Posted November 07, 2013

Freddy Adu set to be seeking another new club after Brazil bust

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Freddy Adu

Freddy Adu is set to be on the move again after Brazilian club Bahia reportedly elected to not renew his contract. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Freddy Adu is about to be on the move again.

Brazilian club Bahia will not be extending Adu’s contract, which expires at the end of December, the website of Lance! reported Thursday. Adu, 24, joined the club last April but barely played, and his departure from Bahia is being attributed in Brazil to “technical deficiency.”

Bahia was Adu’s ninth team in 10 years as a pro. Once regarded as one of the world’s top prospects, Adu signed with D.C. United and debuted at 14 in 2004 as MLS’s highest-paid player. Adu has never established himself at the club level, though he did start the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final for the U.S. in a 4-2 loss to Mexico. I wrote an article on Adu in SI magazine at 2010 that looked at the trajectory of his career.

What’s next for Adu? After making some calls on Thursday, I learned that for now the NASL (the U.S. second division) is not a destination that is currently on Adu’s radar screen. One possibility may be Mexico, which could potentially suit Adu’s playing style and has been the site of career revivals for U.S. players like DaMarcus Beasley and Hérculez Gómez.

Other leagues could present themselves as destinations for Adu in early 2014, including MLS. For now, though, Adu remains a cautionary tale of being given too much too soon.

31 comments
MarcoBastian
MarcoBastian

Let's not forget that Freddy's been dropped from 8 different teams and he's only 23, so many more to come.

Ianwoodville
Ianwoodville

Let's not forget that Bahia is one of the worst run soccer clubs in the world.

RickPotts
RickPotts

Freddy has been around a professional environment long enough to know what he has to do to see the field on a regular basis.  He has had smoke blow up his @ss to for way too long.  If he has not figured it out by now, I fear he never will.  What a waste.

jdfgsasdfds
jdfgsasdfds

I always said he was going to be a flop, I didn't realize it was going to be this bad though.  I remember when people were saying he was going to make Donovan look like a joke.  I've never been so disappointed to be so right......

Bob Ocean
Bob Ocean

who cares there are many other players who didn't live up to the hype in the beginning but regain their form later in their career

4130mojo
4130mojo

In 18 months Freddy will be playing for Kelly's Pub.

salvaje50
salvaje50

Too bad.  I remember that 2011 Gold Cup Final. Adu was one of the few U.S players who was aggressive with the ball.  He made a a lot of plays in that game. 

hugo7
hugo7

How long will the U.S. media keep ignoring the OBVIOUS truth about Freddy Adu? Anyone with two working brain cells and some experience watching soccer knows it: Adu WAS NOT 14 back in 2003. He looked like an out-of-this-world talent because that's what happens when a 20-something plays against teenagers. Why did he stop growing at 14? And more importantly, why did his skills decline as years went by? The answer is simple, he PEAKED back then. Right now he's probably 34 years old and will soon retire.

M20
M20

It's about damn time he drops his contract demands, takes the ego/$$ hit, and comes back to MLS. If he can find a team in Mexico and make a bit more, then great. But if not, just forget the money for a little while and freaking play.

Davos1
Davos1

Honestly, playing in the NASL in front of 4,000 people, and against scrubs who couldn't hack it in MLS, is the perfect ending for Adu's career. He belongs at the bottom in D2.

mrfrogburger
mrfrogburger

From day 1 I said this would not work out. He may be technically good but I think expectations were set too high for him. HE's paying the price. And tactically he's not good.

Paulinho
Paulinho

Technical deficiency? lol I've watched Bahia and Adu is much more skilled than the scrubs they throw on the field. It's probably due to a lack of effort or maybe because they got a new coach.

jdfgsasdfds
jdfgsasdfds

@Bob Ocean yeah but don't you remember how much hype he had?  They were calling him the next pele

JoshHallatt
JoshHallatt

@4130mojo Paddy's Pub has squashed all their beefs and is now looking to get a team together. He should give Frank Reynolds a call.

ohsaywhatistruth
ohsaywhatistruth

@hugo7 That's all conjecture. Until you provide a birth certificate and get him convicted for fraud, I call it baloney.

