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Freddy to Monaco

Olympic-bound Freddy Adu has been loaned by Benfica to Monaco. Read about it here. His mother, Emelia, confirmed the move to the Insider and said Freddy might hold a news conference from Olympic training camp in California later this week to discuss it. Reached by phone today, Freddy said he was headed to practice and couldn't talk.

What do you think of his move from Portugal to the principality?

By Steve Goff  |  July 21, 2008; 6:23 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Logical step for many players. Benfica is a big club with a strong 11, difficult to break in for any young player - they are half getting him some minutes, half shopping him around for payday transfer.

Posted by: El Pichichi | July 21, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

The guy in charge at Monaco is an American or at least lived here along time or something like that.

Anyway good move for Freddy as long as he gets some playing time.

Posted by: Carlos | July 21, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Good for him. Who cares?

Posted by: bob | July 21, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Excellent move. Mid-grade team. Lots of chances especially considering his MNT form.

Posted by: Robert | July 21, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

"Good for him. Who cares?"

Why bother to post a response like that. Clown!

Posted by: Smart Guy | July 21, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I think it's a good move, especially if he gets significant first team action. I also think he would be alright at Benfica because remember, he's still only 19. He doesn't necessarily have to be a starter. It was just tough following games and never seeing him go in, and then you stopped following games because he wasn't getting any time at all. That was frustrating considering his productivity towards the start of the year.

Posted by: Cyrus | July 21, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Bone scan!

Posted by: pigman sweet | July 21, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/soccerinsider/2008/07/oly_allstars_santino_and_clint.html

As I wrote that day, Pablo Aimar's move to Benfica would signal Adu's move out of town. I think it's only a positive, if he's moving to a team that wants him. He'll have the chance to play there. The style of play may suit him. DCU could send Gallardo back there to help out. And bring back Gomez....

Posted by: Fisch Fry | July 21, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Gallardo can share his experiences in Monaco with young Freddy

Posted by: Glaucon | July 21, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

He's also moving to one of the world's most beautiful stadiums, the Stade Louis II.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/athletics/1679132.stm

Posted by: seahawkdad | July 21, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't take much for Monaco to jump up to European competition -- 11 points.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | July 21, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

he needs to play first team football and it may never happen in Portugal so it's a great move.

Posted by: tex | July 21, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

The change in coaches really left Freddy on the outs at Benfica. Aimar's arrival just compounded the problem.

For what it's worth, Ligue 1, top to bottom, is stronger than the Liga Portuguesa. Benfica is a stronger squad than Monaco, sure, but regular playing time against good teams can't be a bad thing. Plus, residing in Monaco means Freddy's contract is 100% income tax free.

Too bad Ligue 1 is no longer being carried on...was it FSC or GolTV?

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | July 21, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Smart move - should mean more playtime...

Posted by: bobf | July 21, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

All in all this is a good move. Freddy played well early in the season, then was out of the country with National Team duty when the first change in manager took place. That didn't help his cause.

I hope to be able to catch some of his matches online at some point.

Posted by: Brava Rookie | July 21, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Ligue 1 is on Setanta Sports in the US, I believe. I wish I could watch French football - prefer it over most of the Italian crap on FSC.

Posted by: the cheat | July 21, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

The coach is on his 12th team. Let's hope he sticks around long enough to play Freddy.

Posted by: RK | July 21, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Klinsmann's old club!

Posted by: owendylan | July 21, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Get Setanta Broadband, Cheat. You can watch League 1 live or via archive.

And I don't know why Pablito Aimar's acquisition would affect Freddy's standing in Lisbon. Aimar is a #10 and Freddy plays wide or at striker. Adu just doesn't seem to be in their plans at the moment, but Monaco should be a nice temporary move.

Posted by: Kev | July 21, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else notice the article mentions Michael Bradley as another target of Monaco? That would be awesome if they could get a partnership going in central midfield (Freddy's always said he wants the CAM slot, not wing or striker)

Posted by: Skyler | July 21, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

Any word on the fee that Monaco will have the option to pay for Freddy's services after the termination of the loan agreement? If you don't have a figure, is there the sense that Benfica will make a few Euros even though they condemned him to the bench last season?

Posted by: Nic | July 21, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Its good to get him to a club where he can get some playing time. Odds are not good that he will ever return to Benefica but if he devlopes somewhere else then its good for him.

Posted by: Tom R | July 21, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

November 15

Bocanegra's Rennes take on Freddy's Monaco

Now, go away or I shall taunt you a second time.

