Adu scores winner for Rizespor

Freddy Adu scored his fourth goal of the season for Caykur Rizespor on Sunday, netting the winner in the club's 3-1 victory over Tavsanli Linyitspor.

Adu got on the end of a cross and powered it home with a diving header in the first half. The goal marked the second consecutive game Adu has scored in, and also helped keep Rizespor in a promotion playoff spot with one game remaining in the season.

Here is the goal:


What do you think of Adu's goal? Think Rizespor will gain promotion? Should Adu stick with the club?

Share your thoughts below.

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81 Responses to Adu scores winner for Rizespor

  1. Nick says:

    He seems to have a good amount of popularity with that team. He’s almost 22 and if they get promoted then that is THE perfect place for him.

  2. Phil says:

    hahah great music

  3. northzax says:

    best. highlight. video. ever.

    seriously, I am happy for Freddy, he seems to have found a place to get his feet under him, after the bouncing ball of Western Europe. I have no idea if they will be promoted, frankly, cause I know nothing at all about the Turkish Second Division, but it seems like they’ve got a pretty good shot. and spending a full second season with a promoted club has to be good for the kid, It doesn’t look like he’ll ever be the superstar some predicted, but he can have a very nice career still, and Rizespor is as good a place as any to press control-alt-delete on your career.

  4. Bryan says:

    Jeez it’s hard to remember he’s still pretty young…Feels like he should be at least 25-26.

  5. bsrumorz says:

    If he manages to stay a full season and get consistent playing time, then I’ll be the first time since 2006 that he’s done that… not a bad near-term goal to shoot for… I hope that here, in the Turkish second division, Freddy’s career finally found a bottom and he can now build off this…

  6. Jose S. says:

    Here is a link with only Freddy’s goal and no ad.

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  7. bryan says:

    nice to see adu doing well

  8. jonk says:

    That was a monster header…granted he was unmarked, but still.

    If Rizespor get promoted, it’d be great for him to stay and continue to fight for time.

  9. Yusef says:

    I’ve been pretty indifferent about Adu throughout his career, but I never understood why he could not stick anywhere. Does he have personality issues with management and teammates, or is it an inability to track back? The guy scored 5 goals in 20 appearances for Benfica, mostly off the bench, which was a better strike rate than in MLS. What were they expecting when they bought him?

  10. buff111 says:


  11. MarkVA says:

    did he come off the bench again? LOLZ

  12. JoeW says:

    Adu is an extremely limited player. At his best, he had a superb touch, great confidence, excellent finisher, served beautiful weighted balls, was unselfish, excellent dribbler. But….easily ridden off the ball, no tactical sense, didn’t show for the ball, not fast, not tall, not strong in the air, not a good defender, not a good ball winner, tended to disappear in matches for up to 20 minutes at a time and poor decision-making. B/c of his skill limitations and physical limitations, he can really only play two positions for teams at a decent level of play: A-mid and withdrawn forward. Every other position requires more of him than he has ever shown (for instance doesn’t track back, doesn’t have the conditioning to play outside mid, let alone the defensive and marking ability). And then he got an inflated view of himself and went to Europe before he was good enough as an A-mid or forward to seriously compete for PT. And his salary is so big, no real team can afford to have a player like him on the reserves (which is the level he’s at for maybe the top 7-8 Euro leagues right now).

    At least he’s getting PT. With that, he regains his touch and conditioning and perhaps starts to work on some of the holes in his game.

  13. Nick says:

    Great post with some great logic here. One thing I have noticed is that he has not grown, period. His height has consistently remained the same, which isn’t a big deal but raises the questions yet again.

  14. ThaDeuce says:

    Both Donovan and Adu score headers this week? IS the sky falling?

    “Should Adu stick with the club?”

  15. Kimo says:


    Adu, from what I’ve been told, has been incredibly unprofessional wherever he’s gone. His handlers have not helped either and European mgmt has been greatly turned off. However, this last move has likely served as a bit of humble pie. He looks much more fit than at any time over the past 24 months. At Aris, he looked thick and slow…not now. He’s clearly training hard and his teammates really like him. Again, that’s what I’ve been told and I trust my source on this.

  16. bob says:

    there are some idiots that think Adu is really 26-29 years if age.

