Never say never right? And never say something is done forever as well, right?
Well, in the case of Freddy Adu and Major League Soccer, the time may have finally reached its peak where the two sides should just say they are done with one another for good.
Adu (finally) parted ways today, officially that, with the Philadelphia Union. He is now set to move to Brazil at the young age of 23-years old. Yes, he is still only 23 and is on his ninth team.
Esporte Clube Bahia in Brazil is picking up the tab on this one, a move that one has to hope and wonder if it will finally spark his career in the right path again. Philadelphia sure as heck didn’t do it. Neither did his other stops before that.
In 35 games with the Union, Adu picked up seven goals and tallied two assists. Not exactly lighting it up.
Sure you could argue that he hasn’t found the right system for his skill set. Or the right coach. The attempt with Peter Nowak failed twice in MLS and the short time with John Hackworth didn’t last long at all. Adu was off the team’s plans by the end of the 2012 MLS season and was pretty much shown the door before the New Year rolled in.
So is it time for MLS to say enough? I think so. Even at his age I think so.
We know the story and how it began. Adu was young, talented and badly over-hyped by everyone. It wasn’t his fault in some respects but we always knew he wanted to be in Europe. And when that failed for him, he made the wise move to return home. But at some point he needs to evaluate his self worth as a player and a member of a team. No one wanted the Union to pay what they were paying him (DP money). The Union didn’t want to pay it either. They were willing to sit him out, away from the club for the first three months of the year with him eating salary until someone came in and bought them out.
Its tough to see a promising player go from MLS but at this point, he’s done enough in MLS that fans won’t miss him that much. He’ll likely return here some day, and I do hope at that point he lands in the right situation for him. One that sees him play, produce and win.