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Freddy Adu will not be offered a contract with AZ Alkmaar

Jul 13, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

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Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar will not be offering Freddy Adu a contract, after the American failed to impress while on trial. The Dutch side announced the news via their official website.

So it’s back to the drawing board for the 25-year-old. Adu has been without a club for more than eight months, after being released from Brazilian side Bahia in November 2013. Since then he’s found himself on trial with Blackpool, in the English Championship, but was not offered a contract. Former USMNT coach Bob Bradley, now in charge at Norwegian club Stabaek, brought him in for a two-week trial, but no contract was forthcoming.

Adu began his professional career with DC United, scoring 12 goals in 87 appearances. He’s yet to find a stable home since then, however. A quick spell at Real Salt Lake, combined with an impressive showing at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, proved his springboard to Europe. But despite being on Benfica’s books for four years, Adu only made 11 appearances with the Portugese side, instead being loaned out to four other clubs.

He returned to MLS in August 2011, playing for the Philadelphia Union. But a year and a half later, he was on his way again, headed for Bahia. Adu played just twice for the Brazilian side before being cut.

Adu told Dutch broadcaster NOS during the trial: “I still believe I can make it as a footballer. I’m only 25 years old. If this adventure doesn’t work out, well, there’s always something else.”

It’s a bit hard not to feel sorry for the guy.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    I remember reading about this kid when he was a teenage prodigy.

    How come things never turned out for him?

    • braxtonrob - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      No one likes to mention it (out of mercy; he’s very likeable kid), but …. he simply never got fast.
      There is a minimum amount of speed you need to have to play with the ‘big boys’ and he never got there. Some players offset their slow-footedness with size (and savvy), but obviously he’s not that big.

    • bayoor75 - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      He made a mistake of going to the MLS at 15 yo! Yes, he was talented, but even Messi did not make his Barcelona A debut until he was 18 years. He should have gone to a club in Europe and come up through the youth ranks when he was ready. He wasn’t ready when DC threw him into the spotlight. Look at Yedlin, another home grown player. Sounders brought him along gradually before making his debut at 20 yo.

      You need to learn the game. Learn to read the game. Soccer is much more than just talent and skills. Your improvment from when you make your debut to prime is minimal. You’re either talented or not. Even if you have the talent, but can’t read the game, read defenses, play in a team atmosphere and learn the nuances of the game, you’re done! And, unfortunately, DC United let him down.

  2. greenbaypackerbacker - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Put in the spotlight to soon he wasn’t ready shame such a talent was wasted

  3. mashoaf - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    He was older than he claimed. Danny Almonte style.

  4. ryanw822 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    why doesnt he just suck it up and stay in MLS? It’s like he feels embarrassed that he never panned out. Well watching him get rejected over and over again is much more pathetic.

  5. jrocknstuff - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    United didn’t do a good job bringing him along. He was a great publicity piece locally, but they threw him into the fire as a kid and really stunted his career.

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