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ISAAC HEATH - Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Freddy Adu has only been with his new club Belenenses for a few weeks, but the former DC United midfielder seems to be fitting in well after seeing his first playing time this past week in the Portuguese League Cup.

The American desperately hopes to play regularly - and play well - for there to be any chance of convincing Bob Bradley to make room for him on the plane to South Africa next summer.

"It's a new opportunity here and I'm loving it," the 20-year old midfielder told YA after the match. "It felt really good to be out there again playing."

Outside of a brief flurry of game action at the beginning of the 2007 season, Adu has been glued to the bench the last two seasons with both Benfica and Monaco. However, Despite the short amount of time he has been with his new club, he is optimistic the environment at Belenenses will help his career get back on track.

"It is a great group of guys and I really like my coach," added Adu. "[Coach Joao Carlos Pereira] is always straight forward with you and tells you exactly what he wants out of you, and I like that."

In his first appearance, Adu certainly made a strong case for more minutes with his performance on the field. During only 26 minutes of play against Rio Ave, the young American was a spark for Belenenses, setting up three golden opportunities that his teammates were unable to put away.

"I hope I did enough to get more chances," Adu optimistically concluded. "But we shall see."

Adu's next opportunity will come on the October 4th against Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon, as he hopes to help Belenenses climb out of the gutter of the league after a poor start to the season.
Cheesy Valdez
Wednesday September 30, 2009 4:24 pm
Ghana offered him a big opportunity in the 2006 world cup, Freddy said no.
Tom in Chicago
Wednesday September 30, 2009 1:24 pm
Reality should have set in by now. Adu is at his 5th club team in less than 3 years. He was lucky to even get the fifth club team opportunity after the way things have gone everywhere else. It is always the same story. It is always the coach's fault, he is always playing out of position, the US National Team or youth teams should have given him a few thousand more minutes of playing time. Lets face it. Adu may well be through and US Soccer should face the consequences of a gigantic write-off now rather than later. Many more talented US players have gotten little or no playing time, including Cooper, Jaqua, Rolfe and others because Adu was always getting the opportunities. I really doubt Adu is going to do anything with his new club so he has no business being on our squad at the 2010 World Cup, if we even make it that far.
Wednesday September 30, 2009 9:23 am
Can't believe Adu is good enough to be on the WC roster.
The US infrastructure continues to try and make him into something he is not.
I suppose they value Nike and the dollars they offer.
I believe they also are still trying to justify the labeling put on Adu at an early age.
He, like Donovan, does not have the necessary athleticism to play at a meaningful level.
Altidore has the strength but not the technical ability.
Tuesday September 29, 2009 4:36 pm
if lady luck is finally on freddy's side and gets to play on a regular basis,bradley hopefully will jump onboard and let him play.can you imagine how potent the offense would be if freddy,landon,dempsey,davies and jozy could mesh!now throw in holden and torres and watch our boys run amok while the fierce jones and the backline of demerit,goochy,spector and castillo devour all who dare to aproach howard.ahhh...a man can dream
Tuesday September 29, 2009 3:42 pm
Keeping our fingers crossed Freddy. I hope all of that potential finally shines through at the club level, and then to South Africa.
Tuesday September 29, 2009 9:17 am
Freddy was not glued to the bench in 2007. He played in 21 matches, and did all right for himself. The Portugese style suits him very well. As long as the coach doesn't ask him to do things he can't do - you know, play defense? - Freddy will shine there.

And he did play well last week. Finishing with a pulse should have guaranteed one goal. Mediocre finishing would have netted Freddy a pair of assists. Good finishing and Belenenses would have had three goals off Freddy's foot.
Giovanni Ventura
Tuesday September 29, 2009 8:31 am
That`s it Freddy: do the job man!! You know, and everyone who believes in you knows you can, and more.

Looking foward to see you in at the World Cup 2010!

One of your greatest fans!

Tuesday September 29, 2009 8:02 am
Keep it up Freddy. Very soon you will be on fire and the US national team will need that explosiveness come South Africa. Press on.

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