28 December 2011
The well traveled US youngster Freddy Adu is on the move once again to train abroad. However this training stint has a different feel to it, as Adu actually has a settled club situation, playing in the MLS for the Philadelphia Union.
Adu is set to train with La Liga side Rayo Vallecano through the first week of January. The Spanish outfit who sit in the 16th position, only one point above the relegation zone, apparently had interest in the young American playmaker prior to his move to the MLS.
Freddy Adu. Trying to find a starting point to comment on his career is like trying to analyze the complex psyche of Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (if you haven't read the books or seen the movie, do one of the two, if not both, immediately).
Freddy Adu has all the talent in the world but has yet to find his groove at the club level and as a result has not excelled on the international stage either. Adu was supposed to be tearing up the pitch, scoring big goals and delivering world class passes, raising US Soccer to new, unimaginable heights. He was supposed to be the American Messi, the savior, the ultimate #10, but instead he has all but vanished from international football, leaving soccer pundits questioning his form and non-soccer enthusiasts saying, "what ever happened to that Freddy Adu character, did he get hurt?"
Now, his move to Spain is not a historic transfer to Barcelona, instead a simple training stint with a mid-level La Liga side. Even though this is not a monumental news story, the training stint is another important stepping stone in Adu's career, a spot where he has failed too many times before. If Adu can even impress during a few training sessions, a future La Liga move could be in the works and sometimes that's all that it takes to springboard a career- one big move to a major European League.
Before I get too far ahead of myself though, Adu MUST put together an All-Star type season in the MLS. One in which he is a regular in the Union's starting 11 and a season where he's consistently doing the little things (making the correct runs, maintaining possession) along with the big things (7-10 goals, 10+ assists) day in and day out for his club. After that happens we can talk, but until then we can only hope and wonder what could and SHOULD have been.