – Philly is desperate for a goalie. MacMath was his usual spastic self and almost gave away a goal. I’m guessing that MacMath has cost Philly 10 points this season.

    – Philly is also desperate for a forward. If they want to play the 4-3-3, then they need someone who can lead the line. They need not spend big (a la NYRB) or find some former star (a la Portland), they just need someone who can hold the ball a bit and score some goals. Will Bruin would fit perfectly as would Sebastian Le Toux or Kenny Cooper. Doesn’t even have to be a big guy – just someone who will take responsibility.

    – A very, very typical Freddy Adu performance – it perfectly encapsulates his entire time at Philly. He had very little impact on the game save for the first goal. Then he does another thing well 30 minutes later (scores the PK) and then he’s hurt and out. Adu normally provides one moment of skill per game and normally it comes to nothing either because he over-elaborates or teammates fail to take advantage (today was an exception). The problem is that Adu fails to consistently make a positive impact on the game and do so throughout it. Adu does one trick (two if we’re lucky) and then that’s it for the rest of the game. Good players don’t disappear for long stretches of each game, but Adu always does.

    – I like the Farfans but I have now concluded that while they are skilled players, they are also dirty players. Marfan deserved a red today and all season they’ve been getting in minor dustups with opponents.

  16. 2tone says:

    Yeah my bad.

  17. 2tone says:

    *Fantasista*

  18. Davy Crockett says:

    Unremarkable to near anonymous in Olympic Qualifying? What game were you watching? He assisted 2 of the 3 goals against El Salvador, and was the lynchpin in the attack to what should have been a great comeback win to advance to the next stage.

  19. 2tone says:

    Uhm. Adu was the reason why the U.S. had taken the lead against El Slavador. If he had been played in Corona’s position; Adu would have been much more inluential. It was a mistake by Poter to keep Adu on the outside.

  20. GD10 says:

    Thank you thank you and thank you

  21. MLSsnob says:

    I guess that’s what happens when you give him “the keys to the car”. Yes I know it’s not a creating position that he was in today, but he proves that he was dangerous, start him!

  22. GW says:

    I should have said competitive game. Spain was a friendly that we lost.

    If he was the great midfielder that you build a team around he should be carrying that Philly team on his back right into contention. After all, it is the inferior MLS right? If he can’t dominate in MLS what can he do in the World Cup?

  23. GW says:

    They needed four. They got three. Adu is not a winner.

    Like I said Davy,when the chips were down Freddy came up small and a team that he captained could not get it done.

    Where was he against Canada when we needed the offense you all say he can provide?

  24. GW says:

    If he was the reason they led then he can also take the blame for being tied. It works both ways, especially for the captain.

    With Freddy, it’s always the coaches fault isn’t it?

    Do you think a great midfielder would let being on the outside get in his way especially one with Freddy’s great experience at the Under 23 level?

    Great midfielders go where they need to, especially a captain with 8 years of professional experience.

  25. Sef one says:

    He was out of the game when Hamid made a bad play.

  26. T-moble says:

    The fact you call MLS inferior, you lost me.

  27. pd says:

    You have an unrealistic expectation of him. Kinda the story of his life. Who tells a fourteen year old kid he’s the next Pèle, plunks a small mountain of cash in his lap plus a pro contract and doesn’t wind up being disappointed when he doesn’t walk on water? I don ‘t know if that’s the player’s fault or the league’s fault, but either way all that can be done now is to put that aside and judge him on the fact that he’s done exactly what you want your starting playmaker to do. With a halfway experienced striking partner and a coach that would utilize him in the way he’s meant to play, I don’t thinknir’s unreasonable to say that he’d he’d probably in contention as the assist leader in the league and have at least 3-6 more goals on the season. One can only hope that is the direction this team will head in next season, because if Adu is going to reach his potential it needs to be at a club where he can spend a few years… and I think this is the place that can happen.

  28. PD says:

    You are delusional.

  29. PD says:

    People have long critiqued Dempsey and Donovan for “disappearing for large stretches of a game as well. Perhaps it has to fo with the nature of the position that an attacking player will only be visible in attack, whereas a box-to-box midfielder will be more engaged?

    I’m not saying you’re wrong, just suggesting an alternative explanation.

