Category: Freddy Adu

Freddy Adu given opportunity to salvage his career at Tampa Bay Rowdies

Freddy Adu’s career trajectory has gone off the rails in the past few years. The one-time American prodigy who was compared to the greats of the game at a young age has cycled through club after club all over the globe during the past eight years. Adu hasn’t been capped for the US Men’s National Team since 2011. A move to Thomas Rongen’s Tampa Bay Rowdies seems like a last-ditch effort to salvage Adu’s waning career. Playing in the second tier of American soccer, Tampa Bay is an ambitious club whose marketing prowess and spending on players is unrivaled outside ... Read more

How Freddy Adu is adapting to the latest chapter of his soccer career

Freddy Adu’s signing with Finnish team Kuopion Palloseura (KuPS) was supposed to rejuvenate his ailing career. It was a move that was supposed to remove the haters and critics, and once again put them on the side of support. That has not happened. Four months since signing with his eleventh club, KuPS, Adu is nearing the exit door. Although the club haven’t said his time is nearly up, their actions have spoken loudly. Unfit and unable to even make the bench for KuPS, Adu has found himself in the team’s reserve squad. The club’s reserve team, Kuopio Futis-98 (KuFu), currently ... Read more

In Defense of Freddy Adu and Other USMNT Thoughts

My name is Robert Hay, and I am a fan of Freddy Adu. That statement has for years been quite controversial, as the young American has been the center of much discussion of the failures of American soccer.  We hype them too young!  We don’t develop our own talent!  Don’t let players like Agudelo and Bunbury get Adu’ed!  No one who plays in the Turkish (or Danish or Swedish) second division deserves media coverage!  If he truly cared about his career then he’d play in the states and turn down the easy paycheck! While the spotlight had turned away from ... Read more

Five US Players I Want to See in MLS

The news that Wolves and U.S. national team keeper Marcus Hahnemann is open to retuning to MLS in 2011 got me thinking about other Americans abroad.  As the MLS has matured in a good and competitive soccer league, it is no longer absurd to think a world-class player could play in MLS.  This is true of younger players who are the future of the USMNT and may want to be close to the coaching staff to increase their chances of making the squad.  And, as we have seen with some of the designated player signings, MLS is a good location ... Read more

23 Americans to South Africa

In the next few days, USMNT Coach Bob Bradley will begin showing his cards and send out invitations to 28-30 players to join his camp in Princeton later this month.  Before those invitations go out, it is time for all the fans, pundits and blowhards to pipe in with our opinions on which 23 lucky souls should be on the plane to South Africa.  So, without further ado, and with no Freddy Adu … here is my list: Forwards – 4 Jozy Altidore Brian Ching Herculez Gomez Edson Buddle There is no thinner portion of the US team, made unfortunately ... Read more

Freddy Adu and Aris: One Last Chance at Glory?

Published reports out of Europe and the United States today indicate that Freddy Adu is headed to Aris Salonika FC, the leading club in Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki. (Although currently PAOK is performing better than Aris in the Greek Super League) Once again, Adu has managed to find himself transferred to a well supported club with a history of making European continental competitions. Much like Adu’s moves to Benfica and Monaco, Aris is a well respected club that has taken a chance on the American youngster. But questions continue to linger about Adu’s overall quality. While his technical skill ... Read more

Twitter and the American Footballer

Jozy Altidore made headlines last week for the wrong reasons with his Twitter outburst after inexplicably showing up late to a match. This saw the striker, who is on his fourth club in fifteen months, suspended. Altidore’s skill set may be impressive but his body of work both at the club level and as an international is hardly Premiership caliber, at this point. Hull took a flier on Altidore based largely on potential and perhaps an impressive goal against Spain this summer. The player should be thankful he has an opportunity at such a young age to play Premier League ... Read more

CONCACAF Gold Cup : Players To Watch

With the Confederations Cup now behind the USMNT, the Gold Cup is on the horizon. Sure, plenty of people have issues with the tournament. Many would like to see the region’s championship every 4 years rather than bianually. The continental powers take the tournament more seriously when a Confed Cup spot is up for grabs. Nonetheless, it’s a perfect time for teams like El Salvador, smaller countries which don’t get play in big matches often. El Salvador can use this time to build their confidence, playing against a Costa Rican side, likely to play in their third consecutive World Cup. ... Read more