Report: Adu to play in Randers reserve match with hope of landing contract (UPDATED)

Freddy Adu 4 (Reuters)

Freddy Adu could soon land at a new club, but not for its first team.

According to Danish outlet Sporten, Adu will play for Randers in a reserve tournament game tonight and could end up with a contract with the club should he impress. He is expected to play in the last three games of the tournament for Randers, who he has been training with in order to stay in shape. 

Should Adu join the club, he would play for the reserves as he has been deemed not fit enough to play at the Superliga (Denmark's top flight) level, according to Randers' chief scout Peter Cristiansen.

Even if Adu impresses, there is a road block to him signing with Randers. Currently he is on loan to Aris Salonika from Benfica, but the former has found no use for him this season. Benfica could let Adu go out on loan, but not until the winter transfer window opens in January. There is also a chance Adu could sign with Randers on a free transfer.

(UPDATE- Adu started, played 90 minutes and hit the post twice in Randers reserves' 4-0 loss to Viborg. According to club trainer Michael Winther, Adu looked good for the first 60-70 minutes before losing some steam.)

What do you think of Adu possibly landing a deal with Randers? Surprised he'd start off with the reserves? Just happy to see another club willing to take a chance on him? Should Benfica just release him?

Share your thoughts below.

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145 Responses to Report: Adu to play in Randers reserve match with hope of landing contract (UPDATED)

  1. CILII_blog says:

    Dear Adu,

    Try a little harder.



  2. Eric says:

    Does he have to retire if this doesn’t work out? I mean, no way anyone in MLS is going to pick him up at the salary he’d demand.

  3. mancyankcosmosrank says:

    Dear Adu,

    Stop cheaply giving the ball away,

    that means put some muscle on those lovely bones.



  4. Im a huge freddy adu sympathizer but freddy.. it time to come back man. Lower your salary demands.. your not good enough for the salary your asking for.. take a slice of humble pie and get your career back on track..

  5. CrispyST3 says:

    I think that he should just come back to MLS. Reserve team for Randers? Not very good. Come back to MLS and resurrect his career like Donovan and Convey did. He’s still 21 so he has alot of time to get back to top form. It’s not a bad thing to go back to where you started to get where you want to be at. Robinho went back to brazil for a bit. Adu should come and play for LA, NY, C-bus, or even Seattle.

  6. dena says:

    Kinda looks like someone is about to take Adu out in that picture, watch out now!

  7. MLS says:


    Try something else because obviously what you have been doing since you left the states is not working out. Seems like this is your last chance to make it in Europe, try really hard.

  8. papi grande says:

    …..and the story of the once prodigious freddy adu gets more and more sad. i often wonder if we (fans, media, etc.) contributed to this steady decline with our outrageous expectations of a just turned teenage boy when freddy hit the scene. or is this another case of an athlete that just is not willing to put in the work to reach his potential. i will leave that for all of you to discuss….

  9. werner says:

    I still think he has potential.

    He needs some a dose of humbleness and the right people to get him back on track!

  10. fischy says:

    The news of Adu being unfit comes as a total surprise. I thought he was getting in a lot of action with FIFA ’11.

  11. fischy says:

    Seriously, though. The answer is: both

  12. Chicago - Scott says:

    He needs to spend a couple years in the MLS… so much potential here.

  13. Bill says:

    I would love to know what ‘his problem’ is. He’s not over-hyped (well..ok, he is. But, he has real talent). So, what happened? A prima-donna? Lost the motivation? DC United punted him to Salt Lake. He paniced/rushed a deal with Benfica (a team, THEN, loaded with midfielders/fowards with amazing talent – they added more after he showed up). He played a few games..scored 4 goals. Coach change and he was down the list of options. He gets impatient, goes to AS Monaco (rides the pine) – they don’t want him. Comes back to portugal, they off him to a ‘feeder team’ to benfica (THEY DONT WANT HIM). Then goes to Greece and plays a handful of games…over time. Less games, not more – coaches apparently don’t like his ‘effort’. Now, benfica still own his rights, dont want him, aris doesn’t want him and he’s training with a reserve team in denmark? No offense, but wow – is he a cancer in the locker room?

    Does anyone know the ‘real story’? Some interview(s) by ex-players/coaches?

  14. fischy says:

    Lower his demands? Take some humble pie? He’s going through an extended tryout with a reserve team to try and get a deal with a team in Denmark…. How much lower should he aim?

  15. KCB says:

    The real question is, would anybody in MLS want him? He has a better chance of joining a USL-Pro team at this point.

  16. werner says:

    Ives what would be a a reasonable Salary for Adu in MLS?

  17. Second City says:

    Adu: still the youngest looking 30 year old in US Soccer history.

  18. Bo Jangles says:

    What is that green thing on his head?

  19. some sort of soccer Predator has his sights on him.

  20. Dylan says:

    When can we stop talking about Adu and focus on some of the young talent who might possibly have a future?

  21. dman says:

    ….is he in Fifa 11 cause I can’t find him

  22. Lost in Space says:

    At this point he just needs to make someones roster. I don’t care if its a reserve team or a first team in Denmark, Findland, etc…

    He’s got to change his attitude and put in the work required/demanded by the coaches. He needs to actually work hard for the team and not just for his own glory.

