BRENT LATHAM - Friday, July 31, 2009
US national team midfielder Freddy Adu has brushed off rumors that he will return to MLS, saying that his professional future lies across the Atlantic.

Speculation arose earlier this week that Adu would be returning to MLS, specifically to join FC Dallas, when the Benfica man remained stateside to train after separating from the US national team following two games in the Gold Cup.

"No, not going back to MLS," Adu told Yanks Abroad. "I haven't even heard anything about it."

The former DC United and Real Salt Lake midfielder had spent time training in Bradenton after his departure from the national team, leaving observers puzzled about his haste to depart from coach Bob Bradley's team, given the now debunked explanation that Adu was needed in Portugal for preseason.

Adu transferred to the Portuguese giants after a sterling 2007 U-20 World Cup with the stars and stripes, but saw limited action in his first season in Lisbon.

The Ghana native was then lent to Ligue One side AS Monaco for the 2008-09 campaign, but again rode the pine most of the year.

Adu finally returned to Portugal earlier this week to begin training, with his immediate future still up in the air.
Tuesday August 11, 2009 10:44 am
Freddy obviously should be thankful to go to any team that will give him playing time.
I agree that would be better if it were in one of Europes top leagues but if it needs to be MLS, so be it.
Monday August 3, 2009 4:48 am

I couldn't agree more. MLS isn't and may never be what EPL or La Liga is but it has been very important for the growth of soccer in US and for the evaluation of prospects that may never have gone to Europe. Even if MLS uncovers one true great player that may have not gone the European route every 4 years it's worth it.

I live in Germany and I love watching Bundesliga but the 3rd level of Bundesliga, which isn't called Bliga 3, it's a regionally divided league, doesn't have the staduims or number of fans attending games that MLS does, not even close. They're lucky to draw hundreds of fans. Now when or if they get promoted then they may draw a couple thousand in B 2 but the drop-off from the serious teams in 2 that try to get promoted to 1 and the bottom feeders of 2 that try to stay above regulation is big. Money is key, without it you don't have the stadium or the fans who show up. MLS is much better than 3 level German and I'll guess 2nd level Belgium.
Saturday August 1, 2009 10:00 pm
I hope he wasn't derisive about the MLS as the title suggests.

When he actually shows me that he can hold off a physical challenge from a grown man rather than adolescents, then he can be derisive about whatever he wants.
Saturday August 1, 2009 9:19 pm
FK Pirin,
It was an agreement with Benfica that he would only play the first two games. But then they decided to leave him out of the first pre-season camp so he stayed stateside and trained in Bradenton until he was called into the second leg of preseason.
why the hate?
Saturday August 1, 2009 9:13 pm
I understand that this is a site for fans of American soccer players playing overseas, but I don't really understand the need to bash on MLS. I personally would put MLS at the top of my list of reasons why America has been able to develop a lot of talent and a solid national team program over the past 15 years. And the level of play is certainly miles ahead of the Bundesliga 3 or the Belgian second division.

And I know that European experience is supposed to polish rough young American talent, but that's not always the case. Szetela is a great example of someone who was playing better soccer when he was in MLS.

Stop hating, people. The whole "everything is better in Europe" meme is sooooooo 1999.
Ed C.
Saturday August 1, 2009 1:34 pm
any team in just about any league in europe is a LOT better than MLS! Niko Gkonis latched on to a Belgian 2nd division team and good for him! he'll do well in a league that isn't rich, but the soccer is decent and the fans are passionate.

i hope Adu stays in europe - anywhere! even if he played in Bundesliga 3, he'd be better off than Dallas or DC or any team stateside.
Saturday August 1, 2009 12:29 pm
thank god, mls is is death camp and only brings about stagnation and regression i.e (sascha klejtjan). danny sztela has now killed his career when he was once a great young prospect. adu is too smart for this and why he may never live up to the hype the only way to improve is in europe.
Saturday August 1, 2009 11:16 am

From your quotation it doesn't seem that Freddy was laughing about anything. Looks like a direct answer to me. Either way your point about haste to depart the Gold Cup and zilla's on his ability to score playing time are valid. This kid has a some explaining to do.
Saturday August 1, 2009 1:13 am
Freddy should laugh off rumors that he is returning to MLS...he couldn't secure real playing time here, either, so why come back?
Friday July 31, 2009 10:48 pm
Why didn't he stay with the national team to play games. That seems really odd. Any ideas?

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