BENFICA PUZZLED BY ADU DISMISSAL
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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.
Brian
Wednesday December 30, 2009 9:49 pm
Germany? Adu would get the sh*t beat out of him in Germany. He's not big enough or tough enough. Same goes for England and Scotland. I say try Scandinavia, or the Netherlands. Problem is, no one is interested. Come back to MLS, Freddy if you're serious about getting playing time and getting your career back on track. It's better than constantly riding the bench (or not even making the bench).
Luis Ramon
Wednesday December 30, 2009 5:22 pm
Landon Donovan was patient (a few tries in Europe) and became poster child of MLS something Adu should have done something in the same line. Patience is a virtue and I am certain when Donovan carrer is over he made not have brought in millions like Beckham as a player and other European footballers but there will be a place for him somewhere in the MLS. Perhaps, Head Coach for Beckham's new franchise team? God Bless America!!!!
Creige
Wednesday December 30, 2009 3:48 pm
Hard to believe that he can't get in with a Netherlands club. After coming back from Monaco he should have asked to be released from his contract - no doubt Benfica would have said yes - and then he could have chosen a team that really wanted him for less pay.
Dantheblue
Wednesday December 30, 2009 2:43 pm
Clearly this young man is not NEARLY as good as he thinks he is and his work habits, I'll bet BIG money on, are really beneath what a professional footballer should have. For him to fail in EVERY place that he played except for the U20's is a very good indication that Mr. Fredy Adu had better figure it out in a hurry. I rooted for him when he was 14 and have tried to keep him in a positive light while I continue to TRY and root for him but I'm losing interest. I hope that he does figure it out because I am a FIRM believer that hard work and 100% effort 100% of the time lends itself to success.
Bret G
Wednesday December 30, 2009 2:17 pm
Why are there so many fans of this kid? He has proven nothing so far and has failed everywhere he's been. HE IS NOT MAKING THE TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA peoples... wake up. I understand the kid is talented offensively but he's a huge liability on the defensive side of things. He needs to go to a smaller league somewhere or back to the mls and start from scratch before he becomes too much of a headcase.
mario
Wednesday December 30, 2009 1:47 pm
i guess portugal is not working out for ADU.time to move .try GERMANY.and dont give up.ADU still good , and has 6 months to get ready for the world cup.
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