Friday, August 24, 2007

Hey Freddy you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind, Hey Freddy!

As we all know, Freddy Adu, Landon Donovan's successor as US Soccer's golden boy, made a summer move to Benfica. Interesting story below about what Freddy has to prove at Benfica. The author is a bit harsh about the Adu-hype machine, but I do agree that its time for Freddy to deliver on the field, and if his performance at the U-20 WC is any indication, I think he's a good bet to impress.

My biggest concern is whether he falls victim to the age old problem of having to impress a new coach who is likely to bring in his own favorite players, and who has nothing invested in the players already with the team:

I for one am stoked to see what Freddy can do with regular training with high-level talent. He'll be 21 at WC 2010, so there's no reason to think he can't make the USMNT and contribute.

1 comment:

Scotto said...

I think the experience will be helpful for him, but I don't expect him to thrive right away. I think this could be a situation more like Bobby Convey's when he first went over to Reading. He was all high on himself, but his manager (Coppell) firmly yet productively put him in his place. A hard-working year later Bobby's contributing massively to the best Championship run ever. If only Freddy had a Coppell around. Point, though, is that he'll need time to try and adjust. And, I hope he realizes, he still has to work his butt off.

Watch out Freddy, Jozy's about set to claim your poster-boy spot.