Friday, June 06, 2008

Is Freddy Adu Ready for the Next Step

Freddy Adu the 19 year old phenom who five years ago was the youngest player ever signed by an MLS side may be showing signs that he is approaching the point where he is ready to put the U.S. Men's national team on his back and carry them forward.

After his outstanding performance on Wednesday in Spain, Adu showed the very flair and promise that made him a name on the soccer scene. His passing was crisp, it didn't matter if it was a five yarder or a 35 five yarder he made it. He is showing comfort on the ball.

Adu was something of an afterthought at Portugal's Benfica in the later monts of the European season, a victim it seems of the merry-go-round of managers that ran through the club. But his time on the bench, as Galarcep noted, may have put a fire in his belly. He was solid, and instrumental, in the U20 performance last year and as played a key role on Peter Nowak's U23 team that no doubt Adu will feature in Beijing. So the question is, should senior Naitonal team coach Bob Bradley feature Adu for World Cup qualifying?

Adu has certainly earned consideration. Yes, he may not be fully match fit (but then again he might be able to since we don't really know). I hope Bradley starts Adu in the center of a 4-2-3-1 line up against world #1 Argentina on Sunday. Let Adu feel the pressure of some of the best defenders in the world on him in a key playmaking role.

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