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BRENT LATHAM - Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Freddy Adu's abrupt dismissal from Portuguese team Belenenses has come as surprise to more than just his fans, as an official at his permanent club, Benfica, told YA.

"Adu has a loan contract with Belenenses until June 2010," a team representative who insisted on remaining anonymous told YA after hearing the news that the much-travelled forward was headed back to the Lisbon team after an unsuccesful spell in Belem.

Benfica would seem to have no room for the wayward Maryland native, who spent a frustrating year on loan at AS Monaco in France before the latest spell at Belenenses.

Adu played only 81 minutes in the fall term after what looked like a promising situation quickly went awry.

Newly appointed head coach Toni sent Adu, and Brazilian younster Igor, on loan from Spanish Liga team Sevilla, packing as he planned changes headed into the second half of the season.

Benfica's ambivalence over the return of the former DC United and Real Salt Lake prodigy suggest another move may be in the cards in January. Adu has fallen completely out of the picture for the US World Cup team, and would need a near miraculous resurgence to make the plane to South Africa.
Friday January 1, 2010 11:29 pm
Where exactly is Freddy going to? What Club?
Friday January 1, 2010 12:14 pm
Let's face it...Adu is totally over rated. He was created by the Nike marketing machine. He's an average player at best. And when I say average, I mean in America's soccer sense - not in the world's football sense.
Friday January 1, 2010 8:26 am
See you go to Benfica to ruin your career. He should of went to Porto
Friday January 1, 2010 1:16 am
Adu ... what a buch of loosers in that belenenses team!!! no wonder portuguese league is su a lower tier league in europe,,, Belenenses is in last place!!!!! they should get rid of the crap players that put the team there not adu they didnt even give him a shot!!!!!! he clearly has nothing to do with the team being such a piece of crap... he didnt even play!!!! fire the morons that played and did nothing,,, Adu does have attitude problems towards coaches and i know that's why they don't give him a shot, personal reasons,,, if my team was as BAD as this belenenses team i would defenetly give this kid a shot asap, before i got rid of him.... defenetly coaches personal problems with him,,, he had that problem here in the US.
Thursday December 31, 2009 6:03 pm
It is sad to see this happen, but it appears that Freddy has some decisions to make. I am sure he is aware that he needs to see playing time to even think that he may have a chance at South Africa.

What Freddy needs to do is make the best decision for him. He is still so young and at this point may be better by humbling himself a bit and just find a spot in Europe where he can actually play. Instead of focusing on first division teams, it may be time to look at smaller clubs in smaller leagues. It would be better to build ones confidence and move forward from there.

To those who would could Adu out of the USMNT, that would be a bad mistake. This team is lacking solid CAM. Adu can fill that slot and while he may be a liability to some extent. He will create more chances for the forwards up top. Adu and Altidore have played very well together coming up through the system. It would be wise for Bradley to take a look at that as well. Keep in mind that Davies is still out and very likely not to make the trip to S. Africa based on recovery and fitness from his injuries.

It may be a long shot but he still has a chance....
The Wimpy Holigan
Thursday December 31, 2009 1:47 pm
Freddy needs to go to a league that will play him and develops young players. I think the Dutch league would be a good fit.
Thursday December 31, 2009 1:25 pm
Bret G, you are 100% correct. This kid should not have been playing in any pro league at 14, and he is nowhere near the talent that we are all trying (for 5 or so years now) to believe he is.
Thursday December 31, 2009 12:23 pm
How does an outstanding performance in the U20 world cup, ex. against Brazil where he killed, not translate into minutes, and success over the following couple of years? If you watched him play in the U20 cup then you have to realize the guy has talent. Surely, playing against professionals must be quite different then playing against your own age and that could be the difference. The impression I get is that he is too self-absorbed and I think he should just forget about this summers World Cup and go to a lower division Spanish team or anywhere that has good coaching and can give him minutes.

I have no facts but the rumors I read always have been about his lack of defense and apparently some lack of work ethic in training.
Brad H
Thursday December 31, 2009 11:08 am
I think it is time for him to go to Denmark get back to playing and if he struggles there it maybe back to the US. I like him and believe he is good after watching him in that under 20's world cup. He needs to play now and be sent somewhere where he can be positive and Denmark is it. He is running out of time and Leagues.
Thursday December 31, 2009 1:29 am
It's clear that Freddy isn't in Benfica's immediate plans, and there looks to be no way for him to make the bench for next summer's party. I don't think returning to MLS would really be much help to his game and likely wouldn't do enough to get him back in with the Nats... but he just can't keep being loaned out to teams that clearly have no interest in playing him... he needs to go to a smaller team than Benfica and if that means asking out of his contract well that is what he'll have to do. He's still rather young... but that won't be the case forever and he's hardly the first can't miss young player who hasn't made the grade... still if he was at a smaller club that actually wanted him and in turn actually played him... well that would be a healthy thing.

As it stands I doubt that he'd even get a call up for this National team camp... and it's certainly looking like seeing sausage before it's ground... mostly hoofs and horns.
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