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Sage of the Soccer P
LA, California
Post #16
Tuesday July 7, 2015 9:35pm

Joined May 2014
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I want to audition for the voice over in the 30 for 30. I'll tell my agent to keep an eye out for it! Lol

skangles
DC
Post #17
Tuesday July 7, 2015 11:21pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,439
As the camera slowly pans across yes another empty stadium set to dramatic music...

I'll keep my eye out for party flyers in the DC area.

dolcem
Post #18
Wednesday July 8, 2015 3:28pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,805
When he got starts right off the bat at KuPS I really thought maybe he was getting his act together and that he might even sort of salvage his career, in the sense of being a player that plays in a relatively decent league (as in he might move to a better Scandinavian league). The fact that he was so out of shape that they demoted him to the reserves and he quit before making his way back into the first team shows that he is completely lost. He's 25 and he still doesn't get it. He has absolutely no drive, no desire to be a professional soccer player. He's done for. I can't believe his agent has been able to get him all of these gigs but I think this was the last one. Next stop is NASL and he'll be done playing professionally before he's 30. Di Maria signed with Benfica the same summer and was the same age and the same type of player. Imagine what could have been...imagine what our team would be like if we had a quality #10. Makes me sick.
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db707
Post #19
Wednesday July 8, 2015 3:39pm

Joined Oct 2013
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Freddy at this point is like a washed-up and lifelong professional wrestler, living off his name and past glory while working independent shows at high schools because he doesn't know anything else. Actually going to agree with admsghs27 for once, if he has people in his life who care about his future, they'd be telling him to give up the ghost and go pursue a career in another discipline (may still relate to soccer, or it may not). It's over in terms of playing soccer for Freddy, but in terms of his life he has plenty of time and can still shift gears.

USAGunner
West Palm Beach
Post #20
Wednesday July 8, 2015 4:00pm

Joined Jul 2013
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He obviously doesn't have people in his life that have a clue. If he did they would have straightened him out by now. Told him to settle down and work for his place. But it's pretty clear they all think that he is entitled to that position too. Either that or he just doesn't listen to them.
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2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #21
Wednesday July 8, 2015 4:48pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,417
He is still getting paid to play, so why would he stop?

dolcem
Post #22
Wednesday July 8, 2015 7:23pm

Joined Nov 2012
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My question is who advises these kids?

Anyone with any knowledge of soccer would have told him to go to Inter's youth academy.

I remember in 2010 when Jozy was presented with three loan options: St. Etienne, Olympiakos, and Hull. Anyone with any knowledge of soccer whatsoever could have told him the first two options (a mid-table French team, in a league that tends to utilize strikers similar to Jozy, or a top of the table Greek team, where at least he'd get tons of service), would be fine choices. They also would have told him that Hull is probably the worst possible place for a young striker to develop. His job there would be to win flick-ons from the defense's unguided clearances, since that's the only way they were able to move the ball past the half-way line. He be lucky to even enter the penalty area more than a handful of times per game, and every time he would get the chance to shoot he'd remember it for weeks. After the disaster at Hull he goes to the perfect place, the Eredevisie, and then goes to play at Sunderland! F'ing Sunderland! How could he not learn from his mistake?

And why did he end up at Hull in the first place? Michael Bradley told him to. He said that "you learn a lot about yourself by playing for a team threatened by relegation" and Jozy listened and to Hull he went.

I think what this demonstrates is that because the sport is so new in this country, the level of soccer literacy is quite low. Very, very few people grew up watching the sport on TV and discussing it with their male relatives. Heck it was really difficult to find soccer on TV until a few years ago, and back then DVR didn't exist so it was tricky to watch even when it was on. Even though Bradley played in Europe, it's not like he grew up following the Premier League and talking English footie with his mates. Michael didn't understand that ideally, a young striker should play for a team that doesn't have troubles generating chances for him to practice his finishing, runs, or technique. His knowledge of the game came from playing as a bruiser #6 or #8, and that is where you actually can learn a lot by playing for a bottom-table team like M'bach.

That's a bit of a rant but the USSF needs to create a special adviser position that is insulated from the interests of other parties and whose sole job is to help these kids pick where they should play. Because simply staying in the MLS until you're 25 is not the way to go, either.
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USAGunner
West Palm Beach
Post #23
Wednesday July 8, 2015 7:36pm

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Dolcem,

excellent post.
One discrepancy though. Your last line. Even though for most it probably isn't the best option to stay in the MLS. For some (depending on the club and it's situation) it could be the best option.
For a FW staying in the MLS and building confidence with a club that is intent on your growth and getting goals, is better than many situations overseas. So depending on what offers you have, that very easily could be your best option. Confidence means a LOT for Strikers.
Also I don't think the MLS is a bad place for DM's to ply their trade.
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dolcem
Post #24
Wednesday July 8, 2015 8:04pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from USAGunner

Dolcem,

excellent post.
One discrepancy though. Your last line. Even though for most it probably isn't the best option to stay in the MLS. For some (depending on the club and it's situation) it could be the best option.
For a FW staying in the MLS and building confidence with a club that is intent on your growth and getting goals, is better than many situations overseas. So depending on what offers you have, that very easily could be your best option. Confidence means a LOT for Strikers.
Also I don't think the MLS is a bad place for DM's to ply their trade.


True. I didn't mean to say that the MLS is always a bad place for a young player to develop, I just meant to say that the adviser should be impartial to MLS interests. The MLS wants to hang on to any player in the national team picture as long as it can, even if that's not what's best for his career. I'd like to see the kids get advice from someone that doesn't answer to the Don, someone whose only interest is what's good for the USNT (ie whatever makes that player the best he can be). When guys like Luis Gil choose Real Salt Lake over Arsenal, you really wish the USSF had someone really knowledgeable of the sport talking to these kids about these kind of decisions.
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TheTruth
Post #25
Wednesday July 8, 2015 9:46pm

Joined Dec 2013
Total Posts: 950
Yeah, not sure why he'd quit getting paid for playing a game. And go work at McDonald's?

Obviously, he should continue to get paid for playing a game as long as possible. UNLESS, he's reasonably intelligent (don't know, but I can't imagine he's well educated since soccer has been his life since he was 11) and motivated (we know this isn't true) and then he could go to college and have some kinda career outside of soccer.

The kid probably isn't hurting for money. He's still a big brand name. All publicity is good publicity. Plenty of endorsements that the little freak could squeeze out.

TheTruth
Post #26
Wednesday July 8, 2015 9:47pm

Joined Dec 2013
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Like Gary Coleman with CashCall.

USAGunner
West Palm Beach
Post #27
Wednesday July 8, 2015 9:52pm

Joined Jul 2013
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His net worth is $12 million. I think he is doing ok.
He essentially in his life has made $65k per appearance and $444k per goal.
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dolcem
Post #28
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:18am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,805
According to SBI, Adu is signing with the Rowdies!

What do you think, will this be his last club? If he can't hack it in the NASL, who else will sign him?
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skangles
DC
Post #29
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:21am

Joined Jan 2013
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Original post from dolcem

According to SBI, Adu is signing with the Rowdies!

What do you think, will this be his last club? If he can't hack it in the NASL, who else will sign him?


Maybe an Indian team or some other league that just wants any attention than can get. He is very quickly running out of options. He needs to get back ibto game shape and he should have that opportunity with the Rowdies.

hamsamwich
Post #30
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:30am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 3,203
As I said last week he would end up with Rongen in Tampa... Freddy's enabler comes to the rescue again.

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