Adu

Once the youngest player MLS had ever seen, Freddy Adu is making another move around the world.

Adu, who famously began his career at 14 and has played in Portugal, France, Turkey, Greece and the U.S., is now preparing to take his chances in the home of the next World Cup.

Brazil’s Bahia team could stylistically prepare Adu for another shot at the U.S. Men’s national team, especially since his location would set him up right behind the scenes in Brazil, just in time for the 2014 Cup.

As a Brazilian, I can see how the atmosphere the league presents can spark inspiration for Adu and might be the crucial push he needs to get back on the team in time for the tournament.

The league has recently become financially stable from all the growth that Brazil has seen in regards to the tournament and its ability to keep high level players like Ronaldinho, Pato and Neymar. This will only make Adu grow and force him to regain his confidence.

The transfer will see nothing but good news; not only would the move be taking Adu from the bench and bad favor of Philadelphia Union coach John Hackworth, but would also be clearing up salary space for the team. Financially sustained, and in one of the hottest vacation spots in Brazil, the transfer puts Adu in a win-win situation himself.

Adu had been offered a range of transfer options from South Korea, to Australia, to Mexico, but since Bahia surfaced, the falling star has began to look at the leading soccer nation for inspiration.

Freddy is planning on traveling there next week as he attempts to drastically change his career and move further from his MLS debut on April 3, 2004.

 

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At this point you probably already know more than you need to about the U.S. Men’s U23 team. But what you probably didn’t know is that Andrew Luck is driving the U.S. Soccer bandwagon. Check out the picture (above) of him rocking the Team USA shirt during his NFL Pro Day.

A little history on Luck’s affinity for futbol: His dad Oliver was named president of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo in 2005. So his support makes sense. I’m digging it, and I’m also encouraged by the enthusiasm and confidence from the U23 squad. Peep the tweets below:

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Before getting into the gory details on the U.S. U23 team – who begin play on Thursday against Cuba – let me say that I find it hilarious that Freddy Adu is still eligible for the Olympic team.

This tournament marks the fifth and final time Adu can play in any type of youth competition, a mind-blowing number. He certainly seems to have his head on straight right now, meeting fans in advance of the game against Cuba down in Nashville.

Head coach Caleb Porter and goalkeeper Bill Hamid also stop by to share their thoughts on the start of qualification as the U.S. U23s look to punch a ticket to London.

For more on the tournament, be sure to check out our preview and meet us here Thursday for our live chat on the CONCACAF Qualifier against Cuba.

 

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Shower. Morning coffee. U.S. U23 Men’s National Team highlights.

I’ll take credit for the last one. The U.S. defeated FC Dallas 2-1 on Wednesday. Here’s a cheat sheet, assuming you don’t want to watch the entire video (which is, however, complete with ambient noise from a Tom Hanks scene in “Cast Away” … several scenes, actually).

  • Ike Opara scores a great header at around 56 seconds.
  • Freddy Adu takes a horrific penalty kick at around 1:40.
  • Brek Shea scores the game-winner at 1:58

There you go. Now, back to your regularly scheduled program.

 

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Whitney Houston’s vocals melted even the toughest of men – just ask Wayne Rooney. In the wake of the shocking news that the 48-year-old pop icon died on Saturday, the burly Man U bruiser was reduced to a mourning fan as he took to Twitter:

“Whitney has passed away. RIP u will live on forever. Cant believe it. I wanna run to u. Really cant believe this.”

And later:

“I grew up listening to Whitney. So everyone asking why im tweeting about her, show some respect. Best female artist of all time.”

The likes of Gerard Pique, Freddy Adu, Ryan Babel, Bill Hamid and Ifran Bachdim also tweeted their support for a legend whose global impact bled into the sports world.

Houston performed at the World Cup closing ceremonies in 1994 (as shown above), and most notably sang one of the two greatest renditions of the Star Spangled Banner of all time (for my money, she’s tied with another fallen legend).

We bid our farewell to Houston with a lasting image after the jump.

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Another American goes overseas

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It looks like Freddy Adu is heading overseas yet again, only this time he is going to Spain.

The Ghanaian-born Adu will be joining Spanish side Rayo Vallecano for a two-week training stint.  This is the same team that attempted to sign Adu this past summer.

 

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New Philadelphia Union midfielder Freddy Adu and Union Manager Peter Nowak talk to the media after Adu’s first day of training with the team at PPL Park in Chester, PA.

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As we reported yesterday, Freddy Adu is coming back to the MLS. What we thought was he’d head to Chivas USA, however it is now confirmed he will sign with another MLS club.

Adu will be introduced as the Philadelphia Union’s newest signing on Friday, marking his return to MLS after four years in Europe, multiple sources confirmed to Fox Soccer on Thursday.

Welcome back to the U.S.A., Freddy. Too bad you couldn’t stay in Europe, I hope your game doesn’t diminish.

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The yo-yo that has been Freddie Adu’s career, looks like it will continue to go up and down.

Chivas USA is lining up a move to sign Adu as a Designated Player, high-ranking MLS sources told SBI late Tuesday night.

Adu is currently in the final year of his contract with Benfica, but could be allowed to move to MLS on a free transfer as the Portuguese club is looking to unload his contract.

A move to Chivas USA would re-unite Adu with Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser, who was an assistant coach with Real Salt Lake during Adu’s final season in MLS before heading to Europe in 2007.

Sure, a return the MLS would mean more playing time for Adu, but if comes back to the MLS he isn’t going to progress and get better. Personally, I think he should stay in Europe, and continue to work hard.

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via Washington Post.

Almost forgotten for two years, Freddy Adu reintroduced himself to American soccer with a pair of impressive efforts in the late stages of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. As the 2014 World Cup cycle begins, the 22-year-old midfielder-forward is back in the roster mix and seems certain to receive additional call-ups leading to the start of qualifying next summer. But what about his immediate future? He has a year remaining on his contract with Portuguese club Benfica, which, in recent years, loaned him to clubs in France, Portugal, Greece and Turkey.

“Freddy’s plans have always been to return to Benfica for preseason training [in mid-July], although there are teams that have expressed interest in him,” Richard Motzkin, his Los Angeles-based agent, told the Insider. “We’ll see how the next few weeks play out.”

Motzkin declined to identify the interested parties and wouldn’t speculate about Adu’s chances of sticking with Benfica this season, although another loan seems likely. It’s clear, however, he won’t return to Rizespor, the Turkish second-division club that missed out on promotion. (Had the team moved into the top flight, he might’ve stayed.)

Adu’s willingness to play for a largely anonymous club proved that he’s been humbled by his difficult experiences and is committed to rebuilding his career away from the limelight. And Adu’s Gold Cup performances, as a second-half catalyst against Panama in the semifinals and an influential starter against Mexico in the final, probably boosted his stock in Europe.

“It speaks volumes about his growth as a player and as a person,” Motzkin said of the Gold Cup effort. “But it has to be kept in perspective; it’s one small step. I give [U.S. Coach] Bob Bradley a lot of credit for taking that risk and giving him the chance.”

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