    Only once he gets full team action and proves to have changed his ways will I care to ever hear from him.

  23. Illmatic74 says:

    Everyone is overthinking this. The reason why Adu hasn’t found success he is simply not good enough. Yes he is a great dribbler,Yes he has shown plenty of flashes of great passing ability but, he is also slow, small, weak, a defensive liability and makes porr decisions on the ball. The fact that he was so succesful on the youth level does not gurrantee sucess on hte senior level. In the 2003 u-17 World Cup Cesc Fabregas was tied in the lead of most goals in the tournament. Who was he tied with? Carlos Hidalgo and Manuel Curto. Adu finished with 4 goals that tournament playing with guys like Jamie Watson, Steven Curfman and Gueilermo Gonzalez. Like in basketball Demetrius Walker was the #1 ranked 8th grader averaged 4 points a game at Arizona State before transfering.

  24. WK says:

    poor freddy- a 3 game tryout to make a reserve side for a danish team. that sounds like plenty of humble pie to me. maybe over the rest of this season he’ll really focus on those aspects of his game that are lacking (fitness & strength, bad giveaways, defense, etc) and get his pride- and mojo back.

  25. RK says:

    This would be great news…for a 16 year old.

  26. CrispyST3 says:

    He’ll probably be in the international selections

  27. john.q says:

    it’s the Twitter implant he got inside of his brain! he got it so he can update his Twitter more often, quicker.
    In fact that’s what he’s doing in the pic. When it glows green its refreshing.

  28. Adam M. says:

    Adu needs to change positions. Given his physical limitations, he simply isn’t good enough an offensive player to be a striker or attacking mid in a good league. But can he retool his game to play and attack minded left or right back? If I was an MLS manager willing to give him some time, I’d strongly consider testing that option.

  29. Chicago - Scott says:

    I’m sure most MLS teams would love to have him.

  30. Chicago - Scott says:

    This is one of the dumbest suggestions I have heard in awhile… if you need me to explain, just ask, otherwise I won’t waste my time.

  31. KenC says:

    HGH and EPO, try it, that’s what the top clubs in Spain use to build strength and endurance.


  32. Chicago - Scott says:

    This was for Adam M. up there ^^^^^^

  33. hbh says:

    If Castillo can be a DP, I’m sure Freddy can be bought by some MLS club under a regular, non-DP salary.

    If only he wouldn’t be a stubborn fool about coming back, his career might be on course again…

  34. Joe says:

    Try really hard, do really good.

  35. Idaho Brian says:

    If he could eventually get up with the first team, Randers would not be the worst place to end up, (it might be interesting to hear of a Movsisyan and Adu combination). However, I couldn’t agree more with some of the previous comments…I think the best thing for Freddy to get his grove back is to come back to MLS for a few years, (ala Donovan, Convey, Casey, Borchers, etc). I honestly believe there would be some teams interested in signing him if the price was right.

  36. I agree with those saying he needs to come back to MLS…. I wrote about this a while back: link to

  37. earthquakesfan says:

    aajajajjajajajajajajajjajajajaja freddy awho

  38. CrispyST3 says:

    Haha. Seriously, i was reading it and i thought he was gna say, “an attacking minded left winger” which still woulda been dumb cuz wingers are attacking minded, but then he hits me with the LEFT BACK. Oh man……

  39. billy says:


  40. Mat says:

    Adu will not let go of his lucrative contract till it expires…can you blame him?
    He clearly fooled the scouts in Europe, in large part thanks to the US media that hyped him up as some prodigal talent, when, if you really looked at his MLS play, was not all the case (he never really impressed in MLS to be frank).
    So an average young player receives a huge contract. Of course he fails to impress all the coaches, because he’s just not a very good player. So he bounces from team to team to team.
    The story of your average talented youth that ended up a sub-par pro. Seen it a million times before. The only difference is Adu was able to milk some serious cash out of the hype around him.
    I totally understand that Adu wants to cash in on his big contract until the end. Think of it this way: he’ll never get that kind of salary ever again, so this is his last chance to have some serious income.
    So I ask all those who say he should take a paycut and come home: if you had an awesome contract for a job you weren’t qualified for, but that you couldn’t get fired (so unless you voluntarily quit, you get paid until the contract expires), would you leave all that money? I think not.
    If Adu is really 21, then perhaps with time and work he can become a OK player making a decent living in some second tier league or in second division somewhere. But he’ll never have another chance in his life to command the kind of $$ he is now, so I say: take your money Adu.

  41. Chris says:

    I can’t see any of these teams taking a chance on him. I agree with Ives’ opinion on him joining up with Nowak in Philly.

  42. LNG says:

    Adu still makes me sad. It’s not like the USA produces so many skilled players that we can afford to have some of them fall by the wayside. That being said, he’s only 21. I’d also like to see him come back home.

  43. Zero Cool says:


  44. Mat says:

    I have yet to see anything from Adu at a professional level which proves he is a “skilled” player.
    In all the games or clips of his time in Europe, I haven’t seen any where he demonstrates any type of so-called “skill”.
    His ball skills aren’t remarkable and his physical condition is poor.
    Sorry but I was never sold on Adu, and even less now.

