ADU: Benfica v Celtic 10/24 (R)

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  1. grassman

    grassman Member

    May 18, 2006
    Toronto
    Club:
    SL Benfica
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    Did anyone get that Freddy Adu Post game interview?
     
  2. Bizz

    Bizz Member

    Aug 19, 2003
    Needham, MA
    If Freddy can become close to the player that Messi is currently, I would do backflips. I love Freddy and his upside. But one off-tournament is hardly the litmus test for Messi's abilities. His performances subsequent to that should put to rest any concerns about his ability to be dangerous.

    Freddy's prior U-20 was a pretty bad one for him as well. It was hardly indicative of how well he would do at this most recent U-20 or as a professional.

    Freddy may be the best thing the US team has ever seen, but that still may not make him one of the best in the world. I believe Messi is one of the best players in the world. If Freddy could achieve that status, then the US should have many entertaining years ahead.
     
  3. Sweetness

    Sweetness Member

    Aug 27, 2007
    messi won the golden ball and gold boot while argentina won the entire tourney. he was absolutely dominant. adu played ok that tournament and had a very good tournament this summer, but was still nowhere near messi's level of unrivaled dominance.
     
  4. Sweetness

    Sweetness Member

    Aug 27, 2007
    again, see my above post.

    messi had one of the greatest tournaments ive seen in that u-20 tourney and won the golden ball and shoe...
     
  5. Sweetness

    Sweetness Member

    Aug 27, 2007
    obviously you don't understand my point of you use messi as an argument. not sure it will do much good responding considering the above response and the one before that.

    but even with messi, i think that he was more than ready for very significant before he got them. and i think he's may be a better player for not getting those minutes until he was more than ready for them. i think many players, rooney, walcott, etc were ready for much more significant pt than when they actually got it.
     
  6. Tone Capone

    Tone Capone Member

    Dec 6, 2005
    SF Bay
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
  7. Parkhead_Faithful

    Parkhead_Faithful New Member

    Dec 19, 2001
    Glasgow,Scotland
    Beating AC Milan wasnt stiffer competition?
     
  8. alocksley

    alocksley Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Burbank, CA
    My bad. That's a good result, even at home. What is it about Italian teams having a tough time in Scotland? Still, does this year's Celtic squad really inspire confidence in you? Be honest.
     
  9. Martin Fischer

    Martin Fischer Member+

    Feb 23, 1999
    Kampala. Uganda
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As one who thinks going to Europe being a good idea for a young player depends on the situation, Adu seems to have picked a perfect spot for him. Working into Champions League games in 30 minute increments is great progress and hopefuly just the start.

    It also adds good evidence to those that claim that Adu's lack of success in Utah was due to misuse and the lack of ability of the players around him.
     
  10. ugaaccountant

    ugaaccountant New Member

    Oct 26, 2003
    Adu does seem to explode when sorrounded by better players making better runs and understanding the game quicker. Maybe he really is that good mentally about the offensive side of the game.
     
  11. alocksley

    alocksley Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Burbank, CA
    On second thought, Milan have slipped to 11th place in Serie A, so they are not exactly lighting it up this season.
     
  12. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    Messi is a great player, no doubt. But Freddy can be potentially at that level or even higher. For sure? No. But his skill and creativity is at an almost unlimited level.
     
  13. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
  14. FC Tallavana

    FC Tallavana Member+

    Jul 1, 2004
    La Quinta


    Spector was not 18 years and 11 months as reported in this blog. He was born in March 1986 and played against Fenerbahce in December of 2004.
     
  15. judodono

    judodono Member

    Jun 14, 2005
    Bay Area, Ca.
    Club:
    --other--
    please stop with the Adu vs. Messi comparisons. It's embarassing to the rest of us US soccer fans.
     
  16. pokemoncards

    pokemoncards New Member

    Aug 17, 2003
    aww
     
  17. Prawn Sandwich

    Oct 1, 2003
    Bhutan
    Article in the british press yesterday about the manner in which Wenger has managed Walcott since he joined Arsenal

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/li...all.html?in_article_id=489540&in_page_id=1779
     
  18. aveslacker

    aveslacker Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Apr 2, 2006
    Near Kamar-Taj
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  19. novastar400

    novastar400 New Member

    Apr 17, 2006
    Texas, USA
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    After reading the article, it was very interesting in how it was saying Walcott was not focusing on the business side of the sport, just football... This is something that I feel has definitely affected Freddy, signing with Nike at such a young age and getting the exposure he has gotten... On one hand, I tend to think that young Adu has handled the media very well and is very media savvy, but on the other hand, people were scrutinizing his every move and writing him off before he even reached the age of 18... crazy if you ask me, but I just feel that he didn't get the opportunity to develop the way he needed to at such a young, so much speculation, but I feel he's in a great situation right now and we are already starting to see the fruits of Benfica's labor with him after only a couple of months... Granted he's not starting, but I feel he's definitely on the right course to become a great player... Only time will though...
     
  20. Reignking

    Reignking Member

    Feb 16, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You mean Adu couldn't learn from great players like Eski, or some of the RSL midfielders that I couldn't even name?

    That is a great article for this discussion...patience, my friend!
     
  21. aveslacker

    aveslacker Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Apr 2, 2006
    Near Kamar-Taj
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    But that's the point: for his physical and mental development, he probably ought to not be starting right now. It appears that Benfica is looking at him like one for the future, and us USMNT fans should be doing the same thing. His time will come.

    In any event, you're right: Adu could really become a great player.
     
  22. mschofield

    mschofield Member+

    May 16, 2000
    Berlin
    Club:
    Union Berlin
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    Wegner's clearly a fool. If only he'd hang out here, he'd understand how to build up young talent.
     
  23. Prawn Sandwich

    Oct 1, 2003
    Bhutan
    LOL - I think it's worth remembering that the article differentiates between Walcott and other players of the same age. Fabregas and Rooney have blossomed with first team football from a young age, others not so much
     
  24. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    An old favorite of mine, from my BS youth {May 2006, pre-WC} ...

    http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=349844

    Arena v. Eriksson: Analysis of Squad and Reflection on Coaching Acumen, Style

    From NBlue's thread-starting post:

    "Obviously, the news of the day is SGE's selection of his 23 including the 17 year-old youngster with all kinds of potential, Theo Walcott. http://www.rte.ie/sport/2006/0508/england.html

    Although another thread was locked for consideration of Walcott v. Adu (and I think rightly so -- think of the kittens) I think this news should allow a look to the managerial styles and predilictions of Arena v. Sven and perform a review of their squad selection with an eye on how it will help their teams perform at the World Cup.

    ....

    **********

    I argued then and still believe that Adu should have been on Arena's 2006 squad, but it was SGE who rolled the dice with Walcott.
     
  25. Reignking

    Reignking Member

    Feb 16, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Absolutely. We, collectively, know much more, right?
     

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