Written by Will Parchman


You may think you know Freddy Adu. The former DCU wonderkid’s been on a bizarre odyssey through team after team over the past 11 years. Fair to say we at least have a cursory handle on his career, if not his temperament.

A Redditor added a chapter to the unfolding saga this week with, unquestionably, the greatest intern-meets-player story of all time. Just read. Happy weekend.

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Written by Will Parchman

Philadelphia Union washout Freddy Adu is still playing soccer. At the ripe age of 25, Adu signed for his 11th club in 11 years in his eighth different country last weekend. The club: KuPS in rural Finland, a club that never saw Adu play in person before it signed him. Sounds about right.

But what really matters is that during his official introduction in Kuopio, his entry to the sparsely populated press conference was preceded by a cock crow. You know, like it was back on ma and pa’s farm. In the good old days. I can find no evidence of the rooster being involved with the club in any way, which of course. Also, please note the press officer’s red pants. OK? Noted.

Adu proceeds to sit through six minutes of presumably unintelligible Finnish before uttering his first words: “Thank you very much. It’s good to be here.” Indeed.

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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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Written by Jahmal Corner

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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Written by Jahmal Corner

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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