  45. Micah King says:

    Sign him to Whitecaps. 😀

  46. CrispyST3 says:

    He played really really good against Spain and Argentina in the friendlies. He was the best player on the field for USA during those games.

  47. Slyboy says:

    uhm, while i agree that Adu is basically a failure, mentally and physically. Adu does have skill, probably only ball skills. he is a poor mans Denilson… a really poor mans Denilson.

  48. Micah King says:

    Adu as a back he is to weak to be a back. He will get plowed over fast.

  49. joby says:


    Get back to MLS while you still can. This Euro thing is not working and your career is tanking. You dont want to end up in the indoor soccer league


  50. JoeW says:

    Adu always wanted to go to Europe. DCU did not “punt” him to RSL. Adu wanted out of DC United. He felt that DCU was holding him back in his efforts to make the World Cup squad in 2006 and that Nowak was demanding too much of him. He felt that by going back to his U17 coach (John Ellinger) he’d be in the right atmosphere and “return to his game.” But given the chance to go to Europe, he jumped at it–thus Benfica. RSL would have preferred to hang on to him.

    Those who say he should come back to MLS, here’s what you need to get: MLS is a very physical league. Outside mids are guys like Josh Gros and Mullen and people who run their legs off into bloody stumps. Or they’re major speed merchants (like Zakuani). Adu is none of those things. In MLS, Adu can play exactly two positions: withdrawn forward and attacking mid. So which clubs right now would start him at either position? Maybe someone like Columbus (that has a lot of hard running grinders and could use a creative player with a nice touch). Maybe. He’s no Schelotto, not even close to it. I’m not sure there is a team in MLS that he’d legitimately start for as an A-mid or withdrawn forward–even DC United (the worst team in the league). Boskovic is a better A-mid and 2-way play with a harder work rate. Hernandez is probably better as well. And more clubs play with who holding mids or only 1 forward so he’s not even a candidate for all MLS clubs.

    And if he’s not at A-mid or withdrawn forward, he’s not a starter. So he comes back to MLS to be a 13th or 14th man?

    As to what is Adu’s problem (besides wanting to play for a glamour team and getting a lot of bad advice from some of his people), here is what has always been true about him:
    –he’s not physically impressive (not strong, easily ridden off the ball, not tall, not fast, not especially quick)
    –poor work rate and definitely not a ball-winner
    –poor defensive skills and positioning
    –disappears for long stretches in games
    –poor decision-making (which is a problem if you’re the A-mid)
    –positioning offensively is weak, tends not to show for the ball well.
    –his conditioning (even in MLS) was never an asset and now that he’s in Europe it’s evidently become terrible.

    His strengths?
    –Superb close control
    –Lovely touch on the ball
    –Accurate and well-weighted passes
    –Creative dribbler who’s able to make his own chances

    This is a true shame. But this kid has sabotaged his own career.

  51. Frank says:

    Come back to MLS. It worked out great for Danny Szetela…

  52. JoeW says:

    Nope. He’s short, slow, never been into conditioning, never had a strong work rate, doesn’t track back, isn’t a ball-winner, is weak running off the ball. In short, he has none of the attributes you’d love to have in an outside mid.

  53. Jhon in FL says:

    Not bad for a 34 year old…….

  54. Mat says:

    Well, the really strange thing about Adu is that his fitness has become worse since he’s been 16.
    He seemed more fit and in his prime physically at 16-18 than he is now after 3-4 years of training with pro teams in Europe.
    Makes you wonder if he’s really 21, doesn’t it?
    Perhaps therein lies the key to the Adu mystery…

  55. dcm says:

    i have read what coaches had to say about him. we all play soccer, right? we all play with a guy like adu, amazing skill but doesn’t hustle off the ball, throws up his arms when something goes wrong, defense is poor, doesn’t necessarily make the players around him better. this is what all the coaches say. so, maybe he could fit into some team’s system, but from a national team’s perspective, we rely way too much on hassle and athleticism to include player like adu. i hope this can change, i hope you can become a better player, we need creative offense.

  56. dcm says:

    “hustle” not hassle.

  57. bizzy says:

    Its easy to see why Adu is having so much trouble in Europe. If we in the US can pick him apart just because people rushed to put him on a petty stool he didnt ask for and called him savior, imagine what his coach, foreign fans and jealous teammates would do. I can hear it now “So he thinks his the future of US soccer huh, so he thinks he’s a superstar huh”, looking for a 10 where there is a 7, a good level when taking age and skill into consideration. All he needs is guidance and mentoring instead of trying to prove himself day in day out. How can he develop when everyone thinks and assesses him as a finished product.

    Donovan had the same trouble but look at him now. At 21 he has time on his side to get better. The patience shouldnt be coming from a coach willing to mold and harvest his talent(in Europe or anywhere else if he is no going to be playing on their national side they’re not going to).

    Bruce Arena wanted him in LA, and is a very good mentor and coach capable of giving Adu the tools he needs.

