NASL commish open to idea of Adu move to Silverbacks

Freddy Adu Bahia (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

As far as players who resonate in American soccer go, few can match up to Freddy Adu and that is why NASL commissioner Bill Peterson is not against the idea of seeing the youngster playing in North America’s second division.

Peterson touched on the topic of Adu potentially joining NASL on Thursday in the wake of comments made by Atlanta Silverbacks head coach Eric Wynalda to SI.com earlier in the week. Peterson said the addition of Adu to NASL would be positive for the league, but stopped short of saying much else about what the 24-year-old playmaker.

“He’s a well-known player and I think it would mean a lot to the Altanta club to have a player like that,” said Peterson. “Our teams, our owners are responsible for their own success on the field, so if they feel like that’s something that’s going to help them win games first and if it helps them promote their club then that’s great as well.

“I’d love to see guys like that, too. I’d love to see a lot of different people in this league. We’ll see what they decide to do.”

Adu, is currently a free agent after having seen his deal with Bahia expire in December and Wynalda said earlier this week that he wants to bring Adu over to Atlanta, where the former striker will serve as head coach this season.

Sources tell SBI that Adu’s next move will almost certainly see him stay in Europe. He is currently training with English League Championship side Blackpool, and sources tell SBI that Norway and Turkey are possible destinations for Adu.

What is going in the Silverbacks’ favor is that they do not operate under a salary cap like clubs in MLS and could afford to pay Adu his high salary demands. That, and their desire to add him to the roster.

“I think he can still play at a high level,” Wynalda told SI.com. “He proved to me he was capable of that against Mexico in the Gold Cup final (in 2011). His ego can’t get in the way because the level will be questioned, but he needs to find a team that wants him, and I want him.”

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44 Responses to NASL commish open to idea of Adu move to Silverbacks

  1. Ian Woodville says:

    Oops someone else discovered that mentioning Adu gets you all sorts of free publicity. Can we expect presidential candidates to hint that Adu might be their choice for VP or brewers mentioning that they expect Adu to sample their brand? the opportunities are endless.

  2. Nimrod says:

    Why would Adu need to play in the NASL? Nothing to be gained and he can get better visibility playing anywhere in Europe. If he plays NASL, you can bet there are hacks that are targeting him so they can make a name for themselves.

    Btw, they play on turf so that should be a deterrent rather than an incentive.

    • Gerald says:

      I agree but there isn’t a lot of teams linning up for his services either

    • danny says:

      Nothing to be gained? How about actually playing league soccer… that’s something that he hasn’t done for awhile. And play somewhere where they actually build the system around him. And let’s face it he is going to have to swallow his pride to find a team/league that will actually do that.

      • Rory Miller says:

        Yeah, I mean, what is there to gain from playing in NASL under Wynalda?

        Let’s just go ask Chris Klute who went from Atlanta to Colorado and picked up the tag of “the future left back of the USMNT” in about six months time.

        • NC Jeff says:

          +1 … Wynalda strikes me (pun intended) as a solid player development coach, which is what US Soccer needs out of the NASL. If he does go there, he can get some good coaching in while outside of the media spotlight. Then, after probably a year, he can go elsewhere and be a viable player for someone, and STILL be just 25 (seems like he HAS to be older than 24). And, if after a year, he is not a viable player, well …

      • Nimrod says:

        If he goes and plays well, e.g., xx assists, xx goals, people will say it’s the 2nd division, etc. No one will take those accomplishments seriously, or enough to compete for a USMNT.

    • Cosmosfan says:

      Because the kid needs to find a team that wants him and will play him so he can get back into the groove. The guy has played like no competitive soccer in 6 years…if he values his career he would look to a situation where he can reestablish himself in a supportive atmosphere..then try his luck abroad again. just my opinion.

    • TheSoccerDude says:

      Adu is not that good. No European team wants him. When teams don’t want you, it is hard to play for them.

      No MLS team wants him because he just isn’t good enough.

      End the Adu love.

      • TomG says:

        Scored 5 goals with Philly in 2012 and would have had 10 assists if anyone could finish on that team. He can play in MLS. You’re being silly.

        • Nimrod says:

          I wonder if the majority of people here commenting saw him play for Philly. If they did, they would know the issue isn’t him but the way the coach used him. When Adu played for them, they were exciting to watch, without him, there was no creativity and attack was pretty dull and predictable.

          Even a guy like Torres was not playing; what does that tell you about the coach/system.

      • matt says:

        No European team wants him [for the salary he expects]. No MLS team wants him [for the salary he expects].

        FYP

        Dude has some talent left but not $300,000 worth.

  3. bob says:

    he’s the oldest looking 24 year old I’ve ever seen in that photo..

    • dude says:

      you are an idiot. just look at half of the players on teams in the SEC and they make me(25) look like a 17 yr old.

