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(The Big Lead)   Freddy Adu, anointed savior of American soccer 10 years ago when he entered MLS at age 14, signs deal with first-division club in Europe. Oh sure, a Serbian SuperLiga club, but still, he looks pumped to be in Jagodina   (thebiglead.com ) divider line
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2014-07-26 05:21:40 AM  
Are you trying to insinuate that this has been Much Adu About Nothing?
 
2014-07-26 06:43:02 AM  
I think we're done here.
Next thread.
 
2014-07-26 06:59:28 AM  
Freddie Adu can doo doo, but Jimmy Carter was smarter!
 
2014-07-26 07:14:16 AM  
Is there anything worse for a career than getting hyped by sports media?
 
2014-07-26 08:00:44 AM  

wademh: Is there anything worse for a career than getting hyped by sports media?


It's not just sports media. Any number of movie directors have been kiboshed by the press labeling them the next Tarantino.

Of course, in Adu's case there was the double whammy of anointing him not merely before he'd achieved anything, but long before he'd reached adulthood. And as it turned out, he wasn't prodigiously talented, he was merely precocious. As good as he was at 15, that's as good as he ever became.
 
2014-07-26 08:13:09 AM  
Ten clubs in ten years all over the world. Talent is one thing developing it to actual skill and using it in a competition is another thing all together.
 
2014-07-26 08:31:47 AM  
10 teams in 10 years? That's nothing compared to the careers of some left-handed relief pitchers.
 
2014-07-26 08:32:59 AM  
One cannot help but be reminded of Felipe Lopez.

I know, "who?"
 
2014-07-26 09:22:47 AM  
Jagodina only came after he flunked trials at Blackpool, Stabaek and AZ Alkmaar.

The guy's going to end up in the Faroe Islands or playing indoor soccer before he's done. He's 25. He's still got time to fall further.
 
2014-07-26 09:46:34 AM  

Gosling: Jagodina only came after he flunked trials at Blackpool, Stabaek and AZ Alkmaar.

The guy's going to end up in the Faroe Islands or playing indoor soccer before he's done. He's 25. He's still got time to fall further.


Calling it now: He's going to be playing for the oldest club in world football. Yes, Freddy Adu shall be a brand-new signing for Sheffield Football Club in the coming years.
 
2014-07-26 09:54:04 AM  
How much has he made in his career already? Millions?
 
2014-07-26 10:18:46 AM  

ChrisDe: How much has he made in his career already? Millions?


If memory serves, he was paid $500k a year at DC United (and therefore probably at Salt Lake too), plus a boatload of endorsement deals for the first few years of his career that probably blew his salary out of the water. Playing for Benfica for four years afterwards probably netted him slightly more than that. Then he apparently made $600k at Philadelphia (for two years). You've got to figure, all told, that if he's been smart with his money he's sitting on around $5-7 million. Not bad for a 25-year-old who's gotten to travel all over the world.

I feel bad for Freddy in the same way that I feel bad for any child star. He hasn't handled himself all that well, but few would have if put under the absolutely insanehype that was dumped on him starting at age freaking 12. At the time, it reflected not only the exploding popularity of soccer in America but also our utter cluelessness about developing talent in the sport. I suppose that'll be his lasting legacy; having taught the American soccer system a massive lesson about how these things actually work.
 
2014-07-26 10:30:50 AM  

czetie: Of course, in Adu's case there was the double whammy of anointing him not merely before he'd achieved anything, but long before he'd reached adulthood. And as it turned out, he wasn't prodigiously talented, he was merely precocious. As good as he was at 15, that's as good as he ever became.


Probably was 25 at the time.
 
2014-07-26 10:45:56 AM  
He suffered from the same thing that almost got Michelle Wie, insane push at the very start of their career. Then almost the same amount of joy when they falter.
 
2014-07-26 11:28:26 AM  
Its ok Freddy could have been Zenica or Zavidovici
 
2014-07-26 11:41:22 AM  

balfourk: Ten clubs in ten years all over the world. Talent is one thing developing it to actual skill and using it in a competition is another thing all together.


Talent is one thing developing it to actual skill and using it in a competition is another thing

/don't call my Shirley
 
2014-07-26 12:10:57 PM  
The poster-boy for getting American prospects into European academies.  Nobody wants to stop developing their skills by 16.
 
2014-07-26 12:12:23 PM  

Princip's Sandwich: Gosling: Jagodina only came after he flunked trials at Blackpool, Stabaek and AZ Alkmaar.

The guy's going to end up in the Faroe Islands or playing indoor soccer before he's done. He's 25. He's still got time to fall further.

Calling it now: He's going to be playing for the oldest club in world football. Yes, Freddy Adu shall be a brand-new signing for Sheffield Football Club in the coming years.