    Adu doesnt need to prove himself to anybody but himself, by going back to working on his fundermentals, speed and fitness. He’ll get there…..

  58. John says:

    I think his problem now is clubs don’t believe his age. He is best suited to have an MRI bone scan and make the results public unless he has something to hide. I personally think he’s around 25ish.

  59. Illmatic74 says:

    But Adu does not have the quickness, the vision, passing ability, shooting ability and instincts as a finisher Donovan has. Donovan is without a question the most talented player this country has produced. His big problem in Germany was he couldn’t break the first team of a stacked Bayer Leverusken squad(they were Bundesliga runners up the years he was there).

  60. Sam says:

    Bring him into January camp Bob! 😉

  61. Ian says:

    What a dumb post.

    Good for Adu, hopefully he gets signed. Sounds like running out of steam is a fitness issue, in which case no one can really blame if if he isn’t getting time with Aris.

  62. KNPonder says:

    You hit the nail on the head. It is all about the contract. No one is going to pick it up – transfer or loan, so Freddy just sits. This is just a “tryout” – I assume very little if anything financially for Randers. If Freddy “really” wanted to play somewhere, I am sure that Benfica would be more than happy to rip up the contract at his request and grant him free transfer. Freddy has a decent contract and is clinging to it. Like Mat, I don’t blame the guy. He is not going to get a contract like this again. Truth be told, Freddy is just not very good. And by now, everybody knows it.

  63. bizzy says:

    He couldnt break that squad and no one else was willing to take a chance on him so he came back, and look how he turned out. Adu has the vision, creativity, dribbling ability and finishing….attributes he displayed better than Bradley, Altidore, Rogers etc with the USMNT U-20, and thats why he was captain. Adu will emerge Illmatic74, I have no doubts….

  64. CrispyST3 says:

    It has its pros and cons. If Bob brings him into just the camp, then it can help Adu’s fitness, and his form. But then again, if Bob brings him in it will let Adu know that even tho he’s not getting minutes and not playing he can still get call-ups and his spot on the team is safe. Which isn’t good. I think that if he seems to be getting a good team in Jan. then he should work that out and stay with his new team.

  65. sef-one says:

    i just hope he grinds. seriously grinds.

    he can get faster, stronger, more fit and defensively better- i.e. his perceived weakness are not insurmountable. he just needs to put his head down and get his head on straight.

    i don’t care where he does it, i just want him to do well but it comes down to him having to work at it.

    just like jozy is working to get his time in la liga.

  66. Scott A says:

    I refuse to be like (some) England fans and enjoy tearing fallen stars down. Good luck Freddy.

  67. bizzy says:

    “But then again, if Bob brings him in it will let Adu know that even tho he’s not getting minutes and not playing he can still get call-ups and his spot on the team is safe”

    ….No different from Gooch and spector. If it’ll look like favoritism for him, and we are not riding on past glory, then how do you explain those 2….

  68. nick says:

    Could be worse… could be a 2nd division team in Luxembourg

  69. Illmatic74 says:

    That is patently false. Bayer Leverusken never gave up on him it was Landon who wanted out and Portsmouth tried to obtain him before he headed back to the MLS.

  70. fischy says:

    I meant playing the game. Freddy is famous for rocking the video games.

  71. Illmatic74 says:

    Onyewu struggling to find playing time for AC Milan is much different than Adu not making the bench for Aris. And Spector when in form has shown that he can be the best guy at a position we don’t have a lot of depth at.

  72. bizzy says:

    …and with Mcbride and Clint in the mix, Donovan is “Arguably” the best player US has ever produced

  73. Jeff says:

    Although I don’t really want him on my team, maybe coming to LA would be good for him. I think Arena might be able to get him back on track, playing with Donovan and Beckham couldn’t hurt, and most of all, he might pick up some stuff from Buddle, who also had the reputation of being lazy before turning things around. Now that I think about it, Adu could potentially be a decent partner for Buddle up top.

  74. RealPSL says:

    According to Yahoo / AP no contract will be offered.

    link to

    “RANDERS, Denmark (AP)—FC Randers says it has no plans to sign former U.S. international Freddy Adu.

    Club spokesman Ib Rasmussen told The Associated Press that Adu arrived in western Denmark on Nov. 15, but the forward’s presence was “only to allow him to train and stay in shape.”

    Randers is ninth in Denmark’s 12-team league.”

  75. CrispyST3 says:

    Onyewu has nothing to prove. He’s already established himself as the best CB in the pool, and when he’s playing at his best it is alot better for USA. We’ll live if Adu is not at his best, when Onyewu isn’t on top form, we kinda struggle. So that’s why the more games Gooch can get the better.

  76. Lord Harris says:

    With the reserve legue coming back next year maybe he can play on the LA Galaxy reserve team and at the same time be mentored by Landon Donovan :), then (if he’s motivated enough) he can break into the first team and play first team ball in MLS and regain his confidence and become the player we all wanted him to be.

  77. Lorenzo says:

    He’s headed to the death place of another technically gifted USA player.

    Next stop Hoàng Anh Gia Lai !

