The Freddy Adu catchall thread

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

  1. DisgustinJustin

    Sep 26, 2013
    How many 8-10 year olds have a clue who Adu is? Parents would have to tell their kids the story, and if it’s honest, it’s sad.
     
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  2. felloveranddidanadu

    Plymouth Argyle
    Dec 12, 2009
    San Francisco
    Club:
    San Jose Frogs
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well given his gristly history with coaches, I'd be worry about a freak accident or death if he were coaching my kid...jk
     
  3. ChrisSSBB

    ChrisSSBB Member+

    Jun 22, 2005
    NV
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    When coaching youth, I found kids really responded when bringing in a guest trainer. Someone who played at a higher level and was more skillful than me. Helped them work on technique, see some new things, etc. Looks like Freddy is doing some private training.
     
  4. mikef620

    mikef620 Member

    Dec 22, 2013
    Club:
    2 de Mayo
    Guess his playing career is officially over at 29.
     
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  5. Master O

    Master O Member+

    Jul 7, 2006
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #5230 Master O, Apr 19, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2019
    Adu is the poster child for all-time failure as a US soccer player. He should be held up as a warning to all future US soccer players not to emulate his career.
     
  6. falvo

    falvo Member+

    Mar 27, 2005
    San Jose & Florence
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Is he officially retired yet?
     
  7. a_new_fan

    a_new_fan BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Jul 6, 2006
    I am still holding out hope he'll tell us how old he really is
     
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  8. An Unpaved Road

    An Unpaved Road Member+

    Mar 22, 2006
    Club:
    --other--
    14 and hoping to follow in the footsteps of his boyhood idol Christian Pulisic.
     
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  9. 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
    They might be his classmate
     
  10. Rahbiefowlah

    Rahbiefowlah Member+

    Oct 22, 2001
    Las Vegas
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  11. Rahbiefowlah

    Rahbiefowlah Member+

    Oct 22, 2001
    Las Vegas
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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
  13. MarioKempes

    MarioKempes Member+

    Real Madrid, DC United
    Aug 3, 2000
    Raleigh, NC
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Hey Freddy has played at Monaco and Benfica. I could only dream of failing so badly. He was overhyped and overrated, and it wasn't his fault. But he still played for some big clubs. Good for him!
     
  14. Roger Allaway

    Roger Allaway Member+

    Apr 22, 2009
    Warminster, Pa.
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Freddy is the poster boy for what can happen to a talented kid when he is told by adults that he's the most wonderful thing ever before he is mature enough to handle such praise.
     
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  15. ChrisSSBB

    ChrisSSBB Member+

    Jun 22, 2005
    NV
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think he also lacked the engine for the senior level. It isn’t something everyone can attain. Certainly he could have worked harder at that aspect but probably didn’t come as easy for him as most at the level he was trying to compete at.
     
  16. diablodelsol

    diablodelsol Member+

    Jan 10, 2001
    North Ridgeville, OH
    He is the poster child for what happens when, to paraphrase his Monaco coach Ricardo (?), “steps in his footballing education [are] skipped”
     
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  17. striker

    striker Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    It wasn't totally his fault.
     
  18. MarioKempes

    MarioKempes Member+

    Real Madrid, DC United
    Aug 3, 2000
    Raleigh, NC
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Freddy is a good kid with a lot of talent, but who lacked grit. His career had two points of failure. The first was at Monaco. Benfica were happy with his development, but decided to loan him out to Monaco in 2008. His coach and supporter Ricardo Gomes left Monaco and went back to Brazil in May 2009, and then Freddy went back to Benfica. If only he had made the most of his time at Monaco! That's when things really started to go wrong for him. He lost his drive. A couple of years later he's playing for Caykur Rizespor in Turkey's second division and doing well. He helped them to gain promotion to the first division. Sadly, he went back to MLS instead of staying in Turkey, and that's when his career went on life support. If only he had stuck it out in Turkey!! He needed some David Goggins in him! [google it]
     
  19. Gilma1990

    Gilma1990 Member+

    Jul 30, 2015
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    What about some Walton Goggins??
     
  20. MarioKempes

    MarioKempes Member+

    Real Madrid, DC United
    Aug 3, 2000
    Raleigh, NC
    Club:
    Real Madrid
     
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  21. RolandLGIII

    RolandLGIII Member

    Feb 22, 2018
    Maine, USA
    I hope he puts some real effort into helping youth players and finds joy doing it.
     
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  22. xbhaskarx

    xbhaskarx Member+

    Feb 13, 2010
    NorCal
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Imagine paying good money to let Freddy Adu influence your kids... I'm gonna copy-paste a comment I just made elsewhere:


    I think everyone from that 2012 Olympic qualifying team (Adujello, Shrek Bray, Dix Mixerud, etc.) got f***ed up by being around the original f*ckup Freddy Adu. I'm not even joking. Dude was the freaking CAPTAIN, how braindead is that... I remember on social media at the time guys like Juan and Mix all became good buddies with Adu... Not only did they fail to qualify for the Olympics but pretty much the entire roster turned into underachievers.

    https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/20...l-roster-for-2012-concacaf-olympic-qualifying
     
  23. 50/50 Ball

    50/50 Ball Member+

    Sep 6, 2006
    USA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Adu got to live the dream. If he'd been in a car crash after the U20 WC or after hit that big switch against Mexico etc.

    He wasn't a star but putting food on the table for a decade plus playing a game ain't bad.
     
  24. An Unpaved Road

    An Unpaved Road Member+

    Mar 22, 2006
    Club:
    --other--
    I'll always remember him fondly for Gold Cup '11 alone. There was a brief second there when the promise looked like reality. :p
     
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  25. DisgustinJustin

    Sep 26, 2013
    Interesting thought. But I’ll vote that they were all over-hyped by fans and media. And therefore they looked liked failures. In the end, they just weren’t as good as we were made to believe - or that a Stoke City contract implied.
     

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