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Freddy Adu Gets 2nd Caution for Simulation

Posted on 14 May 2012 by Kyle Alm

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Freddy Adu is the next Zolo to train in Europe

Posted on 28 December 2011 by Breton Bonnette


Following Zac MacMath (Everton FC), Zach Pfeffer (1899 Hoffenheim), Amobi Okugo (SC Freiburg), Freddy Adu heads to Spain today to start a two week stint with a former club of Kasey Keller’s – Rayo Vallecano based in the capital of Madrid. Newly promoted to La Liga and sitting near the relegation zone, Rayo has been a long time admirer of Adu so this amounts to something in between a training stint and an audition for Adu.

Greg Seltzer reported it early at NoShortCorners.com and then Ives Galarcep picked it up and made it official near the end of the day yesterday. Freddy leaves today and barring considerable interest, he will be back before preseason starts in January. The most that will come out of this, though some fans have expressed interest in him being sold, is a spot on the manager’s transfer shortlist (like the interest expressed after Okugo’s training stint in Germany).

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Adu set to reunite with Nowak, Union get their playmaker

Posted on 11 August 2011 by Breton Bonnette

With four days until the end of Major League Soccer’s summer transfer window, it seems Piotr Nowak has found his man. Or two. And now, Freddy Adu not dressing for yesterday’s USA vs. Mexico match-up at Lincoln Financial Field makes a little bit of sense. It appears the one-time Benfica man will link back up with former head coach Piotr Nowak for another go at things and sign with the Union according to Ives Galarcep at Soccer by Ives. His introduction will be tomorrow and the word is, he will not be signing as a Designated Player.

There is also word another signing or two is on the way – apparently a striker.

Adu showed well at the Gold Cup, despite the surprise call-up,  and though his club situation never really panned out overseas, it’s clear the youngest player ever to sign with Major League Soccer still has a long career left in front of him. It should be interesting to see how Nowak deploys him.

UPDATE: Steve Goff of Soccer Insider is reporting that Adu will join on a long-term contract. Chivas USA was very close to signing him as a DP but at the last moment, owner Jorge Vergara decided against the move.

Adu will be introduced at noon tomorrow as the newest Union member. Ives Galarcep reports that in no way are the Union done in the transfer market.

What do you think of the signing? Surprised? Like it? Hate it?

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POLL: Player announcements tomorrow. Who will it be?

Posted on 19 January 2011 by Breton Bonnette

See below for details or head to Philadelphia Union.com:

Join Philadelphia Union as TWO new team members are officially introduced to the public on Thursday, January 20 at Fado Irish Pub in Center City, Philadelphia. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., the program will begin at Noon, and there will be autograph opportunities. We hope to see you there!

WHAT: Philadelphia Union will introduce their newest team members

WHO: Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, Team Manager Peter Nowak and the new team member will all be in attendance

WHEN: Thursday, January 20th, 12:00 p.m. EST

WHERE: Fado Irish Pub, 1500 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102


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Freddy Adu

Posted on 13 October 2008 by Steve Long

Freddy Adu, who began at DC United as a 14 year old professional, spoke after the Oct. 11 U.S. Men’s National Team’s 6-1 rout of Cuba about returning to DC and his continued growth as a player.

Like DaMarcus Beasley, he is small and relies on quickness and guile to make his game. As a very young professional he would frequently get pushed around. He and Danny Szetela returned to Bradenton for two successive winters and Adu put on 10 pounds, mostly on the upper body, on each occasion. He went so far as to have his own gym in his home in Potomac and charted his progress as he developed.

He has progressed since then, “You’ve got to get stronger in your lower body and that’s what I’ve been working on. I’m not as easy to push off the ball anymore. Keep your balance and be quicker. When you get one step on a person, you gotta go. You can’t let him get his body into you.”

He has balanced strengthening his weakness with emphasizing his quickness, “You’re a smaller player so defenders are gonna want to hit you, because they’re much bigger and they might not be as quick as you. Whatever you’re gonna do, just do it quicker and just go.”

He had said when at DC that he had learned from Jaime Moreno to push off the defender before the defender could do the same to him. While he still often went down, his lower body strength has given him more confidence, “That’s all it is. Just anticipate it and then when the defender hits you, you can’t go down.”

At first, he would often not get the calls he might expect because he seemed to go down too easily. He has learned the value of demonstrated persistence, “You gotta try and keep your balance. Sometimes it’s gonna be a foul and you got to go down. But, most of the time now I just try to stay up on my feet.”

He was warmly received by the crowd as he entered and after the game, and has a nice Barra Brava tee shirt as a souvenir. He was clearly happy to return, “Unbelievable, unbelievable. After the game, I just stood there. This is where I started my career. It brought back so many memories.

“The fans were absolutely amazing. The best fans in MLS, hands down. I just stood there. I almost wanted to cry. Just hearing the crowd chant my name, it was unbelievable. I really appreciated that.

“DC United is a family. Every time one of their players comes back. Esky was telling me when he came back last time, they gave him a great, great welcome too. If you’ve played here, you’re part of the family.”

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