Just four short years ago the entire sports world was abuzz with the story of 14-year-old soccer phenom Freddy Adu. He was heralded as the greatest soccer sensation since Pele and the hope of US soccer rested on his school boy shoulders. There was so much potential from such a young lad, so much in fact that the D.C. United of Major League Soccer (MLS) made Adu the No.1 pick of the 2003 MLS draft.
After well-publicized clashes between the young superstar and his coach Adu was traded to Real Salt Lake where he was promptly forgotten. The goals declined and the sports world moved on to the next young phenom story at the time I believe it was the emergence of Michelle Wie, but what of Adu?
Well, Adu turned 18-years-old on June 2, and he will make his dream of playing in Europe where soccer – ahem, football really matters come true. There is a rule in European soccer that prohibits players under the age of 18 playing in the world’s most prestigious soccer leagues, so Adu toiled under relative obscurity in the US where football is king, a sport that Adu ranks as sixth (at best) on the list of importance. It seems that his entire career has been mishandled in the
The fact probably was within Adu’s lack of ability to put “asses in seats,” rather than his ability to put balls in goals. The
Well, enough about soccer. It’s nearly July which means that U.S. Pro Football is right around the corner. We’ll have NFL preseason picks starting in early August.