Posted by: AM | July 22, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

He's also moving to one of the world's most beautiful stadiums, the Stade Louis II.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/athletics/1679132.stm

Posted by: seahawkdad | July 21, 2008 7:11 PM
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Yeah, no kidding! Setting aside the career implications (though I agree that it's a good move if he plays), how cool would it be to be 19, living in Monaco and playing here?

That might even be a better stadium location than Poplar Point! ;-)

Posted by: KR in DC | July 22, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Another stadium location pic:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Stadion_von_Monaco.jpg

Damn!

Posted by: KR in DC | July 22, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse


Not really sure why people are putting a positive spin on this - basically Benfica are saying 'we had a look at him for a year and don't really rate him that highly.' He might get to play a bit more for Monaco but its not a step up for him and its hardly a vote of confidence in his ability.

Posted by: PC | July 22, 2008 3:14 AM | Report abuse

new coach at Benfica...again. huge crop of new players at Benfica...again. Freddy misses training camp...again (last year because he was signed too late, this year because of Olympics). going to Monaco is a great opportunity for playing time. sure, Benfica would like a massive payday if he plays brilliantly; they would also like to see him get more playing time in order to come back. Fabio Coentrao -- another slick young left-footer -- also got loaned out for a year by Benfica. no shame or negativity in any of this. just smart business decisions.

Monaco's boss de Bontin went to Amherst along with Prince Albert. Not sure if any coaches or players speak English though.

Posted by: troy | July 22, 2008 4:29 AM | Report abuse

Not really sure why people are putting a positive spin on this - basically Benfica are saying 'we had a look at him for a year and don't really rate him that highly.' He might get to play a bit more for Monaco but its not a step up for him and its hardly a vote of confidence in his ability.

Posted by: PC | July 22, 2008 3:14 AM
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Might be because... it IS positive. Plus I don't think the way you're reading the tea leaves is quite correct. Freddy is a attacking midfielder/withdrawn forward-type player. At 19, he's not going to ace Pablo Aimar out for that job, so sending him someplace where he can get playing time in a high-quality league. Not sure where "a step down" is coming from, but I can't say I'd agree.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | July 22, 2008 7:30 AM | Report abuse

It is a mystery to me why people continue to regard Adu so highly. He was a flashy kid with some good ball tricks to his name. But, as a player he is small, weak and his observation of the game has always been atrocious. He runs with the ball into blind alleys and loses it. He contributes very little to his team. He's been shipped from a good team in a bad league to a mediocre team in a mediocre league. This isn't going to revitalise a flagging career. The US has much, mcuh better youngsters coming through - concentrate on them.

Posted by: Hertsred | July 22, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

What do they have at the tailgates in Monaco? I'm guessing mimosas... It's clearly a good move, provided he gets the playing time. I think Freddy proved with his recent play in the men's teams friendlies that he has a TON of potential. He sees the field unlike any current member of that team--if you ask me sarge.

Posted by: JackieStewart | July 22, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Freddy may never live up to the early hype (which was WAY over the top) but--as noted--he is still only 19. If he can play every day for a season or two it can't help but improve his skills. He may never be the superstar that he was projected to be but he he is young enough to still develop into a solid player with a nice career.

I'm pulling for him.

Posted by: KR in DC | July 22, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the post of Hertsred above about Adu's quality. The only positve to his game is his ability on free kicks and that is about it. He has very little quickness which for a small player is a big negative and gives up the ball to easily. Many of his on ball decisions during the run of play are simply bad.

Unfortunately he is an example of someone who peaked way too soon and when he moved up into more competitive situations could not make it. The contrast between Adu and Michael Bradley could not be starker.

Posted by: Orange14 | July 22, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Orange and Hertsred, have either of you watched Freddy play recently? The U-20's, Olympic qualifiers, his couple of appearances with the Nats this year? If you had, I don't see how you could justify statements like "he contributes very little to his team" or "the only positive to his game is his ability on free kicks." Adu has been the engine of the age-level teams, and the full nats took on a completely different look when he was a focus on offense. I'd suggest watching the Olympics next month with an open mind; I guarantee you'll reevaluate your position.

Posted by: philofubol | July 22, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure how good this move can be. He's going to play for a team in a country that's about the size of Lot 8 at RFK. What kind of league/competition can they possibly have?
He'd be better off in the Bundesliga second division or the Championship.

Posted by: Dave | July 22, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

No tailgates at Stade Louis -- the only room there is to park your boat.

Posted by: RK | July 22, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

They play in the French League.
You know....France?