Veritas5
Veritas5

@hugo7 People have been writing about it for years, but there's no proof so legit journalists cannot just speculate.

To me, it is obvious that Adu is 4-5 years older than what he says he is.  And, it is equally obvious that every club has already discounted Adu's future ability by accounting for that age gap (which is why he will not be signed by any decent club).

jdfgsasdfds
jdfgsasdfds

@hugo7I I was discussing the same thing earlier today.  I know some players peak early but no player peaks in their teens.

MorganKuhn
MorganKuhn

@hugo7  your almost spot on, he was probably 16 or so when he was "14", birth records for people born in ghana and other nations in africa are shady at best, if you want to know an even worse case look into obafemi martins, hes not really 28, its more like 34 and its documented look into it....

jdfgsasdfds
jdfgsasdfds

@M20 Why play when you can get payed more to sit on the bench?

juwan
juwan

@M20 That was tried with Philly.  He was even playing there for the ONLY coach to ever get him to actually develop and improve his game, which Nowak had done at DC United from 2004-2006.  But even at Philly, which sucked at the time, he couldn't get on the field, even though he was grossly overpaid as always.  Nowak once famously said while at DC United, "He's 17, but he acts like he's 12 and trains like he's 35."  Terrible teammate, uncoachable, with poor work habits.  What is he supposed to do in MLS?

jdfgsasdfds
jdfgsasdfds

@mrfrogburger they only thing he's good at technically is dribbling but he can't shoot, pass, cross etc.

JerryBelle
JerryBelle

@mrfrogburger - You write that he may be "technically good", but the Brazil team that released him said it was due to "technical deficiency".  You want to clarify your statement?

jdfgsasdfds
jdfgsasdfds

@Paulinho scrubs?  Brazil's 2nd division is better then MLS is and Adu couldn't even get on the field for phili, one of the worst MLS teams at the time.  Adu is terrible, there's  a reason he can't see the field and goes from team to team, he just isn't good.

usamnt
usamnt

@Paulinho Like many nations, if you're a foreigner, you need to be a star or near star-caliber. Brazil doesn't waste time with Gringos that don't bring anything extra to the table when they have 10 million 20 yr olds that can do the same thing. There are dozens of Adu's in Brazil that are technically strong but can't help a team in a coached, professional environment. The sad thing is, the USA wasn't ready from a structural level to deal with a 13 yr old as off the charts as he was. He needed to be in a professional academy by age 11 and he wasn't.

mrfrogburger
mrfrogburger

@jdfgsasdfds @mrfrogburger Well let's not exaggerate. He can pass and cross but he may not be consistent and may not be able to choose the right action to take at the right time. That's what I meant by not being good tactically. 

mrfrogburger
mrfrogburger

@JerryBelle @mrfrogburger Sure. He was good for the MLS a decade ago but back then he was not even as good as young teens being trained in Europe. And tactically he's very deficient. He had the talent but I don't think he got the proper training. I'm from Europe so I never understood the excitement for this guy when I got to see him play in his very early game. I saw the problems right away then.

RickPotts
RickPotts

@jdfgsasdfds @Paulinho Really?  I have NEVER watched a pro game in Brazil without at least two red cards.  You have a much higher opinion of the brazil pro league than I do.

mrfrogburger
mrfrogburger

@RickPotts @mrfrogburger @JerryBelle No it doesn't. But when you start playing as a kid and watch tons of soccer for 30+ years, you get a sense of who's good and who's not. And I've been right on Adu since the first time I saw him play. Period.

RickPotts
RickPotts

@mrfrogburger @JerryBelle Is the fact that you are "from Europe" supposed to qualify you as a credible football talent evaluator?  To me you sound like another know-it-all blowhard with an accent.....