  78. bizzy says:

    He couldnt break into the starting 11 so he gave up. He turned his back on Portsmouth because he did know what to expect and why ride pine when you can be an influencial starter. He is arguably the best player we have and yet came off the bench when on loan to even Everton, yet when playing for the National side holds his own with the best in the world. If he can blossom after all his ups and downs in Europe, without the same skill set Adu has 21, that means Adu can do it too…

  79. Illmatic74 says:

    “become the player we all wanted him to be”.

    I think the ship has sailed on that one.

  80. brandon says:

    every mls team would like a player with adu’s talent in their squad, no he’s not schelotto, he’s not mullan, but his skillset mirrors that of fabian all left foot espindola. the problem is the 2010 salary for fabian is $75k, right now freddy’s not going to play for $75k a year.

  81. Illmatic74 says:

    He started 8 of his 11 games at Everton.

  82. CUTZ ON MY FINGERZ says:

    I don’t think its too late, if he tries hard enough then he’ll turn some heads.

  83. Grammar Police says:

    Your denotes possession.
    You’re is the contraction for ‘you are.’

    I’m letting you off with a warning this time.

  84. Stephen M says:

    Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Donovan went to Germany and it didn’t work. He came back to MLS, played well and then went on loan to Everton where he did well. He also had a good WC. I think Donovan’s experience validates the call for Adu to come back to MLS and regain whatever it is he lost. He can still be a great player if he is willing to work for it.

  85. Johnny Thunder says:

    His ego.

  86. bizzy says:

    Yes he has everything to prove, just like everyone else, if he didnt he’ll be in the starting line-up for AC Milian. Gooch is a good solid defender when he’s 100%(our best). With our current and developing pool of players you need to always bring your “A” game and with him looking shakey in the back of late trying to come back from an injury, we can do without him and it wouldnt drastically change the fate of the USMNT.

  87. Illmatic74 says:

    Donovan wasn’t there long enough to make a judgement of if it worked or not. This is the 5th team Adu has been at since 2007 and he hasn’t found a spot anywhere.

  88. bizzy says:

    you’re right, 8 of 11 in six weeks…

  89. Cairo says:

    Man, you guys bag on Freddy, but look at this way: here’s a guy from a humble background who was able to make a lot of money and help to support his family. If he’s not good enough, then what he’s done is effectively work the system to make an annual salary that most of us can’t even dream about. You guys need to compare him to people like Kwame Brown and Michael Olowokandi–guys who made their money despite not being good enough–rather than to the Messis and Ronaldos of the world. I hope his career moves forward and he finds a way to A)have fun and enjoy the game, and B)continue to make a good living and support the family. How many of us, when faced with that kind of money, would do anything different?

  90. PetedeLA says:

    Dude! Have you taken the time to really read the articles on this blog? Sentences are missing whole clauses on a regular basis! Some of the posters have more words spelled incorrectly than words spelled correctly!

    I want your badge.

  91. GW says:

    In 2011 UEFA will rank Denmark’s league just one slot below Greece’s league. Greece is ranked #11 and Denmark is #12. So if Freddy can latch on there shouldn’t much of a drop in the standard of play. On the other hand this is the same league that signed Bennie (before he got relegated) so they are used to unfit and inconsistent Americans.

    Obviously, if he were to be signed it wouldn’t be for the reserve team. The idea would be to get a foothold so he can work his way up.

    All the speculation about his “demands” ignores the fact that so far none of these articles that I’ve read have made any mention of financial terms.

    Since nobody here knows what he is asking for how can you criticise his “demands”?

  92. H. Bogart says:

    Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!

  93. Illmatic74 says:

    My bad I meant 10

  94. Illmatic74 says:

    I only bag on Adu because he is a players who is simply not good enough to play for the national team(and I doubt he ever will be good enough)yet people constantly clamor for him to get a callup.

  95. Tony W. says:

    This is one of the best posts I’ve read on this site for quite some time.

  96. eastbaygrease says:

    The reason MLS players go to Denmark is because 1 US dollar equals 5.523 Krone. You get to live in a country with arguably the highest standard of living in the word, and when you return to the US, your bank account suddenly multiplies.

  97. MSnats says:

    I thought it must be from a gatorade ad. One huge drop of sweat.

  98. GW says:

    “But can he retool his game to play and attack minded left or right back? ”

    I don’t think so.

    There are small guys who play fullback

    (Ashey Cole, Dolo) but they are usually blessed with great speed or great vision and tactical sense and in all cases are tough guys.

    Freddy is small, slow and puny. And he’s not the most intelligent user of the ball I’ve ever seen and I question his vision of the overall game.

    And tackling? Paul Scholes, who is the best player who cannot tackle that I’ve ever seen, is a better tackler.

  99. EA says:

    Get some humbleness AND some humility and he’d be set.

  100. bizzy says:

    Cherundolo, Frank Simek and now Eric Lichaj. Even though he plays attacking left tackle, Pearce has played as a defender and midfielder on the right and left sides under FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman so there are options. If you ride pine you shouldnt automatically be called up. You always need to prove yourself, regardless of position, something every player should be striving for. Spector, for now is a hole in our defense…..but it doesnt mean he cant get better, same with Adu…

  101. Goalscorer24 says:

    I still have hope for the kid. I think that hope is there because the US just has never had a player with incredible ball skills. Maybe it will end up being somebody else.