Posted by: Alejandro Ruiz | July 22, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Good move for Freddy. He has been the best player with the U-20s. I am really looking forward to see what he can do at the Olympics. If he can shine there it can be a stepping stone to bigger and better things. While U-23s aren't old men, they aren't boys. If Freddy can compete at that level it is safe to assume that he can do so in Monaco.

Posted by: GoldenChild | July 22, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Orange and Hertsred, have either of you watched Freddy play recently? The U-20's, Olympic qualifiers, his couple of appearances with the Nats this year? If you had, I don't see how you could justify statements like "he contributes very little to his team" or "the only positive to his game is his ability on free kicks." Adu has been the engine of the age-level teams, and the full nats took on a completely different look when he was a focus on offense. I'd suggest watching the Olympics next month with an open mind; I guarantee you'll reevaluate your position.

Posted by: philofubol | July 22, 2008 8:52 AM
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Yes, I've seen most if not all of their matches and stand by my assessment. I will be pleasantly surprised if the US makes it out of the group stage. They will get a real test against Holland who are the two time Euro under-23 champs and have a loaded lineup.

Don't get me wrong, I would love to see Adu perform well, I just am realistic in assessing his talent. I don't think he is the US savior in that regard.

Posted by: Orange14 | July 22, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

good move, especially on the financial front, he wont have to pay taxes living in Monaco.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | July 22, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

This is good for Freddy. I think he will be captain of the national team one day.

Posted by: GoUnited | July 22, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

A few comments:

1) Nobody is saying Adu is a future Lionel Messi, but to suggest that he has nothing to offer the US team is just ludicrous. He gives the US a threat that it wouldn't otherwise have. He was, by a mile, the best player on the pitch for us against Spain.

2) This move is great for him. He will get far more playing time and will face better competition on a weekly basis. That is precisely what he needs at this juncture.

3) Everyone should email Comcast asking it to add Setanta Sports to its lineup, citing the Freddy move as a reason for them to consider doing so. Here is a link that will send you to the appropriate customer feedback page:

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Posted by: km | July 22, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

What do they have at the tailgates in Monaco? I'm guessing mimosas...

Posted by: JackieStewart | July 22, 2008 8:09 AM

I wonder if those rich snobs still have Prince Albert in a can?

Posted by: garbaggio | July 22, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure how good this move can be. He's going to play for a team in a country that's about the size of Lot 8 at RFK. What kind of league/competition can they possibly have?
He'd be better off in the Bundesliga second division or the Championship.

Posted by: Dave | July 22, 2008 8:59 AM

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Is there really someone this ignorant?

Can't be....good joke, my friend. Almost had me.

Posted by: BK | July 22, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

schmuckatelli, European clubs aren't in the business of just giving away players that they think have a bright future. Plus, this idea that Adu can only play as a withdrawn forward is extremely naive. If he's going to break into a European team where this is a lot of competition for every position, he has to be adaptable enough to show that he can also play as wide midfielder and perform some basic defensive responsibilites.

Posted by: PC | July 22, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm among those that see a great deal of talent in Freddy's current play and still some potential for further improvement. Also, I don't see this as a negative move at all.

Getting sent back to MLS would be a negative move. Hey... remember how he played while at Salt Lake? It's not like he's reverted to that or anything.

This seems like a lateral move that makes sense. Besides, Monaco is a great team. Remember how excited we were that Gallardo was coming to DC from a prestegious European club like Monaco. Now Freddy goes there and some people act like Monaco is chopped liver.


Posted by: Amanda | July 22, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

just a sampling of some of the players who have played for Monaco:
Emmanuel Adebayor
Sonny Anderson
Oliver Bierhoff
Youri Djorkaeff
Marcelo Gallardo
Ludovic Giuly
Thierry Henry
Glenn Hoddle
Jurgen Klinsmann
Jan Koller
Roger Milla
Bora Milutinovic
Fernando Morientes
Christian Panucci
John Arne Riise
Javier Saviola
Enzo Scifo
Lilian Thuram
Yaya Toure
David Trezeguet
Christian Vieri
George Weah

Posted by: fig | July 22, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

while freddy adu is not a bust, he is definitely not a star player. he is not the type of player that can carry a team. now i know there was a lot of hype surrounding him and i agree NO ONE could live up to that much hype, but the fact of the matter is, freddy adu is a GOOD professional soccer player and NOT a GREAT one. the most unfortunate thing for freddy is, i don't think he will ever become a great soccer player. the olympics will show this.

Posted by: papi grande | July 22, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

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