Nowak spent enough time with Adu, and enough time in Europe. Knowing the player coach Nowak explains us what could of and what should of happen with Freddy Adu carrier in Europe?
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The youngest player to appear in United States professional sports since 1887, and the youngest player in MLS history ever to score a goal Freddy Adu as prodigy had potential to become world class player.
Exactly 2 weeks later he scored his first MLS goal against MetroStars. Later that year he won MLS Cup with D.C. United under coach Peter Nowak.
After 3 seasons with D.C. United, for 2007 MLS season he was transferred to Real Salt Lake, but only for 11 games. On July 30, 2007 Benfica issued an official statement announcing that Freddy Adu had been transferred to their club. At the time we all thought that was big step for at the time 18 years old Adu.
Time showed that contract may be lucrative, but this step was too big for his age.
In Portuguese powerhouse Benfica Lisbon, he learned quickly what in pro soccer competition for roster spot really means. In Benfica jersey Adu played just 11 games and scored 2 goals, and one year later was sent on loan to French club AS Monaco.
Monaco reserved his rights to purchase Freddy Adu after 1 year loan, but prematurely. In May 2009, it was reported that Freddy Adu would be returning to Benfica at the end of the 2008–09 season, as Monaco had declined purchasing the young forward outright.
US National team coach Bob Bradley called him for Gold Cup, but on July 8, 2009, after participating in the Gold Cup game against Honduras, he returned to Benfica. 7 weeks later on August 31, 2009 Benfica announced that Adu will spend the 2009–10 season on loan at Portuguese club Belenenses. At the end of the year 2009 newly appointed Belenenses coach Toni released Freddy Adu from the club.
On January 6, 2010 Adu signed an 18-month loan deal with Greek side Aris Thessaloniki F.C., but even that did not sustain for long. Last summer unhappy Adu was already looking for another club in Europe.
Benfica hold rights to him, but at this time, they are not interested in his service. He went for trial to Sion in Switzerland, but not even there a loan contract was offered.
On Sunday January 30, 2010 Steven Goff of Washington Post reported that once very promising midfielder-forward Freddy Adu will go on loan to Rizespor, a Turkish second-division club.
He is still just 21, but apparently, this is the lowest point of his 7 years pro soccer carrier.
Adu has 15 caps and 2 goals for senior U.S. national team, but he also played for Under-23 NT, Under-20, and Under-17. He represented United States in 5 international youth tournaments. The last one was 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where he was re-united with his first pro coach Peter Nowak.
Adu has solid fan base in US, but crowd is asking louder and louder, what is wrong with our Freddy?
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