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Freddy Adu training in England with Blackpool

Jan 30, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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Seriously, how difficult is it now to keep up with all of Freddy Adu’s whereabouts?

He’s in Portugal, right? Or, wait … no! He went to Brazil. That’s it!

What? He’s already been run out of there, too? Oh … so … back in MLS, maybe? We heard he was in the D.C. area around Christmas time. So, perhaps to a fourth MLS club?

His wandering career has been a sad litany of stops and starts, attached to an alarming geographical variety.

Turns out, the guy is training in England with Blackpool. For those keeping score, this would be his 10th team and sixth country.

But it probably won’t be. Because the chances that Adu, 24, actually catches on with the mid-table Championship side (the Championship is England’s second tier) seem pretty slim.

If he couldn’t make an impact at Philadelphia (the most recent MLS stop), and couldn’t last more than a few months for Bahia in one of Brazil’s lower tier state leagues, he’s going to be a longshot to catch on with a club in England, where the establishment and supporters frequently value hard work and tackling in the midfield as much as technical craft.  That sure ain’t Adu’s game.

Besides, he might struggle to get a work permit.

But, hey, at least we know where the guy is now.

  1. lavatomy - Jan 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    I’m guessing Blackpool is Adu’s new team he always dreamed about playing in?

  2. die Fußball-Kater - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    The Professional Foul’s opinion on the matter:

  3. midtec2005 - Jan 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Well… good luck to him.

    Years ago he should have swallowed his pride and gone to a league where he would get PT (no matter how low it is). He might have actually developed under that scenario.

  4. hildezero - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    That Savarese guy said it best: It’s not that he flopped or just burned out. It was, because he was overrated at a desperate time in MLS. The quality was too low and the league needed something special.

  5. mvktr2 - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    When he returned from Turkey’s 2nd tier to Philly I said he should have stayed in Turkey. I think the best place for him to be is Mexico’s 2nd div. The attacking, open, but structured style that’s the foundation of Mexican soccer would or would have been, as it’s too late, a perfect match for him. Oh well, like water under a bridge …

  6. miles2773 - Feb 1, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    Have not seen Freddy on field lately, but look at film of when he was with Philly and he was the best midfield server they have ever had. PU lacked offense for the season, Freddy would have provided that. Freddy’s issues are not talent, bad management and entitlement attitude possibly. Some say he doesn’t track back, BS. No one on PU can dish like he could.

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