  30. PD says:

    I think that Adu needs a redux and frankly that’s exactly what the Union offers him. The best thing that can happen for him is for folks to forget he was at the center of a hype machine that was doomed to fail from the start. When you look at it from that perspective it’s a wonder he’s still playing. However, if he can take the next two seasons to be at the center of a young nucleus of talented players where he can form a key role in the attack, he’ll be 26 and poised to move overseas or be a marquee player for the league for a good bit longer. We’ve seen flashes of it when it works and flashes of how frustratingly close this whole team is to really lighting it up (they need a striker with height, a centerback with height, and a GK with sone sense) But Adu is not Xavi or Iniesta, but he’s still got the makings of one freakishly talented playmaker if he’s given time to find his groove. He seems to be saying and going all the things that would indicate that he understands what he needs to do, and today the Aunion coaching staff gave him a chance to show them what he could do centrally and it seemed very promising. Since the US does not enjoy a glut of prospects in this area I think it’s in any US Soccer fan’s interest to hope he keeps pulling his act together.

  31. PD says:

    You seem to forget that before Jozy moved to Holland (after a major deal to Villareal and a stint in the EPL) many folks declared Jozy to be dead in the water. It took going to a club with a coach that Jozy listened to and worked his tail off for to turn things around. I don’t care how long Adu has been a pro, he’s still a 23 year old talented kid who was role a bill of goods that he bought into. He’s not a victim, but I do think that if he hadn’t hit rock bottom playing in second division Turkish soccer he would not have come back to the MLS and to a glib being led by Peter Nowak.

  32. PD says:

    +1. great post!

  33. Rowsdower says:

    What a piss poor performance by the Dynamo. Personally I thought the PK was a joke and the 3rd goal was totally offsides. Regardless the Dynamo looked like a team on the outs and deserved nothing. Really annoyed.

  34. Esteban de la Sexface says:

    It’s a fair point but I’d say the criticism of Dempsey and Donovan is at international level, they boss(ed) MLS games. Also Donovan almost always works quite hard when the opposition has the ball as does Dempsey (albeit only when Dempsey’s playing top teams). Adu jogs around and then comes to life when he has the ball. The nature of this style relegates him to a relatively minor role in the course of a game. In fact now that I type this, it’s probably exactly what Lalas means when he said that Adu is a “luxury” player.

  35. Esteban de la Sexface says:

    I thought Houston were certainly poor. The third goal was certainly offside and even looked so from the other side of the field. Not sure how the linesman missed that. On the other hand, Sheanon Williams looked like he was tackled on the PK and I thought it was a fair call. Did it look unfair on TV?

  36. Rowsdower says:

    Yeah, I was a bit harsh on the PK after watching it again today. Anyway, watching that reminds me how poor Andre has been this year.

  37. Vic says:

    Agreed. Every coach has preferences for players. If Bradley were coach Bedoya, Adu, Feilhaber and Lichaj would most likely get calls.

  38. GW says:

    We should have had the game well in hand before Hamid made his bad play. And as I said, what happened with Canada? Beat or tie them and the El Salvador game is very different.

  39. The Imperative Voice says:

    I don’t think it’s that surprising. Houston is 3-5-8 on the road, including 3-1 or 4-2 type beatings against Montreal, Vancouver, Chicago, and now Philly. What keeps the team competitive is it is 9-5-0 (undefeated) at home.

    Basically schizophrenic, and I don’t know if it’s larger field size exposing speed limitations, formation, tactics, logistics, what….but the stats don’t lie.

  40. The Imperative Voice says:

    I don’t think Adu beating the crappy Sarkodie (who should be in the minors, not starting) for a goal, taking a PK someone else earned, and then going off injured really says anything enduring about his qualities.

  41. The Imperative Voice says:

    Houston showed up flat, started too many of the wrong players, and the coach didn’t react until it was 3-1 and the game was over.

    In terms of the wrong players, Sarkodie was awful and didn’t even look better than Creavalle in the CCL game midweek. He then got abused by Adu of all people. Kinnear then pushed Hainault in the middle and I don’t think we play well when he’s teamed with Boz. I prefer Taylor central but Kinnear moved him wide to spell Ashe. The better call would have been Creavalle LB and everyone else where they usually start.

    I also feel like Camargo was a dumb choice based on form. Also, while Rico Clark might be justifiable on some theory if we ever get him fit and playing well it will make us better, it’s not presently playing out that way, he’s not really done anything yet to sell me the old Rico is back. I don’t think that helps either. Carr is awful, Kandji and Davis were anonymous.

    After a performance where mny rested vets still looked leggy, Kinnear needs to look at the game tapes from recently and bring back the players who are on form and fitness. Kinnear teams usually click around now but right now we’re playing some of the wrong guys in what I increasingly see as the wrong formation, 433. Together with our road record that does not bode well for the postseason…unless Kinnear gets the studs in the lineup in a normal darned 442 and gets the thing re-fired up.

    Philly has a good young team but you could tell from the last 30 there was a decent Dynamo team, more competitive, hiding beneath the dross Kinnear started. If we go to the form book we’ll win at home as always, but if we need a result in Colorado Kinnear may have to get a little smarter. This was a dumb loss where there wasn’t quick enough of a reaction from the coach’s box.