  102. CrispyST3 says:

    What i meant by that is that Onyewu needs games and by calling him up to play in friendlies doesn’t give him the idea that even though he isn’t getting minutes minutes he won’t lose his starting spot. Because he lost it at the World Cup. Bob tries to get Gooch back in form by giving him chances during friendlies.

  103. GW says:


    There was an old story about the Emperor’s new clothes. Maybe you’ve heard of it.

    Adu won’t play in the MLS until his original Benfica contract runs out. I believe it has a year to go. When it does, he’ll be about 21-22, still young enough to come home or play anywhere that will have him.

    If he’s smart he will go to wherever they give him the most money. He has shown that he is not a very good pro. Too many respectable managers have given up on him. Clearly they know something we all don’t or don’t want to know.

    I don’t see it happening but if he can fool another team into giving him a contract so much the better for him. He has no other marketable skills so he’ll need the money.

    Personally I’d like for it to be here in the States so everyone can see for themselves how good he really is or isn’t.

    The USMNT doesn’t need him, Diskerud is a much better prospect. He can get professional managers who are paid to judge talent to put him on the field on a regular basis, something Adu can’t get them to do for him. That should tell you something.

  104. Wicked1 says:

    I love Freddy, I just want him to succeed. Luckliy, he is still fairly young, he’s only like 23-24?Maybe he needs to come back in MLS & start over. He needs to be in the big countries, even if its in the lower leagues-England,Spain,Italy,France, or Germany. I would like to be able to watch the games he plays.I say he should come back to MLS, he will actually be playing.

  105. LNG says:

    Favela Denilson

  106. bizzy says:

    If you can call in Pause, Carroll, Gaven, Rogers, Bornstein and spector (the latter 2 in their current form) then making the national team isn’t really a contest for the best of the best at your position anymore. Lately its more like “who” you know than “what” you know.

    Its hard not to lose faith in Adu (and I’m a fan!!!!) but he’ll come around…..

  107. Illmatic74 says:

    By listing those players you proved my point about lack of depth

  108. Illmatic74 says:

    Those guys are at least productive players in the MLS. Adu can’t find time anywhere and I doubt he would start in the MLS.

  109. bizzy says:

    lol, 100% true….but better selections than spector….

  110. GW says:

    Your argument makes sense until you look a bit closer.

    Donovan was at Leverskusen from 2001 till 2005. During that time he had a great 2002 World Cup. So he had his evidence that he could play at a very high level. And of course he had his succesful loan periods with the Quakes. But when he went back to Leverkusen he still couldn’t get first team action so he eventually wound up back with the Galaxy.

    The point is there was plenty of evidence that Donovan could play at a higher level but for whatever reason, call it a numbers game, call it anti-american prejudice, it just wasn’t going to happen at Leverkusen.

    This isn’t the case with Adu. There is plenty of evidence compiled at DC United, RSL, Benfica, at Monaco, at Beleneses , at Aris, with the USMNT, that he does not have what it takes to be a consistent, productive high level, professional soccer player.

    He has had numerous chances to prove everyone wrong and has succeeded mostly in proving his doubters correct. Someone talked Benfica into giving him a bloated contract and he’s been hanging on to it ever since ( I sure would). I’m sure the guy who gave it to him has been fired.

  111. GW says:

    Adu has never done anyting for the USMNT. Gooch is a proven starter and while Spector is crap now, he had a great run in the Confed Cup.

  112. Kevin_Amold says:

    Terrible….yet hilarious.

  113. Polish Wonder says:

    Maybe he’ll pull a Devin Barclay and be a placekicker for a Big Ten university.

  114. PetedeLA says:

    Word! (Do people still say that?)

  115. PetedeLA says:

    How kind some people are.

    Donovan was not going to get into that Bayern squad. Not with Toni, Klose, Olic, Mueller, Altintop, Schweinsteiger, Prajnic, Ribery, Kroos (not yet on reserve at that time I believe) all ahead of him.

    It was just really bad timing.

  116. GW says:

    In 2009 BB took Adu to South Africa for the Confederations Cup and then took him to the Gold Cup the same year, even though Adu had played about 20 minutes all season for his team at the time, Monaco. Clearly, he was very rusty, based on his one appearance in the Gold Cup.

    As far as I know BB hasn’t called him back to camp since so I guess he’s seen what he needs to see for now. What seems clear from that is that BB most likely told Adu he needs to get more PT and Adu clearly hasn’t done that, hence his lack of call ups. It was around that time that Donovan told the media that what Freddy need most of all was

    playing time at his club.

    I guess Freddy doesn’t listen to Donovan.

  117. Illmatic74 says:

    He definitely wouldn’t have won a spot Bayern Munich. But, I have always thought that if he stuck it out at Bayer Leverusken he would have turned into a key member.

  118. rich says:

    Looks like Randers doesnt want him according to a report from a portuguese newspaper. stated he was there mainly to stay fit and stay in firm…headline reads “FC Randers doest want Freddy Adu”

    link to

    link to –> translated version

    shame…shame…hopefully he lands somewhere…still has potential and is still young but needs a good home

  119. Ted Decker says:

    You must not have watched the U-20 world cup that gave everybody a hard on for young freddy.

