Freddy Adu in Japan! (with Video)

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by DaMarcus the Hoosier, Aug 28, 2002.

  1. DaMarcus the Hoosier

    Jun 14, 2002
    Well, not actually in Japan, but on Japanese TV.

    Having lived in Japan for a while some years back (before the World Cup, etc.), I usually watch Fuji News on the International Channel before I head out to work. And imagine the shock as they have a special report from North Carolina about Freddy Adu! And not even during the sports segment of the program -- it was during the "news" segment!

    Nothing earthshaking, but it does contain heretofore unseen (as far as I know) video of the mythical Freddy in action as well as some interview snippets. Most revealing: he used to get really upset when people questioned his age, but now he just takes it as a compliment. The Fuji News crew filmed him during a day of training with the U-17s vs. some college-age players, and unfortunately during their day of shooting did not catch any unbelievable moves by Freddy, oh well.

    Still, this was the LAST thing I expected to see this morning!

    Click down to "Click here to view FNN coverage of a 13-year-old rising soccer star from Ghana who is a member of the U.S. under-17 team." and you can watch a ram video (probably in Japanese, but his interview snippets are in English with Japanese subtitles).

    (Oh yeah, just as some subtext, Fuji News swings toward the local Fox news coverage in the US (at least for where I live) in that in frequently gives extensive news coverage to sensationalistic stories and nonsense "non-events." As a recent example, they have devoted upwards of 5 minutes (think about how often a news story gets FIVE minutes of coverage here - rarely) each day to the story of a seal living in local river.)
  2. BerwynBlazers

    BerwynBlazers Member

    Jul 23, 2001
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  3. Delta Blues

    Delta Blues New Member

    Jun 25, 1999
    King Willieville
    I wonder who he'll challenge? Chen, Sakai or Morimoto?
  4. bojendyk

    bojendyk New Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    South Loop, Chicago
    Thanks for posting this! It's great to actually get the visuals.

    It's tough to get a wel-balanced view of the kid from just a few minutes of footage of a practice, but what they show is pretty impressive. The kid can dribble! If he can finish too, then maybe he really is worth the hype. I see nothing here to suggest otherwise.
  5. PaulGascoigne

    PaulGascoigne Member

    Feb 5, 2001
    Which one can cook FooFoo, Accara, and groundnut soup? They need a W. African specialist.
  6. dogbyte

    dogbyte New Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Los Angeles
    This kid has serious game. Damn. 4 years from now, he will be 17, and alot better too. If he pans out, he should get a shot at the Ronaldo spot on the 1994 roster. Ronaldo didn't get to play, but did soak up the atmosphere.
  7. Stogey23

    Stogey23 Member+

    Dec 12, 1998
    San Diego, CA
    Damn, great catch!
  8. peledre

    peledre Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Sioux Falls, SD
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The kid has got some skills. Plus he sounds American, make him a citizen already!
  9. DaMarcus the Hoosier

    Jun 14, 2002
    Yeah, that was one thing that kind of took me off-guard -- despite only having been in the country a few years (I'm sure someone knows how long), you would be hard-pressed to tell any difference in his English from any other kid his age. Shows the power of how quickly people can learn and adapt to a new area when they are at a young age.

    Of course, somebody could prove me wrong -- Do people in Ghana in general or Freddy's family specifically operate in an English-speaking environment? Other than their success at the youth level in past years, I am clearly showing that I know next to nothing about the country (sorry!).

    The other thing that was nice to hear is how humble and soft-spoken he appears to be. That it has any bearing on how well he can play soccer, but giving the pressure that is/may well be placed upon him, I'm sure being humble will be a big advantage...
  10. dark knight

    dark knight Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    Leicester City FC
    Any chance this will be replayed tonight?
  11. JMU Soccer!

    JMU Soccer! New Member

    Jul 19, 1999
    Speaking from having a brother in the Peace Corp who was stationed in Ghana for two years, as well as having met many Ghanians. I can say Yes, it is an English Speaking Environment. They also speak Twee, a native dialect to their country.

    My brother and his wife own a cat named "Onte" which means, "He who does not listen." in Twee.
  12. Freestyle2000

    Freestyle2000 Moderator

    Feb 6, 2000
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    I've seen Adu play at the youth club level (this past June), and he is worth the hype, especially for a 13-year-old.

    He can finish, though it's not the strongest part of his game. He played a withdrawn forward type when I saw him, and reminded me of a bit more forceful Jaime Moreno (NOT in skill level - he's just 13, remember).

    He'll be really, really good in three or four years. One of the best young U.S. talents ever.

  13. DaMarcus the Hoosier

    Jun 14, 2002
    This was on the Wednesday morning Fuji News shown on the International Channel (10AM EST, 7AM EST), which features a digest of the Wednesday evening news from Tokyo (i.e. given the time zone differences, a few hours delay, probably enough to get the Japanese translated to English and ready for subtitles). Chance of it being replayed tomorrow on Fuji News is nil, as they do not do rebroadcasts, at least on the International Channel.
  14. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
    VB, VA
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That worked great in the '98 final game. :)
  15. dark knight

    dark knight Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    Leicester City FC
    I'd rather he take the Pele spot.
  16. MarioKempes

    MarioKempes Member+

    Real Madrid, DC United, anywhere Pulisic plays
    Aug 3, 2000
    Raleigh, NC
    Real Madrid
    This kid is good and is going to get better.
    Still, it's very early, and he may not turn out to be a star. Many a player has looked good as a youth but sputtered out in later years.

    If I were a betting man, though, I'd expect to see him on the 2010 team.
  17. mattgabe

    mattgabe Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Blacksburg, VA
    Here's a question: if he's not a US citizen, how can he play on the US U-17s?

    Also, he's a pretty mature 13 -- big and well-spoken. He seems a bit older than that (but probably not much). Then again, maybe I just grew up with a bunch of especially immature dorks... ;)
  18. LoveFifa

    LoveFifa New Member

    Apr 23, 2001
    Detroit, Michigan
    No way in hell that kid is thirteen. 16 probably. He would have to be on some form of Human Growth Hormone to be that developed at thirteen.

    And, no, I'm not knocking him. Just pointing out an observation. I hope he is everything and then some. We can use a superstar.
  19. flanoverseas

    flanoverseas New Member

    Mar 2, 2002
    He doesn't play any sanctioned matches.
  20. capt. america

    capt. america Member

    Oct 5, 2001
    Boston, MA
    holy crap, kaiser soze does exist!
  21. odg78

    odg78 Member

    Feb 14, 2001
    North Carolina
    Can we please not turn this into yet another "How old is Freddy" thread?
  22. skydog

    skydog Member+

    Aug 1, 1999
    Durham, NC
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    This kid appears to have the whole package - athleticism, skill, soccer savvy, and emotional maturity. There is one dribbling sequence in the middle of that tape that was positively Pele'esque. His ability to shift directions and accelerate with the ball glued to his feet make him a lock to have high level success, barring serious injuries. This is not a case of a big, fast, athletic kid dominating at the youth level (a la AJ Wood) who is likely to lose his advantage when he reaches the next level. Freddy WILL be the next US superstar!
  23. mattgabe

    mattgabe Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Blacksburg, VA
    Meaning what? He can't, for example, play in the U-17 World Championship or such tourneys?
  24. dark knight

    dark knight Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    Leicester City FC
    Not until he's a citizen.
  25. dark knight

    dark knight Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    Leicester City FC

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