Adu making forward progress for D.C

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  1. hala-cosmos

    hala-cosmos Member

    Apr 15, 2003
    "...they have already lost more matches at RFK Stadium in 2005 than they did all of last season."

  2. Onionsack

    Onionsack BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Jul 21, 2003
    New York City
    FC Girondins de Bordeaux
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This article is a sham cause every DC fan knows Freddy can't play forward. :rolleyes:
  3. MattMathai

    MattMathai BigSoccer Supporter

    Jun 28, 2004

    And from everything I gather from some of the more hysterical postings, he can't play at all.
  4. RMDad

    RMDad New Member

    Nov 15, 2001
    Fredericksburg, Va.
    Yeah, from what I heard from some drunk next to me at the stadium Saaturday, Freddy can't play at all.
    Could'nt even make the local youth league.
    Must be nice to a better coach from the stands than the guy on the bench with the tie.
    Of course, we all know that anyone with the Metros has a errr, distortion of vision problem.
  5. Stan Collins

    Stan Collins Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Silver Spring, MD
    Clearly he can play forward, but it probably isn't his best position (notwithstanding this game), and I don't think he's a very good striker in MLS at the moment, meaning he's stuck behind Moreno when he's healthy.

    I don't think you can pull off playing them both unless you're going with 3 forwards. Neither one is a 'lives in the box and poaches goals' type player.
  6. JoeW

    JoeW New Member

    Apr 19, 2001
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I think the key to fairly evaluating Adu as a player right now is not to think he's either a good player or a bad player (or "the future" so he must play!). Rather, he's an incredibly young and raw player who in some areas is probably the best that DCU has with that skill, and in other areas/skills is not among our top 15 players. So when you put him on the field, you're talking about a kid who is very raw, can do some things brilliantly and a lot of things terribly and b/c he's young will be on or off at different times (young players are like that).

    As a forward, okay--he's got great close control, second only to Moreno on the team. His instincts in front of goal and his finishing ability might be the best on the team. But his movement off the ball (which is how you get open for chances against pros)--we've probably got 5-6 players who are better (I'd say: Gomez, Eskandarian, Moreno, Quaranta, Kovalenko, maybe Olsen). He's not going to win any air balls. He's easily muscled off the ball (which is a problem in tight space). He doesn't read the game well (and takes dives when he shouldn't, complains when he doesn't have credibility and allows physical play to throw him off his game and distract him). His decision-making is still inconsistent (sometimes holds when he should run at someone, dishes when he should shoot, dribbles at a packed defense when he should give it up or hold). Now he's gotten better at all of these things, but he's still pretty weak at most of them. So as a forward, I think Adu has a lot he brings to the table but has some gaping holes in his game.
  7. Hedbal

    Hedbal Member+

    Jul 31, 2000
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The rap on most American players is that they lack basic ball skills but compensate through fitness; situational awareness; positioning; and so on. Freddy is almost the direct opposite: he has mad ball skills, but is weak in reading the game and decision-making, as Joe W. correctly notes. The good news is that he can improve his weak areas through more time on the field and good coaching. In the past, even on US age-group teams, I suspect he could mask his weaknesses with his speed and ball skills, but in MLS they get exposed. Even though most of us agree that he plays better at A-mid than forward, I would contend that his weak areas are more of a problem in the midfield than up front, where skills and instincts are crucial.
  8. Billy Liar

    Billy Liar New Member

    Jul 11, 2004
    But he still can't dunk! ;)
  9. ursula

    ursula Member

    Feb 21, 1999
    Republic of Cascadia
    Drifting back beyond the midfield line and then running at players does not a forward make.

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