- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 23, 2007
- 2 Comments
It looks as though the Freddy Adu era in the MLS is about to come to a close. Young Adu is about to land a nice deal with a very good European club possibly sometime this week.
Benfica, the Portuguese powerhouse is set to offer the MLS a hefty amount for Adu’s services. The MLS owns the rights to Adu’s contract and they are reportedly asking for around the $7 to 8 million range according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Adu’s time in the MLS hasn’t been as grand as the hype surrounding him when he signed into the league a few years ago as a young 14-year-old soccer prodigy. Many people figured that by now at the young age of 18, he would be dominating the league and winning titles every season. However he only won a single MLS title during his time with the league, in his first season, a season that he spent plenty of time getting to know the benches in RFK Stadium.
But in the recent FIFA U20 World Cup, Adu stole the spotlight and showed us the glimmer and the dazzle that we expected out of him against the likes of Poland and Brazil. I recall in the Brazil game where he set up the game winning goal to Jozy Alitdore, that was some special skills my friend, go to youtube and search for that goal, his set up is something to be amazed over.
I think this move is only for the best. His time in the league was never good enough for anyone I think mostly due to the war of words he shared with former DC coach Petr Novak and the lack of talent surrounding him in Salt Lake City. Going to a top club like Benfica can only improve the skills that Adu already has and will help him become a player in the national team here in the coming years before the next World Cup.
He still has plenty of growth and going to Europe only helps improve that growth that he won’t be able to get here in the states sadly enough. His expectations won’t be as high and he won’t have to carry a team on his back. I think down the road he will return to the MLS, sadly enough again, in his last days as a professional player. But you have to think this is a good move for Adu and for the league, and quite frankly for Real Salt Lake who will get plenty of dough to spend on his departure.
You thoughts and feelings on this move? Should he be going to a better club/league? You think he will help Benfica out?