The Freddy Adu catchall thread

Discussion in 'USA Men' started by Blustar, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Deportivo Wanka, Semen Padang, Dinamo Bender, Fotballaget Fart
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He's scored just as many goals and made just as many appearances as Christian Pulisic has in 2019!
     
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  2. ttrevett

    ttrevett Member+

    Apr 2, 2002
    Atlanta, GA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This thread must by now have reached the Pantheon of All-Time BigSoccer Threads deserved of a place in Valhalla. Am I wrong? Can some old timer think of one more deserving?
     
  3. Paul Berry

    Paul Berry Member+

    Notts County and NYCFC
    England
    Apr 18, 2015
    Beacon NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    My point was actually that saying you've seen someone in a chip shop is a bit of a gag.
     
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  4. aveslacker

    aveslacker Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Apr 2, 2006
    Near Kamar-Taj
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yank Kid at Torino?
     
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  5. ebbro

    ebbro Member+

    Jun 10, 2005
    That was the first, and only, thread that came to mind for me.
     
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  6. rocketeer22

    rocketeer22 Member+

    Apr 11, 2000
    Oakton,VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    USL transfer tracker states he is out of contract but negotiating new deal.
     
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  7. Rahbiefowlah

    Rahbiefowlah Member+

    Oct 22, 2001
    Las Vegas
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  8. song219

    song219 BigSoccer Supporter

    Apr 5, 2004
    La Norte
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Vanuatu
    It wasn't Adu who was a joke. It was the American fans who put the savior of American soccer burden on him who was the joke.
     
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  9. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    That joke has continued for 10 years. Overhyping players when they're barely starting is as American as apple pie (which was actually invented in England).
     
  10. Paul Berry

    Paul Berry Member+

    Notts County and NYCFC
    England
    Apr 18, 2015
    Beacon NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The English invented wrapping fruit in pastry?
     
  11. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Looks like they took a break from wrapping mashed liver in pastry.
     
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  12. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Deportivo Wanka, Semen Padang, Dinamo Bender, Fotballaget Fart
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Freddy Adu started it all?

    :confused:
     
  13. Paul Berry

    Paul Berry Member+

    Notts County and NYCFC
    England
    Apr 18, 2015
    Beacon NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Considering Tyler was 4 years-old when Freddy signed for DC United it's quite possible, yes.
     
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  14. diablodelsol

    diablodelsol Member+

    Jan 10, 2001
    North Ridgeville, OH
    It’s nice to see that Adams has the self awareness to recognize the fact that at this point in his career he hasn’t accomplished anything more than Adu had at a similar time. That humility should serve him well.
     
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  15. ChrisSSBB

    ChrisSSBB Member+

    Jun 22, 2005
    NV
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    All I know is that Freddy needs to find a team. I have been more impressed with his doggedness at remaining a pro soccer player during these lean times than his early glory days. Go Freddy!
     
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  16. Roger Allaway

    Roger Allaway Member+

    Apr 22, 2009
    Warminster, Pa.
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Sure. That was the second great idea Isaac Newton had that day.
     
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  17. Rahbiefowlah

    Rahbiefowlah Member+

    Oct 22, 2001
    Las Vegas
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    Transfer tracker has been sitting there like that for a month.

    Incidentally, now you know where Eric Avila plays.
     
  18. CeltTexan

    CeltTexan Member+

    Sep 21, 2000
    Houston, TX USA
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If I can recall back in the day, there was the long standing thread of "When will American Soccer arrive?" and that thread was around and trafficked often before the '01 Hex.
     
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  19. Paul Berry

    Paul Berry Member+

    Notts County and NYCFC
    England
    Apr 18, 2015
    Beacon NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Freddy wasn't the only underwhelming first draft pick, though things seem to have picked up recently.

    2005 – Nikolas Besagno: 8 MLS appearances
    2006 – Marvell Wynne: 5 caps in an 11 year MLS career
    2007 – Maurice Edu: played for Rangers and Stoke
    2008 – Chance Myers: 8 years at RSL but unemployed since 2017
    2009 – Steve Zakuani: retired at 26 due to injury
    2010 – Danny Mwanga: unemployed at 27
    2011 – Omar Salgado: El Paso's #1 signing
    2012 – Andrew Wenger: retired at 28
    2013 – Andrew Farrell: Revs starting center-back
    2014 – Andre Blake: starting keeper at the Union
    2015 – Cyle Larin: 3 goals in 10 Europa League appearances this season
    2016 – Jack Harrison: perma-loan until an EFL team will fork out $5M
    2017 – Abu Danladi MLS Rookie of the Year 2017, injury plagued in 2018
    2018 – João Moutinho transferred to Orlando after 9 appearances for LAFC
     
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  20. Rahbiefowlah

    Rahbiefowlah Member+

    Oct 22, 2001
    Las Vegas


    Here’s a perspective read. Make
    yourself a PB&J. The pre-Pele, pre-Campbell Soup days.

    Think about the kids that we have now, all around the world. I can’t even name every 16-year old we have at Bayern. There’s a dozen kids a year offered what Freddy was back then in 2002-2003 famously by Inter. How naively we shoved him into the euro grinding wheel 16 years ago.

    I happen to think Freddy was pretty good and we ruined him. Nothing more or less. And his legacy is partially who comes now and how (relatively) easily they manage their come-up.
     
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  21. Giggsy1986

    Giggsy1986 BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Jan 27, 2014
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    In my opinion if he had taken the 500,000 Inter offered him when he was 12 we would be talking about Freddy as being one of our best players ever.

    Inter would have protected him from 13-18 and he would of had to develop a work ethic.
     
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  22. ttrevett

    ttrevett Member+

    Apr 2, 2002
    Atlanta, GA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    OMG, I've finally cracked the mystery behind what happened to Freddy:

    " In an attempt to connect Freddy with mentors, IMG has also set up hang time for him with Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams, retired track legend Michael Johnson and soccer star Clint Mathis."
     
  23. owian

    owian Member+

    May 17, 2002
    San Diego
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Maybe I'm just old but I would credit Harkes or Ramos for starting it all (representing 'merica in Europe.)
     
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  24. Paul Berry

    Paul Berry Member+

    Notts County and NYCFC
    England
    Apr 18, 2015
    Beacon NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Harkes in England definitely.
     
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  25. Rahbiefowlah

    Rahbiefowlah Member+

    Oct 22, 2001
    Las Vegas
    Wynalda in Germany, Tab in Spain, yep. Agree on Harkes.

    I think for a generation of young players today, their consciousness of Freddy as a role model was the start of the idea of American soccer players being global stars, even though it hasn’t reached actualization yet. Or is barely starting to.
     
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