  120. StevenG says:

    lol, had to be done didn’t it?

  121. Patrick Marshall says:

    I am baffled at how people think so highly of Gooch.

    I actually like him, but this is what I have seen.

    He is physically and mentally strong and good in the air, but easily beaten on the dribble (by Central American players) and out of position far too often. I do not see him doing well in a top league.

    I liken Adu’s mentality to that of an alcoholic. He needs to hit rock bottom before he actually realizes his problem. I think he may be close to it.

    I think his problem is that he was born on third base but he thinks he hit a triple. Because of his early hype, he thinks he is a superstar, which has created a sense of entitlement.

    Maybe this is his ego’s rock bottom. Maybe he will realize how much work he needs to put in to make it. Find a lower level league that he can play in and put in the work to prove himself. I dont think he has the tools to be a top player, but he definately has enough tools to be a decent professional if he works hard. The first step is for him to realize he is not a superstar, like the rest of the world has.

  122. travis says:

    I think Adu isn’t as bad as everyone else is making him out to be.

    He still has the proper skills and creativity to be successful. But what he is lacking is confidence. His confidence is shattered because he has done nothing but fail in Europe and hes moving all over the place from club to club.

    Donovan is obviously the prime example, he “failed” 3 times in Europe before fitting right in with Everton. Some players just need to feel wanted and comfortable to succeed.

    Adu needs to come back to MLS where any team would love to have him. The fans would love him. He could get his game back on track and then try to find a team that fits him in Europe when the time comes.

  123. Freddy Adu says:

    C’mon guys! I’m the next Pele! Remember when I was 14? I was good!

  124. ThaDeuce says:

    I like the idea of Donovan mentoring Adu under Brucie’s guidance in L.A. sounds like the perfect solution. And no pressure, because he is not a star compared to donovan and beckham…so he can develop in their shadows.

  125. Second City says:


    Adu is 21 going on 30.

  126. Sean says:

    Either way it was meant, I noticed that the other day…he is NOT in FIFA ’11….that really says something for one’s career…700-some-odd teams, gazillions of players…and he couldn’t make it..hell, my name and face is in that game now! (thanks to the add your own face feature) :)

  127. Hush says:

    lol I find it funny when folks here say Adu never impressed them, simply hilarious! Adu was amazing in the youth system. When Adu has seen the pitch in Europe whether it was with Benfica,Monaco,Aris, he was better than decent, pure fact. I really love the experts on this site claming he doesn’t hustle bla bla bla. Really? What game? The few games he has played in Europe he has impressed, google the videos if you find it hard to believe. His problem has nothing to do with his skills, it must be something beyond that. Because everytime he did something great with the teams mention above, he would ride the bench the next week. Adu maybe signing with Randers is a A++! There is no way we can let a good American soccer player go to waste! The Mexicans do a great job in keeping their bench warmers in the mix. Vela & Gio have been wack for most part this year. Adu have a better early 2010 campaign than both those bums put together and yet we take Findley to South Africa!lol When we are a power house team, then we will talk about leaving Adu alone, but for now PAPAS, we take care of our own bench warmers! 😉


  128. joejoe says:

    Freddy should try Mexico instead of MLS. I actually think he could get his career on track there.

  129. St. Addi says:

    I’ve always thought and still think Adu has the best all important first touch out of any American player in this current pool and perhaps ever. I keep hoping he someday makes an impact on USMNT, because to me that’s the most beautiful part of the game when a player can virtually catch a long ball on their foot and quickly make a move. Here is an example that by the way was like 6 months ago.

    link to

  130. Ron says:

    Nice post, I basically agree, but Adu did OK in MLS with DCU and RSL, and RSL wanted to keep him. If he returned to MLS he would start and do OK.

  131. DC Josh says:

    Dear Freddy,

    What a way to be humbled. The future of US soccer was heaped on your shoulders before you could legally drive. You weren’t that good to begin with, but you have the potential to be a starter for the US national team. We’ve seen glimpses of your full potential, but you have to work hard to achieve it. Dig in, work hard, show up every day at practice like it’s your first day, and show us what we are missing.


  132. 123 says:

    You have to be a phenomenal offensive player for a coach to let you have a free role and no defensive duties and Adu just isn’t good enough for that. So he needs to add new dimensions to his game or find a league where he can dominate in the offensive end of the field.

  133. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:


  134. Jdavids says:

    I had a good laugh on that one.

  135. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

    Wonder? Of course the media played a huge role. US media LOVE and thrive (make money) off prodigy stories. What 14 year old do you know turned pro and went on to have a successful career? None that I can think of. It wasn’t fair to him. I wish he would come back to MLS and not even start for a year. As someone posted above, eat a bit of humble pie and get back on track. He’s only 21, right?

  136. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

    I know Adu and Michael Bradley are friends. You’d think Mikey and his dad would talk some sense to him. Come back to MLS. Take 75K for two years. He’ll still have his endorsement dollars. Then PROVE it. EARN it. ENJOY it.