  17. Sean says:


    Also he should definitely stay at the club. He’s getting play time (which he hasn’t really gotten the past 3 or 4 years) and seems to be enjoying his football. If they get promoted he’ll be playing in a top 10 league in the world which would certainly help out his standing in the national team if he’s playing regularly and scoring.

  18. OmarVizquel says:

    The music is still playing in my brain.

  19. langan311 says:

    2nd division turk league…not impressed unless he is the leading scorer…sry gave this kid way to many chances to care until something real happens

  20. Idiot says:

    He is!

  21. Brian says:

    That sh*t is my jam. I don’t care what anyone else says. Haha

  22. Hopper says:

    Keep it up, Freddy. Honestly, I think you should be doing this in MLS instead of the Turkish second division, but regardless it’s nice to see you scoring goals and helping your team.

    I disagree with all those here who are knocking Freddy. I think it’ll be only a matter of time before he plays himself back into the National Team picture. He just needs to get in with the right club. He’s still super young and has a tremendous upside.

  23. bb says:

    why did they use the soundtrack from borat?

  24. sef-one says:

    4 goals in 9 games in not impressive?

    Maybe not the scoring leader, but definitely doing his part to help his club get promoted and getting recognition for it.

    Finally putting in work to get stronger, etc. Including heading to a training facility in Fla over the winter to kick his own a** into shape. Hopefully he stays hungary (sic) in turkey.

  25. OmarVizquel says:

    Great success!

  26. 20 says:

    Adu time: 6 minutes

  27. Brian says:

    Freddy Adu is making between 750k and 1 mil. No way he’ll be coming back to MLS anytime soon. Only way he comes back is if no other teams are interested.

  28. Isaac says:

    The main reason I’m not going to give up on Adu is the fact that Nani, not too long ago, wasn’t really a great defender, or all too willing, but Sir Alex Ferguson turned that around real quick. Of course, that’s Sir Alex Ferguson, we really don’t know how good Adu’s coach is.

    Something I noticed in his time with Aris was the fact that he was actually tracking back defensively. Not only that, but he was getting really, REALLY scrappy. I’m talking Floyd Mayweather scrappy, which is good. He knows that with his size and lack of strength, he can pick at players just enough to mess with their dribble, and not enough to get a foul called. He turned an apparent weakness into a strength. Wesley Sneidjer is kind of the same in that he’s a small guy who loves to play really close to the lone striker making space for him, but he helps on defense. I think that’s the kind of player that we want Adu to be.

  29. bob says:


  30. Nico says:

    Since he’s fallen off, I’ve always assumed that his limited physical capabilities meant that Freddy would never really be able to succeed at a higher level. But it occurs to me now that Luca Modric is no bigger than Freddy is. Obviously he’s a really long way from Modric, but I can see that being a model for what he could do if things worked out for him.

  31. ben says:


  32. JoeW says:

    Oh, I”m absolutely NOT giving up on Adu. But again, internationally (ie: USMNT), can I see him playing another other positions for us other than withdrawn forward or A-mid? No. Now, if he evolved in an A-mid who tracks back, who fights for balls, who provides some shape to the defense, and has a work rate…those would increase the chances he’d get back into the top 30 a lot quicker. B/c at his best, he finishes (probably better than anyone in our current top 30 other than Donovan and maybe Dempsey….Agudelo it’s too soon to judge), he has the ability to beat people on the dribble (again, we don’t have a huge pool of players who can do that), he hits a beautifully weighted ball (great asset for a distributor). And he’s still young.

    He needs to decide if he’s content to be Jovan Kirovski (ie: getting paid a better wage than he’d get in MLS or a lesser league) for sitting on the bench. Or is he prepared to do what he has to do in order to become a competitor for a USMNT starting spot? If he is determined to compete, than he’ll turn down possible transfer spots for bigger “rep” sides or he might even negotiate a lower salary in order to end up with a team that gives a good chance to start.

  33. wally says:

    glad the kid if finally finding some continued success and pt at one club. I very much hope he stays, whether or not they are promoted.