  42. GD10 says:

    CCL and the fact Philly was going to explode offensively one of these games were probably the biggest reason for the Houston loss.

  43. beachbum says:

    +1

    exactly what happened…and they didn’t need 4, they needed 3 until that fateful play at the end by Shea and then Johnson

  44. The Imperative Voice says:

    CCL? I was there and it wasn’t half the same people:

    Thurs.: Deric, ** Sarkodie, ** Hainault, ** Boswell, Creavalle, C Clark, Barnes, Moffat, Watson, Ching, Weaver.
    Sun.: Hall, Sarkodie, Taylor, Hainault, Boswell, Garcia, R Clark, Camargo, Davis, Bruin, Kandji.

    Three players who started both games.

    Philly’s “offensive explosion” consisted of Sarkodie getting worked over by Adu in isolation, Hainault clumsily falling over his man, and Martinez tapping a ball in from obviously offsides.

    We got outplayed for most of the game and the result was fair but please, this is not indicative of how great the offense is for a 8-14-6 team that had just 26 GF coming in; nor is it fixture congestion getting to us, when many of the Dynamo didn’t even dress Thursday. To me it was about our general road malaise and a poorly chosen set of players to change it.

  45. Shane says:

    Adu has played well for the Nats senior team every single time, clearly. He always has a creative impact on the game. It is a crime he is not called up yet Torres continues be heralded as this amazing player yet he is still to register an assist or goal. I like and appreciate Torres and think he should be in the mix for the Nats but the credit he gets and the credit Adu doesnt is mind boggling

  46. GD10 says:

    I was talking about squad turnover. houston had to play some debatable players (camargo, sarkodie. I was saying about the unions offense was bound to score some goals and it so happened to be the dynamo.

  47. The Imperative Voice says:

    Sorry dude that was Kinnear’s idea of the A team, many of whom did not play Thursday, playing a Philly squad with two games this past week also.

    I think the problem is the choice of debatable, carryover players from the FAS match which was the B team effort. Neither Sarkodie nor Camargo impressed me against FAS. For that matter, Sarkodie hasn’t impressed me since his first preseason. But that’s who he held over?

    I felt like our performance picked up when he put in Barnes, Carr, and Weaver, and trended offensive. Mind you, it was desperation by then, but those guys accounted for 3G and 2A at least against FAS, and we showed some signs of life against Philly with them involved.

    You’re saying it’s turnover from game to game but IMO it’s the people he’s using in the A team games. You’ve actually hit on two people who currently have no business with the A unit and you could have told that from their B game. And yet they start anyway.

    Sorry, they came out flat and per Hall knew what was coming scoutingwise, just could not blunt it. That sounds like the wrong selection.

    Personally, I think the defense is marginally OK, slow, and they took a risk selling Cameron without a replacement. The 08 unit before Cameron was converted to a back used to have bad days like this, before NY eliminated them with 3 goals in a home game. But I think if they used Creavalle instead of Sarkodie we’d have more of a fighting chance.

  48. ronniet says:

    i’m curious to know why you keep bringing up the fact that he was the captain, and thus he should have done better? You can say that about of lot of players who captain a side and don’t leave an impression! Bocanegra has been captain for years for the NATS, and i gotta tell you, he has alot of stinkers so that whole captain spill is bogus and you covering up your distaste for adu! Adu has been nothing but a bright spot for the nats everytime he puts on that crest on…take of the hate goggles kid!

  49. GW says:

    T-mo,

    Sorry.

    I go too fast sometimes, let me slow down and break it down for you.

    The World Cup, and most experts will agree with me, has a much higher standard in terms of the quality of the players and the intensity of the competition, than MLS.

    That is because many if not most of the best players in the world play in the World Cup. And winning or even just doing well in the World Cup is just about the biggest thing going. That is why I think MLS has to be rated lower than the World Cup in terms of competition.

    Are you still with me?

    Freddy seems to be having a lot of trouble making an impression. As the Union’s chief table setter, he does not seem to be producing at a consistently high level for the Union. They aren’t doing that well.

    If he has this much trouble at the MLS level, why does anyone think he will do better at the World Cup level?

    You will hear others say; well he will be playing with better players. True. Maybe
    After all, with the Union his teammates will have the advantage of playing and practicing a lot more with Freddy, a big deal with a table setter like him. Both parties can anticipate Freddy’s passes better, a huge advantage.

    But he will also be playing AGAINST tougher players, with a great deal on the line. And as I have already noted, in that circumstance Freddy has not distinguished himself.

    Those people want to bring Freddy on as some sort of specialist offensive wonder sub. Man U. for example used to use Soljskaer like this. Bring him on for five minutes at the end of the game and he would score two goals, or something along those lines.