  137. Dennis says:

    Adu is clearly talented, even if he is older than 21, that is still true. BUT!
    There are some great articles on “vision”, the kind that Gretsky has, not simply eyesight. This is something Adu seems to be almost totally lacking. He just can’t seem to see when to pass, when to dribble, when to defend, or when to take a chance. The result is he is always taking chances no matter the circumstance. Such risky behavior is not appreciated by coaches or teammates.
    Perhaps he can learn to better see what is unfolding, perhaps not. One school of thought is he needs to be in situations that punish poor decisions so he will learn, that implies he must play in games that matter. Problem is until he improves, no one will give him improtant games, he needs to take ALL games (and training sessions) seriously and force himself to improve.

  138. bizzy says:

    Your argument is just, until you mention “at a higher level”!!

    Donovan was struggling through and through. He couldnt make the starting 11, turned down Porthsmouth and was LOANED to the Earthquakes…Not Beleneses or Aris, Earthquakes hence in THEIR EYES he wasn’t good enough. He returned to Germany and played seven games with Leverkusen, only two of which were starts. He trained with Bayern Munich and played some games (on loan) and they declined to extend his loan, so he made the right choice by returning to MLS (or he would probably be bouncing around too).

    Adu was in MLS when proclaimed the Savior of US Soccer, He was a dominating force and captain (LEADER)with the U-20 USMNT, which included Altidore, Bradley and Rogers (crystal clear there). If you get looked at by a team like Monaco, Beleneses or Aris regardless….you’re doing something right.

    I don’t see any teams at that level looking at our Veterans namely Buddle, Rogers, Findley, Bornstein, Casey, Pause, Carroll and they play on a regular for our National Team.

    Secondly, some of the other players we have are struggling/riding pine just as much overseas and some do Nothing extra ordinary in MLS, yet they get playing time on a regular basis but yet they are different (spector, Gooch, Clark, Findley, Bornstein, Rogers).

    Galaxy will be the team for Adu because Arena has coached the national team and has the experience to mentor and tutor him and Donovan has been there done that and will be able guide him to success….

  139. bizzy says:

    for regulars with the USMNT leave out Pause and Carroll…hahaha

  140. GW says:

    It’s fine being an Adu fan but Donovan is a poor choice if you want to talk about comparing careers.

    Donovan did not do well at Leverkusen but when he went back on loan to San Jose he was a vital part of getting them to two championships (2001, 2003). In four years of loans there he had 109 appearances and 43 goals. When he went to the World Cup( and was about the age Adu is now)in 2002 he scored two goals, was named Best Young Player of the tournament and was an important part of arguably the best US World Cup effort ever.

    These are concrete accomplishments,real production that Donovan produced or was part of. If I’m a technical director of football of a club I can look at that and say, “there’s something there”.

    In contrast Freddy’s 4 years in MLS produced 103 appearances and 14 goals. DC did win the Cup in 2004 but Freddy was sub and a bit player on that team. I lived in the DC area at the time and saw a fair amount of Freddy. I thought he looked like a kid playing with men, which of course he was. Based on what little I’ve been able to see of him lately, (not my fault) things haven’t changed a lot. Dominating at the Under-20’s is great but it’s a bit like beating up your kid brother; it doesn’t prove that much.

    And being looked at by those big teams is great but when you produce 20 appearances and 5 goals for Benifca, 11 appearances and 0 goals for Monaco, 4 appearances and 0 goals for Belenenses and 11 appearances and 2 goals for Aris, well something is wrong with you. You get credit for being asked to the dance but it gets diluted when they throw you out 5 minutes later.

    As for the USMNT the less said the better. Besides they have Mix now and he’s a better long term bet than Freddy. If I’m that Technical Director Adu’s record screams out “trouble”.

    Adu has no professional career accomplishments that can compare in any way to what Donovan has done. More to the point, ask yourself if you really believe Donovan would have done as poorly at those clubs if he had been there instead of Freddy?

    Freddy is young and still has time it’s true but everyone forgets being a professional soccer player is a privilege not a right. There are only so many clubs in the world.

    Your choice of the Galaxy is interesting.Why should Donovan mentor someone who didn’t take Landon’s advice about having to get more PT in Europe? Why should Arena, who needs goal scorers( something Freddy is not)and who has all the head cases he needs, give him a chance when there are lots of young or younger players who may be as talented, if not more so and who are hungrier, less baggage laden and definitely cheaper than Freddy? So what if they aren’t Americans? Arena’s loyalty is to the Galaxy not the USMNT.

    If Nowak will take him Philly would be my idea of his best bet.

  141. GW says:

    “The few games he has played in Europe he has impressed, google the videos if you find it hard to believe. ”

    If he was that impressive why is he scrambling around looking for anyone to give him playing time?

    “There is no way we can let a good American soccer player go to waste! ”

    What do you mean “we”? Freddy is screwing himself up quite well without our help, thanks very much.

  142. Joamiq says:

    He’s trying out for Randers’ reserve team? What’s the goal here? To be getting minutes for a team not much better than MLS-level a year from now? Give it up, Freddy. Come to MLS and get minutes.