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Sunday, October 11, 2009
Freddy Adu is expected to get his first start of the season when Belenenses host Nacional on Monday at Estadio do Restelo in Lisbon.

Belenenses head coach Joao Carlos Pereira will be utilizing a 4-4-2 formation with Adu to start up front for the struggling Portuguese club who currently sit 14th in the league standings with six points.

Monday's game is a make-up match between the two clubs and it stands to provide a golden opportunity for Adu to showcase his attacking skills.

The absences of Yontcha due to a knee injury and fellow forward Fredy who is with the Portuguese Under-21 team are requiring Pereira to fill a slot up front with the loanee from Benfica.

The head man could certainly use a spark from his offense which has been anemic during this year's campaign with just four goals scored.

To this point on the young season, Adu has seen action in one Portuguese Cup match and one league match with both appearances coming off the bench as a second half substitute.

The former DC United man played well in Belenenses' 1-0 Cup loss to Rio Ave but went largely unnoticed in a scoreless draw at Sporting Lisbon.

A victory for O Belem would help torpedo the club up the league standings to within striking distance of the top five.

Aside from the aforementioned players out of action for Belenenses, Pereira should be able to count on a full squad.

CD Nacional head coach Manuel Machado will be without a slew of players out on international duty including Algerian defender Rafik Halliche, Angolan forward Mateus, Slovenian midfielder Nejc Pecnik and midfielder Joao Aurelio who is also with the Portuguese U-21 squad.
John
Monday October 12, 2009 5:25 pm
I watched the game on the internet. Freddy was playing as a second forward in a 4x4x2 formation. Nacional where dominating the midfield so he was not seeing much of the ball. Had a few good runs one of which resulted in him being fouled and Belenenses got a free kick in a great position.
Not exactly sure why he was taken off at half time but Belenenses had a better second half without him. Unfortunately they lost 1-0.
He just seems too small and not quick enough. Not that size should be a factor, look at Messi!
Just wish he would get more playing time to see once and for all if he still has what it takes. The commentators said that since he is not seeing much time at Belenenses he may be loaned out to new team when the transfer window opens in January.
Bret
Monday October 12, 2009 4:32 pm
He got pulled at halftime... it's early, but it's looking more and more like Freddy will be heading back to the MLS... he doesn't have what it takes to play in Europe anymore.
jonk
Monday October 12, 2009 3:47 pm
There is still a lot of football to be played before SA, but you're right. Even if he does have a renaissance year at Belenenses, there is only so much room for creative, diminutive players in Bob Bradley's system.

It's crazy to think how back in 2006 people were clamoring for him to be in the 23 and there was talk of Ghana stealing him away with promises of being in their WC squad. And yet he's still on 20.
Tony P.
Monday October 12, 2009 3:21 pm
Freddy won't be going to SA
timothy ballard
Monday October 12, 2009 1:16 am
This is news, we need our guys to get PT to prepare for SA.
tal
Sunday October 11, 2009 11:36 pm
How sad that this is "big news".
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