    My problem with that reasoning is that we already have that guy. His name is Gomez.
    If you are to have that person on a roster he is almost always a forward. And you can only have one of them. If you have been watching JK he is very oriented towards versatile players not specialists. The aforementioned Gomez for example is more versatile than Jozy.

    Freddy is a midfielder a creator of goal scoring opportunities, not necessarily a goal scorer per se. And in the World Cup every one of those 23 spots is really important. I think JK would prefer to fix the US’ attacking deficits by means other than resorting to a luxury item, super sub like Freddy, who is hardly a sure fire proven super sub.

    And Freddy has yet to prove he can be a full time player for the US should the need arise.

    He will have to get a lot hotter before JK will consider him.

    Again, sorry about going too fast and losing you. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

  50. GW says:

    PD,

    Your post is almost word for word what I have been reading about Adu for nearly eight years.

    I hope he either breaks out and does really well or quits soon because otherwise, we will be reading this same post seven years from now from now when Freddy is 29.

    Keep your post on Word so you can re-post it seven years from now.

  51. GW says:

    Sure, so where was Freddy against Canada when a few goals would have made a big difference and changed the whole nature of the El Salvador game?

  52. GW says:

    How many of those games, and I should say competitive ones where he made an impact has the team won?

  53. GW says:

    Donovan and Dempsey’s “disappearances” have been tolerated because they have proven themselves many times over to be vital contributors to the USMNT.

    Also, they have proven that they can contributed to the team even when they do not score. Both do a lot of the dirty work, the little things that fans don’t notice.

    In the 2010 WC, Clint (and Jozy) were making a lot of dummy runs and getting clobbered numerous times. I rarely see either guy get credit for that sort of work.

    And Donovan for example was beloved by Moyes and Everton because of his defensive effort and his all around contribution, not for his goal scoring. In fact Moyes is on record as saying he does not regard Donovan as a goalscorer per se. And he meant that as a compliment, sort of.

    The same cannot be said of Adu. If if he does provide the best final killer pass, which is debateable, if that is the only thing he can do, and that seems to be the case,then few if any teams can afford that luxury; certainly not the US.

  54. GW says:

    PD,

    Jozy is a different case from Adu. Both had similar experiences bouncing around European clubs at a young age. Both have been written off and come back.

    The difference is that through all his European travels, Jozy has been a regular for the US and done well. Part of it is the position they play.

    Jozy was a forward on a team that had few if any alternatives to him.

    Adu was a creative number 10 type and the US was not and is not set up to play with one.

    The position issue is crucial. At his best Jozy could contribute in many ways even if he did not score. Club teams that will take a chance on a 21-22 year old World Cup veteran with a good scoring record for his national team. AZ proved to be a perfect fit.

    Adu on the other hand had precious few US appearances. And unlike you and his fans, the people who buy players aren’t wild about the idea of taking someone else’s trash and turning it into their treasure. Not when they can get a player who is younger, cheaper and as good if not better. Emphasis on cheaper.

    As you and so many others have pointed out, needs to more or less have the team built around him to do his best. In the hyper competitive European club scene, that is a lot to ask of a technical director and a manager to commit to building a team around a guy who can’t get on the field for his clubs and can’t get on the field for his country. Put yourself in their shoes. Guys like Freddy are a dime a dozen in the reserve teams of the big European clubs.

    Yes, Fred is only 22 but that is ancient in the soccer world, especially in Europe. Eden Hazard is 21 but has been tearing it up for Lille in Lge 1 since 2009 when he was 18 or so.

    Freddy could still be a rough approximation of the star everyone thought he could be. But his career has been mismanaged to this point. Who was responsible I do not know, but he should have found a way long before last year to force his way to a club either MLS or elsewhere in Europe where he could have played and shown people what he can do.
    And ask yourself this, shouldn’t Freddy have known that Nowak, of all people, was not the Union’s answer to Stewart and Verbeek, or Owen Coyle or David Moyes? I don’t know how much influence Adu had about going to Philly but you would have thought he would have moved heaven and earth to avoid his old manager.

    The guy has been around for eight years and been through a ton of managers and clubs and has precious little production to show for it. Jozy produced, Freddy did not. That production earned Jozy a shot at a good club. Freddy earned himself a berth with Nowak. Think about that.

    It is always someone else’s fault. There is always an excuse.

    Twenty two or not you only get so many shots.

  55. GW says:

    By the way “unrealistic expectation”?

    Your expectation is that he will be the USMNT #10 and lead us to the 2014 World Cup. Which is what a #10 does. If that is where you want him, he can’t be a part timer,which is all Freddy has ever been.

    I’m sorry but that is far more unrealistic than anything I have written.