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DAVID SMITH - Friday, July 30, 2010
Freddy Adu will not be joining Swiss Super League club FC Sion, the team confirmed on Friday afternoon, leaving his future for the approaching season still in limbo.

Adu had spent several training sessions with last season's fifth-place finishers, with the team having confirmed on Thursday that a decision was imminent. After further evaluation, however, they have decided to pass on the 15-time capped US international.

"Having trialed for a few days at the Valais-area club, the young striker Freddy Adu, property of Benfica, will not become a part of Sion's roster," the team confirmed via an announcement posted on their website.

While seemingly impressed with his skill, the club indicated that young attacking player does not fit their needs for the already-underway season.

"Despite his undeniable quality, the American player does not fit to the needs searched for by the club at this time," the announcement concludes.

Sion sporting director Frederic Chassot confirmed the team's evaluation while giving some more insight to the role they had been looking to fill. "He's a quality player but he is not the type of player we are looking for," Chassot told YA, elaborating "He is not the number 9 we are looking for."

Adu will presumably return to the Greek city of Thessaloniki, where he is currently on-loan with club FC Aris. However as head coach Hector Cuper has made it clear the former DC United player does not fit into his plans, his search for a new club for the upcoming season will continue.
Luca
Saturday July 31, 2010 2:11 pm
Amazing how many Americans are so ignorant to confuse Switzerland with Sweden
drew
Saturday July 31, 2010 7:35 am
Obvisously, his biggest problems are his attitude, training and laziness. He's not good enough to keep around if those three things are his biggest problems. I believe the same thing is what kept Jozy Altidore from playing for Villareal, Xerez and only featuring occasionally for Hull.
cbb1217
Friday July 30, 2010 9:15 pm
he's too slow and small. has some technical skill, but i wonder if his training habits are bad.
Carlos
Friday July 30, 2010 2:15 pm
I remember all the big hype on Adu when he came into the scene as a 14 year old teenager. The problem here in the States is that we made it a huge story. In Brazil, Spain, England this is nothing new. Kids are being developed into their game at this age. But since here in the States we hype a lot of things the pressure got to him. It's amazing how FC Sion didn't want him, and it's nothing bad he only had a limited amount of time to impress the coaching staff. I only hope that catches on with a team that will actually give him time to develop his skills and not on the bench.
ozotkd2001
Friday July 30, 2010 1:37 pm
Wow this is really bad, Cmon Adu come back to MLS, Castillo is doing it, trying to revive his career, you need to do the same. Let that ego down be humble and come back. You are still young, SAVE YOUR CAREER, FACE IT YOU ARE NOT DOING IT IN EUROPE!!!!!!!!!
kimo
Friday July 30, 2010 1:33 pm
A little inside info...

1) Adu's handlers have done an incredibly poor PR job. Through them, he comes across as a bit arrogant. In Europe, it's a big turn-off, especially since his on-field production has been nil.

2) He's had a slew of unprofessional actions since he's been in Europe....at every stop along the way. In Greece, the final straw was Adu being significantly late to an away flight during the Greek play-offs.

3) His wage bill is too high. Aris is stuck with him unless they can get someone (another club) to pick up part of the tab. Best guess, Sion wasn't willing to pay up for him.

4) He's not fit and CLEARLY not a practice player. In Europe, both are big no nos.

5) He's best suited as the CAM in a 5 midfield set or a withdrawn striker in a 2 striker set. Either way, defense has never been his game. Playing in his natural position would imply that a coach would be willing to hand over the keys of the car to him, which has clearly NOT been the case. As a result, he's often played out of position. He's NOT a winger!!!

Unless he's willing to restructure his contract (lower wages) or get some team to pay up for him, he'll be in limbo for quite some time.
c(.)(.)p
Friday July 30, 2010 1:22 pm
It's very rare indeed for anyone to REALLY live up to their hype. Sure, the obvious exceptions are Tiger Woods and Lebron James. But other than these two and a few others, there are a lot of people who, while successful in their own right, have failed to achieve the levels of success placed upon them. Let's hope Adu finds a new lease on life.
Avaheli
Friday July 30, 2010 1:16 pm
My guess is that he cost too much. It seems like Adu has priced himself out of the market. He's good, but unproven. I don't know why Benfica doesn't like him. Portugal seems like the perfect place for a small, quick technical player. I've been hearing about Adu for so long it's hard to comprehend that he probably is going to be around for another 10 years.
mario
Friday July 30, 2010 1:00 pm
the problem with FREDDY ADU is his style of play.he plays more like the latin teams do.short quick passes ,and great ball control .many EUROPEAN teams dont play like that .they play more physical and long balls into the area. even BRADLEY does not know how to use him.his best choice is to either go to ITALY ,or SPAIN.he is still young .he just needs the right coach in the right team in order to succeed in EUROPE.
cudevil
Friday July 30, 2010 12:47 pm
Not Sweden--Switzerland...even bigger ouch.
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