- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On December 29, 2009
- 2 Comments
- 2010 Allocation List, Freddy Adu
So it is a slow news day and I’m nearly thinking of taking the rest of the year off here. Still I wanted to post some extra thoughts on Freddy Adu and where in Major League Soccer he could go to. SBI posted some teams earlier and I wanted to add to it along with giving my thoughts on the teams already mentioned.
The teams in the discussion are Dallas, DC, Philadelphia, New York, RSL and Houston. Right away I’m throwing out those last three. New York makes little sense to me even though they are known for their poor decisions in roster choices. RSL fans have already let it be known to me that they don’t want Adu back, not even for dirt cheap. Houston only makes sense to me if they do end up losing Stuart Holden but even then I don’t really like the idea of it.
So that leaves Dallas, Philadelphia and DC from Ives’ list. I’m going to go ahead and throw a couple names in the hat that weren’t mentioned. Now you may like the idea or hate either way its a discussion piece.
I’m thinking along with those three others that could be interested would be Chicago, Chivas, Columbus, Colorado, and San Jose. Now given the fact that a couple of those clubs definitely won’t want to spend a lot on Adu they make a bit of sense because of their needs and how Adu plays.
Here’s my reasoning for each (along with further thoughts on the other three):
With Blanco out of the picture this season for the Fire this bunch will need a playmaker in the midfield. Now whether or not you believe Adu is a playmaker he would provide some impact in the midfield for sure for the Fire. With Logan Pause and John Thornington in the midfield along with Adu that would create a midfield that I’d like to see if I were a Fire fan. Adu would have space to create and be able to set up with Patrick Nyarko and Brian McBride up top.
Chivas needs some flare in their attack and Adu could very well bring it for them. I’ll be honest, Chivas was the last club I came up with here in trying to find a destination for Adu. It’s not a sexy pick for either side really but it’s one that could work. I think Adu would do some good under Martin Vasquez.
Colorado has lacked a playmaker or an impact midfielder since they traded away Kyle Beckerman. With guys like Colin Clark in the midfield adding Adu would make some sense as it would help facilitate the attack to Conor Casey and Omar Cummings. Question is would Gary Smith be able to handle a hot-head like Adu? Its a risky pick but it could also help sell some seats out in Denver.
I only put the Crew down here if they do end up losing Guillermo Barros Schelotto. If GBS stays then just ignore this thought.
Ives brought up Dallas as a likely destination for Adu and to me it really does make the most sense. While Dallas does not necessarily need Adu right this minute he would be someone that could contribute in the midfield if David Ferriera isn’t re-signed. Not to mention he would easily help sell some seats at Pizza Hut Park.
All the points Ives brings up about DC are good ones. They need a midfielder to create in the attack in the badest of ways right now. Plus I do think that new manager Curt Onalfo would really help Adu get back on track. He did do good things with Eddie Johnson. I’d say he could do similar things with Adu.
I honestly love the idea of Peter Nowak and Adu reuniting here. It sounds crazy but with Union being the top team in the new MLS Allocation Order it will be up to them to decide where Adu goes. I’d be willing to bet he’d fit in quite well with the new expansion team though.
San Jose Earthquakes
This could either be Bobby Convey 2.0 or it could be a welcome change that really helps the Quakes and Adu out. San Jose needs a boost in their midfield that they hoped to get out of Convey and Adu needs playing time.