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Benfica Loves Freddy

Adu scores again in Benfica's 3-1 league victory over Academica:

By Steve Goff  |  November 25, 2007; 9:49 AM ET
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As a former neighbor of Freddy's, I am very happy to see that he is starting to live up to all of the hype and expectations. Go Freddy Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: DC United Fan | November 25, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

http://futebol.videos.sapo.pt/bWwMWKvi89pecr0OGBNZ

This a little longer clip. It shows that Freddy did pretty well in the build-up, and that ball had a pretty funky spin going in.

Posted by: NamelessFaceless | November 25, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Nice goal! He played 30 mins yesterday and he looks already a way better player than when he arrived..he's more confident with the ball now, and adjusting well to european football.. He seems happy, and that's essential for any player's performance..

Posted by: Nelson | November 25, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Clearly his time in DC taught him something about manipulating spin. Great to see him doing well.

Posted by: just sayin | November 25, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Should have passed!

Posted by: Richard | November 25, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I remember Nowak showing him how to spin the ball like that so that it would go in off the post if the keeper touched it. Poitr's coaching is the gift that just keeps on giving.

I just hope that Fro is practicing the same skill over at Mason. I wonder if the NSCAA could combine with the USSF to include teaching that skill as a part of the Advanced National/A Coaching Licenses. We could make it part of our soccer culture.

Okay probably not very funny, but you know that things are going your way when the ball bounces out, and then back into the goal. I guess we should just enjoy the fact that he is on a roll.

Posted by: Happy | November 25, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, give it a rest guys! 99% of goals have some sort of luck involved. You make your own luck in this game. Freddy made a nice run to space, put himself in a position to shoot, and made a low accurate shot that the goalie barely got to.

Posted by: timoteo | November 25, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Did you see the spin on that ball!? Moreover, did you see the mustard on that ball!?! That was great stuff!!!:)

Posted by: BigWave | November 25, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Someone please remind me again what we traded him for?

Posted by: Glaucon | November 25, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

DCU received allocation money, which was used in part to acquire Emilio and Fred, and a future draft pick. Also, when Adu went to Benfica, a portion of the departure compensation given to RSL by MLS went to DCU to use toward future acquisitions.(Rimando-for-Nolly was part of the trade as well)

Posted by: Goff | November 25, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

It was very nice of Binya not to stomp on Freddy's leg during the goal celebration.

Posted by: Jamie | November 25, 2007 6:29 PM | Report abuse

YEA - great goal freddie - ya think Bob Bradley was watching that game??

Posted by: bob | November 25, 2007 7:31 PM | Report abuse

very nice goal. Are people going to cool it with the 'he's a bust!' talk yet? He is maturing well and seems like his head is on a bit straighter these days.

It makes me even more excited about his future in the USMNT.

Posted by: papa bear | November 25, 2007 9:44 PM | Report abuse

funny, I thought DC parted with him to get the poison out of the locker room air. And if that money brought in Emilio and Fred, so much the better. Freddy is talented as hell, but his time had passed at DC.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 25, 2007 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I love that apparently joined Benfica from DC United. I guess that the press has acknowledged Freddy's wishes to forget that time he spent in Salt Lake.

Posted by: TCompton | November 26, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Freddy has scored 5 goals in 10 appearances, mostly entering in the last third of the game. I'd love to know his goals per minute average. Will he be able to keep that up if he becomes a starter?!

Posted by: AlbertHall | November 26, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I bet Freddy's rate is going to go up really high because of all the goals he scored and they are big ones too. Benfica paid $1.5 million, i think. His value is going to go somewhere $5 million and up when someone is ready to buy him. I wonder if Sir, Alex is watching his progress since he had a training at Man U!

Posted by: td | November 26, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Some Adu stats, asked by AlbertHall:

League Matches: 4 games; 63 mins; 2 goals. He has the best goals/mins ration in whole league..scores every 26 mins.

League Cup Matches: 3 games; 175 mins; 3 goals. Scores every 58 mins.

Champions League Matches: 1 game; 28 mins; 0 goals.

Overall: 8 matches, 267 mins, 5 goals. Scores every 53 mins. Only started one game , used as a sub in on the other 7. All games against first division teams.

Posted by: Nelson | November 26, 2007 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Some Adu stats, asked by AlbertHall:

League Matches: 4 games; 63 mins; 2 goals. He has the best goals/mins ration in whole league..scores every 26 mins.

League Cup Matches: 3 games; 175 mins; 3 goals. Scores every 58 mins.

Champions League Matches: 1 game; 28 mins; 0 goals.

Overall: 8 matches, 267 mins, 5 goals. Scores every 53 mins. Only started one game , used as a sub in on the other 7. All games against first division teams.

Posted by: Nelson | November 26, 2007 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Nelson, great job getting that info. If league matches are 63 mins total, then goal every 32 mins...Awesome

Posted by: AlbertHall | November 27, 2007 10:25 AM | Report abuse

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