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One more stop for Freddy Adu

Mar 19, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

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It sounds as though young — yes, still young — Freddy Adu is off to see the wizardplay in Brazil.

The 23-year-old attacker will reportedly undergo a medical evaluation at Bahia with the intention of joining the club. That’s far superior to his current persona non grata status with the Philadelphia Union. In exchange, the MLS side stands to receive former Manchester United midfielder Kléberson.

It’s all still pretty unclear, though, with Bahia president Marcelo Guimarães Filho telling reporters, “If the deal is done, costs will be reduced, as Freddy Adu would earn less than Kléberson, who would join Philadelphia Union in a swap deal,” but Union chief executive Nick Sakiewicz saying that Adu has not been asked to take a reduced salary.

(Sakiewicz also reported that while no MLS team inquired about Adu’s services, the player rejected offers from Russia, Ukraine, Australia, South Korea, and Mexico. “After the third time, I stopped trying to guess what Freddy Adu wants,” Sakiewicz said. “The Korea deal was substantially more than what he’s making now.”)

Bahia, for what it’s worth, sounds excited about securing Adu’s services. The team released a statement: “The player is good, young, and could adapt to Brazilian football.”

The newest team would be Adu’s eighth club since 2007, although his first one in South America. So that’s fun. The days of Freddy Adu as the future of American soccer are over, a thing of the past that seems ridiculous in retrospect, but I still but the man might not be totally done yet. He still has the vision and the skill to make an impact, and Brazil, which offers players plenty of time on the ball, might be the perfect place for him. And well away from the spotlight. Who knows? If this works out well, he could still turn things around.

One last thought: The other day, I posted a video of an interview of Jozy Altidore conducted by Jimmy Conrad. The following exchange caught my attention:

Conrad: “Who’s the best player you’ve ever played with?”

Altidore: “Honestly? Talentwise, Freddy Adu.”

That doesn’t go away. I’m just saying…

  1. mdac1012 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    It’s hard to believe Adu is only 23, it seems like he has been around forever. The classic case of too much exposure, pressure and expectations too soon.

  2. crnelson10 - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Man. I saw that kick tv interview when they first tweeted it, and I’ve been dwelling on that answer ever since. It’s not like Jozy has never played with big players- Santi Cazorla, Giusseppi Rossi, his current crop of attackers at AZ. Or, closer to home- Landon, Clint, etc. So, Jozy is saying that Freddy Adu is more talented than any of those dudes?

    • Noah Davis - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      I know, right? I thought it was a pretty amazing thing for Altidore to say, and it explains a lot about Adu and just how talented he was and perhaps still is. Then again, Altidore saw Adu at a young age when he was probably more impressionable. But still…

      • mdac1012 - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        I know he has talent but is he really THAT talented? Or did his game just mature quicker than everyone else’s and it allowed him to dominate at the junior level and when he got older, everyone else caught up? You combine that with a less than stellar attitude and you have a guy that has been on 8 teams in 7 years.

  3. farnsworthpsp - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    The quotes from Nick Sakiewicz come from an interview with the Union CEO by the Philly Soccer Page, which can be accessed at http://www.phillysoccerpage.net/2013/03/19/sakiewicz-adu-not-asked-to-take-pay-cut/

    • Noah Davis - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Hi, sorry I meant to include a link to the piece. Added up top.

      • farnsworthpsp - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        Thanks, Noah. Appreciate it.

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