Monday, January 31, 2011
Freddy Adu's European escapade has taken another turn as the American attacking midfielder has joined Turkish club Rizespor on loan until the end of the season.

Terms were agreed upon earlier Monday between the Turkish 1. League club and Adu's parent club Benfica.

The loan agreement ends months of speculation of where Adu might end up following his failed loan at Greek club Aris.

The Maryland native had trialed last fall with Swiss club FC Sion plus had spent time training in Denmark with Randers and in Germany with 2. Bundesliga club FC Ingolstadt.

Rizespor currently sit in third place in Turkey's second flight just two points behind leaders Orduspor and Samsunspor.

The top two from the 1. League receive automatic promotion to the Turkish Super League.

"Freddy Adu is on loan until May 31, 2011," confirmed Rizespor Club Co-Dierctor Timur Yeni to YA.

Adu will hope to make his debut with Rizespor on Saturday versus Denizlispor.
Friendly Canadian
Tuesday February 8, 2011 12:27 am
I have seen with my own two eyes that Freddy Adu is the best field player on the US national team when playing with the first team regulars. I can't understand how Americans would bash their best player. Mexicans do not do this with Dos Santos. He may be an average player in several categories but that's better than the majority of the US team. Sounds like people would prefer Robbie Findley? Or Ricardo Clark? Even Landon Donovan didn't make it in Europe until he was 28. Adu should return to the US.
Thursday February 3, 2011 1:28 pm
Freddy may have suffered from poor advice and Freddy may lack what he needs attitude-wise to break into somebody -- anybody's first team. Afterall no matter who you are as a player you must earn your place in the pitch. All this misses the underlying fundamental problem with analysis of Freddy's stalled career. He is undoubtedly much older than he claims. I have friends from Ghana who told me this when he was touted as the wunderkind 14 year old and is clearly plain to see. I've coached so many young men over
The years and I've never seen one single young man who did not develop physically beyond 14 years old. The truth about Freddy is plain to see. He certainly was done no favors by those that set him on this path a long time ago.
Tuesday February 1, 2011 1:48 pm
It's about money. He does not want to cancel his contract with Benefica, because he is getting paid well. If he comes back to MLS he is not going to get paid as much as he is making now. Unfortunately that choice is hurting his career. It seems like he has the wrong people telling him what to do.
Mike E.
Tuesday February 1, 2011 1:36 pm
Freddy Adu has become Freddy A Don't.
Tuesday February 1, 2011 6:54 am
He needs a team he can play for, 2nd divsion turkey not the best but whatever. He should just get back to MLS. I think he could start in MLS with two expansion teams, talent getting thin.
Doug NJ
Tuesday February 1, 2011 2:43 am
Fred needs to comeback home to an expansion MLS club help with exposure and he can get playing time. He should not think about Europe unless hes dominating the MLS which is still a maybe. He's young enough but now is messing in overses leagues that are probably worse than the MLS. IDK if it's his attitude or his handlers about not trying to comeback to MLS til he regains his form. I'm sure with MLS expansion lately there will be a team to bring him in. I think he got too played up when he was 12-16 then when the game became more physical 17+ he needed time to get stronger since he had the skills just needed strength and stamina.
Monday January 31, 2011 11:14 pm
I have a hard time believing that a kid who hasn't developed physically or much in terms of soccer since age 14 was really age 14 when we thought he was. I know there is no evidence to support this theory, but since he was born in Ghana and I can doubt the veracity of their documents, I don't need more evidence than the fact that he hasn't grown an inch or developed as a player from age 13 to 21. If he is really 2-4 years older than his stated age, somehow this is all easier to accept, that America's soccer phenom didn't pan out.

USMNT program is burned by Ghana again!!! D'oh!
Monday January 31, 2011 9:19 pm
Height/Weight/Strength: Below Average
Speed/Quickness: Average
Fitness: Average
Defensive Effort/Ability/Organization: Below Average
Passing: Above Average
Ball Handling/Decision Making: Below Average
Finishing: Average

This pretty much sums up what I saw in his time in MLS. He was excused then because of age. But now he doesn't have any more excuses. He just isn't a good professional player.
Ricky D (Astoria Queenz)
Monday January 31, 2011 6:36 pm
This is the worst and does he actually think the Turkish 2nd Division is better than MLS? Would he even make a team here if he came home? That is the question.
Monday January 31, 2011 5:42 pm
I have to agree with Eric.

Some kids develop on an accelerated trajectory, but they don't necessary maintain that velocity beyond their peers.

Like many academic "prodigies" who take off big when they are young, peers on a more normal developmental trajectory eventually catch up and often overtake them.

I have a hard time seeing how this analogy doesn't apply to a 5'7" 140# player like Adu -- same height and weight since age 13.

I know, I know, it's not just about the numbers. It's just hard to ignore the possibility that he just lacks the physicality to compete with grown men. A weight room and aggressive strength training can help this, but I don't know if it will make a difference for a player with Adu's style.
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