He probably wouldn't qualify for a work permit anymore.  He hasn't made a senior international appearance for three years.
 
2014-07-26 12:54:03 PM  
The thing I took away from that article is that Bimbo Bread, the most unfortunately-named bread ever, is sponsoring the Union.
 
2014-07-26 01:02:56 PM  
Well, Adu.
 
2014-07-26 02:07:19 PM  

orange storm: He suffered from the same thing that almost got Michelle Wie, insane push at the very start of their career. Then almost the same amount of joy when they falter.


A Hawaiian friend told me she could try to hook me up with Wie. I had to explain to her that it wouldn't work considering she wasn't 18 yet and thus would make the hookup slightly illegal.
 
2014-07-26 06:05:02 PM  
Imagine how good this guy could have been had he, instead of signing with Major League Soccer at 14, gone to a European club with a noted track record for developing players...like Ajax, Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Milan, hell even placed like Benfica.

He'd have been able to compete against players his age and skill level, in a professional setting.  He'd have been able to play in competition again players all over the world of his skill level.  Then, at 19 or 20, after 6+ years of professional training, he might have been better suited to become a full-time professional.  His skill at 14 was undeniably world class.  It's a shame it was wasted before he hit his mid-20's.
 
2014-07-26 06:40:32 PM  

HideAndGoFarkYourself: Imagine how good this guy could have been had he, instead of signing with Major League Soccer at 14, gone to a European club with a noted track record for developing players...like Ajax, Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Milan, hell even placed like Benfica.


Reportedly, Manchester United took a long look at him, even having him in-house for a while, and said no.

Nobody on the outside knows for sure the reason why, but my guess is that they have seen enough young players to know the difference between prodigious talent and precocious development.
 
2014-07-27 12:22:50 AM  

Lifeless: The poster-boy for getting American prospects into European academies.  Nobody wants to stop developing their skills by 16.


For Adu, maybe, but right now we actually have domestic academies. We can send a guy to Bradenton, we can probably send them to Kansas City before long, the MLS teams all have minor-league affiliates in the lower tiers. If you keep using Europe's academies, you're always going to be subservient to Europe. You want it done the way you want it done, do it yourself.
 
2014-07-27 01:11:07 AM  
One of the Italian teams (AC Milan ?) wanted him in their academy when he was young. Since he is not an EU citizen and under 18 yrs his mother would have had to move to Italy with him.  She was reluctant as she had won the green card lottery and hadn't received citizenship yet.  Moving to Italy would have disqualified her.
Big disadvantage for US kids are the EU rules.  They are needed though as some kids from Africa were dumped on the street when the academies didn't want them anymore.
 
2014-07-27 02:31:40 AM  

Masta Beta: They are needed though as some kids from Africa were dumped on the street when the academies didn't want them anymore.


That assumes they even make it to the academies. Or to Europe. You toss some shyster "agent"- the clubs don't know who he is and barely give him the time of day when they meet him, if they meet him- filling some poor kid's head with dreams of big-time glory, he asks the family for what basically amounts to their meager life savings for passage to Europe and then just strands them wherever the hell and takes all the kid's soccer-related paperwork with him, basically meaning he can't sign with any club anywhere anymore (you never hear of a stranded player actually eventually finding his way onto a club, do you? There's a reason for that). Some of them don't make it out of their home country. France is glutted with the kids; some of them wind up exploited for sex.
 
2014-07-27 10:06:08 AM  

Gosling: France is glutted with the kids; some of them wind up exploited for sex.


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2014-07-27 11:57:47 AM  

czetie: HideAndGoFarkYourself: Imagine how good this guy could have been had he, instead of signing with Major League Soccer at 14, gone to a European club with a noted track record for developing players...like Ajax, Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Milan, hell even placed like Benfica.

Reportedly, Manchester United took a long look at him, even having him in-house for a while, and said no.

Nobody on the outside knows for sure the reason why, but my guess is that they have seen enough young players to know the difference between prodigious talent and precocious development.


his trial at United was in 2006, for two weeks.  At that point he was 17.  I'm talking about when he was 14, instead of signing with MLS.
 
2014-07-27 08:06:05 PM  

HideAndGoFarkYourself: his trial at United was in 2006, for two weeks. At that point he was 17. I'm talking about when he was 14, instead of signing with MLS.


Here's an interesting sidenote: In England, an astonishingly small proportion of players who represent their country at U18, U21, or other youth levels ever amount to anything professionally.

It turns out that the English "developmental" system is really good at identifying kids who are early developers, and advanced for their age -- in many cases, merely born early in the year for whatever the cutoff is -- rather than identifying talented kids who could benefit from structured development.

Freddie Adu is just an extreme case of that.
 
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