  34. Isaac says:

    Most of the things holding Freddy back are himself. I think he’s really getting past his inflated ego and work rate( although I think he’s already shown an improvement in work rate), then all there is to do is to teach him better defense in terms of positioning and skills, which is not a daunting task at all.

  35. Isaac says:

    I honestly think he could fill the Donovan/Dempsey roles in our 4-4-2/4-2-2-2 if he really worked towards being defensively sound and in good shape. Those are things that he could definitely add, especially considering his age.

  36. chad e says:

    i say call him up to for the gold cup bob! whose with me?

  37. mAROS says:


  38. Goalscorer24 says:

    And Bin Laden is still alive too!

  39. Goalscorer24 says:

    But if it were Klejstan in the exact same scenario, he would get the callup from BoBo.

  40. Ben says:

    Right? He should stick with the team for the highlight music alone. On an entirely different note: Eff the Lakers. They showed their true colors today (something akin to a fecal brown) getting swept out of the playoffs with zero fight and something approaching 0 Kelvin in class. A fitting end for ‘The Zenmaster’.

  41. bottlcaps says:

    What is that? Turkish Hillbilly music?

  42. Jim in Atlanta says:

    A hater says what?

  43. nick says:

    Sitting in the car and reading this made me laugh out loud. I can’t explain how much that made me laugh.

  44. KungFuSoccer says:

    Bonus points for use of Kelvin scale.

  45. Frank(one goal every 3 games) Lampard says:

    5 goals in 20 appearances is 1 goal every 4 appearances, not very good for an attacking player.

  46. SAF says:

    One very big difference, Nani is a LOT faster. Nani and Sneidjer also seem to have more physical presence than Adu. If what you say is true then that would help.

    If they get promoted and he has a good year next year in Turkey though, then who knows?

  47. BrekS says:

    Those two are too versatile to make a good comparison. If he could just be as good as David Ferreia that would be a start.

  48. Stuart Holden says:


    If he had just scored 4 goals in 9 games, then his confidnce would be up and Sacha is a very big “confidence” player.

    I’d call Sacha up too. He is much more physical than Adu and would be one of the few US midfielders other than the dynamic duo who is a serious offensive threat.

  49. GW says:

    Messi or David Ferreira aren’t very big but you don’t see them getting pushed off the ball.

    It was never his size, it was that he was obviously weak and puny; constantly getting pushed off the ball. And it doesn’t help that he is slow. Hopefully he has taken the time to get stronger.

  50. Dingo says:

    At what position ?

    Who would you leave out for him? Donovan? Dempsey? Teal? Agudelo? Davies? Gomez?

  51. Hater says:


  52. MadKingGeorge says:

    If you go to Turkey and have a few rounds of “Raku/Raki” (the national drink), you will be dancing you butt off with the turkish ladies to that kind of music. Istanbul is a lot of fun.

  53. JoeW says:

    No way. First, you’re talking about some major physical challenges. Adu isn’t fast–even at his best shape. He’s quick–but not incredibly quick. And he’s never had great (as in outstanding conditioning). And in our 442, the outside mids (DMB earlier, now Dempsey and Donovan) need to run and work all day. That’s the complete opposite of Adu. Additionally, he drifts in and out of games–in our scheme we can’t afford to have an outside mid just disappear for 20-30 minutes at a time. Think of it this way–Dempsey comes close to that some matches but Dempsey is a really hard worker, fights for balls, revels in physical play (and won’t back down) and finds a way to score goals that matter. What I’ve just described is the complete opposite of Adu when he was in-form and in-shape. And that doesn’t even get to defensive positioning, tracking back, winning balls. To ask Adu to acquire those elements to his game is like saying “gee, wouldn’t it be great if Tim Ream could play A-mid for the NT” or “if Altidore could just learn to finish and improve his distribution we’d be set at forward”–you’re talking about somethings that the player in question (Adu) has NEVER been known for–ever–at any level and has never really show the skill or aptitude for.

  54. Troy says:

    Nice goal Freddy!

  55. colin says:

    Actually not true at all. Only a few players score at a 1 to 2 rate. That strike rate would put him at about 15th in the Premier league this season. Plus your comparing him to strikers, ACM generally have a slightly lower strike rate. Secondly he was at the time 18 or 19 so increasingly very impressive, and he was coming of the bench, so in terms of minutes that strike rate was prolly closer to 1 in every 2 games. All in all he actually started somewhat well.