      • JayAre says:

        +1 He looks 22/23 ish to me. I don’t get the age argument with Freddy. Greg Oden came out of high school looking like he was 35

  4. TomG says:

    Not sure why MLS is being ruled out? He was still,a very useful player for Philly even though they didn’t feel he was worth the salary (no one does). I’d think there might be a few MLS sides that might like him on a reasonable contract. He needs to play games and MLS seems like a good level for him. It’s the only place he’s ever gotten a decent run of games in his whole career aside from a brief run in Turkey. Aside from hooking up with a manager who knows him and believes in him a la Bob Bradley, this is his best bet for getting playing time at a decent level.

    • Phil B says:

      Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I think wage demands pretty much rule out MLS. He was at $400k in Philly, which I believe is the most you can make without being a DP. No one will commit to that much money for Adu.

      • Phil B says:

        And I meant to say that I don’t think he is willing to accept a lower contract… but that is just my opinion of why he’s still in Europe.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      “even though they didn’t feel he was worth the salary (no one does)”

      you said it right there. until he thinks no one is going to pay him what he’s asking, i don’t think he’ll lower his salary demands.

      • TomG says:

        If he’s not willing to take a decent check in a good spot in a good league for him with a situation he knows he can get playing time over a paycheck for yet another unsettled situation, then he just doesn’t really want to play and there’s no hope for him. If he’s too dumb to realize that the biggest money will come down the road once he’s proved himself, he’s a lost cause.

  5. MLSatlanta says:

    I personally would love to see Freddy here in Atlanta. I’m a big Silverbacks fan but one thing Atlanta (and NASL) is missing is recognizable names. I support the Backs because I want to support soccer in Atlanta, but I’ll be honest, when I first started going to games I didn’t know a single player on the field. I have since then gotten to know the players, but having a big name would definitely peak the interest of the casual fans or people that are on the fence.

  6. JayAre says:

    Watch him bring Atlanta to soccer prominence. Not on the field but in the media!!!

  7. Pep Guardiola says:

    Right now it doesn’t matter where he plays as long as he’s playing consistently ANYWHERE he goes…

  8. ATL Yo! says:

    Would be great if we could afford him.

  9. NASL to el paso tx says:

    Cosmos,mexico ligamx, japan, australia, bob bradley. ABCs bachelor, real world explosion, fs1, BET. NFL kicker, college :-)

  10. Marco says:

    “Peterson said the addition of Adu to NASL would be positive for the league, but stopped short of saying much else about what the 24-year-old playmaker.”

    Does nobody proofread these articles anymore? This is becoming all-too common lately. I have always looked at SBI as a great news source but lately it’s really trending towards being just a blog with all the trappings of bloggerdom (including errors that simply would be caught if a second set of eyes had seen the work before being published).

    • TomG says:

      Um, you might want to sit down for this, but…. It IS a blog. Go read the NY Times if you want fact checkers and proofreaders. I’d hope all the writers have a good grasp of English language grammar and writing conventions as well as basic journalistic tenets, but the idea is to publish lots of content cheaply and quickly. There are going to be some mistakes.

      • William the Terror says:

        +1 … and, well said (and written).

        • Marco says:

          Sorry if I’d like it to be a little better than a Facebook post. I don’t think asking someone to read over their writing a second time is asking that much. But that’s cool, if it becomes a lot less professional and a lot more blog then I’m sure a lot of us will just find another place to read the same stuff every source has.

          • TomG says:

            Comparing it to a Facebook post is just goofy. You’re the one being dopey in this case. You also just used a noun (blog) as an adjective, so get off your high horse.

  11. Jake says:

    I thought it would be the Cosmos, but this sounds about right. They want an MLS team in Atlanta. An Adu move would get them publicity (deserved or not). It’d be a good level for him right now. If he shows he can compete and dominate the league, an MLS team will pick him up. For the right price for Atlanta, its a good move for both parties.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      he’s already good enough for mls. did no one watch him in philly?

      the reason mls teams aren’t picking him up is his high salary, plain and simple.

  12. Free beer says:

    He Adu’d it … A term associated with millennials who bought to the hype after reading the press releases sent out by their management team

  13. Tiny says:

    of course yall picked a picture where he looks old af

  14. Landon Klinsmann says:

    Freddy is 27 and Messi grew to become who he was with the help of HGH. These are just the two uncomfortable truths of soccer right now. I have given up explaining to folks that HGH does more than just make short guys grow taller, in that it also creates permanent increase in muscle mass which Messy takes full advantage of in his explosive runs behind defenders. But I hope that people still will entertain the notion that Freddy has always been older than he and his family have held him out to be.

    • TomG says:

      I think your tin foil hat is too tight.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      “I hope that people still will entertain the notion that Freddy has always been older than he and his family have held him out to be.”

      well, people still think obama’s from kenya, so i don’t think you have to worry about that.

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