  56. CJ says:

    I think Teal is a Canadian once again.

  57. shane says:

    I wanted to read what everyone said but couldnt because it is just too clear. MLS is a superior environment for him. If he cant do better than MLS than he needs to come home. Freddy has skills but he needs the whole game. There is an MLS coach somewhere that will care and spend time with him. If its not too late.

  58. Matt S says:

    I’m not going to bother reading through the 50+ posts before me but I imagine I’m not the only person that questioned why there is “hoe down” music playing during this clip.

    To me that’s far more important than discussing Freddy Adu scoring ONE goal and devoting an entire post to it.

  59. Rick says:

    Ha mine too.

    That header looked really well-executed to me. He put his whole body into it; it almost looked like he was about to start doing the Worm when he landed.

    Also, that last goal, the left-footed volley? I know it has nothing to do with the topic at hand, but that was nice.

  60. Rick says:

    Yes, very nice.

  61. Sgc says:

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    I’d have been married a long time ago.
    Where did you come from, where did you go?
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  62. Orospu says:

    Love the Anatolian turbo folk music — and the header.

  63. mug says:

    Forget the goal, that music is phenomenal! I can’t stop my toes a-tappin’!

  64. Cyrus says:

    haha I heard this beat mixed on the radio, I actually would really like to know what it’s from

  65. jpc says:

    nice goal. The highlights that I’ve seen of him have been very impressive. Don’t hold your breath, but he may actually be coming around as a player. Players like him I would assume take the longest to develop, b/c they need to learn all the little things that they simply didn’t need to do to be successful as youth players.

  66. jeremy says:

    I like it and he should absolutely stay there, promoted or not. He found a decent team where he can play, in a decent league, and the fans love him. If they get promoted, even better. I finally feel happy for the kid.

  67. ImaGoalMan says:

    I thought the EXACT same thing…

  68. Brian says:

    No. It was an effing April Fool’s Joke!

  69. Sgc says:

    colin is right. For a CM that doesn’t play 90 every time he appears, his scoring stats are pretty good.

  70. Sgc says:

    Freddy has 4 goals in his last 9 games. That’s the kind of thing you miss when you don’t read other people’s posts but expect them to read yours.

  71. Shane says:

    When Adu scores a goal in Champions league play like Sasha has maybe he’ll get a call up again.

  72. ThaDeuce says:

    I’m right with ya!

  73. ThaDeuce says:

    very great!

  74. ThaDeuce says:


  75. ThaDeuce says:


  76. ERic says:

    I still have that tune in my head. I think I love it.

  77. Russell says:

    That always added to the curiousity of Adu.

    At Benfica that first year, it seemed he was progressing nicely. Coming off the bench and scoring goals..a couple of them were very timely. Basically it was what you’d hope for, for a first year over seas young kid.

    Another year of doing that plus getting more minutes is what i was hoping for.. not the transfer to france where the wheels fell off.

  78. bizzy says:

    hahahaha….why do you try to start a discussion and you have no idea of what you are taking about. Wow, MLS is a superior enviroment for him? Where was he when people called him the wonder kid? Where was he when he signed up with Benefica? Do you think they just give anyone $2 million dollars because you did a commerial with PELE? Why do you think he’s not coming back to MLS? 1. he’s still own by Benefica 2. the team that loans him has to be able to afford him 3. MLS cant pay him!!! whats the League average 65K?? How much do you think Rizespor pays him?? $750K+ 4. It’ll be a step down technically and growth wise.

    MLS is superior?? Do you think you become the first player in the world…. “in the world” to score a hat-trick in the U-20 and U-23 world cup with luck???

    We are all guilty of being biased when it comes to certain players but at least lets be real

  79. Ed says:

    Galaxy bound???

  80. Fat Frank says:

    You’ve manipulated the stats to make your point look good.

    There is a reason he doesn’t play so many minutes and its not a good reason.

    Goal averages are measured in terms of how many you score per game, otherwise you get into the kind manipulation you guys just did.

    I would think Adu supporters would be tired of theoretical production and potential production.

    It’s about actual production not hypothetical production.