A Few Minutes With Freddy Adu
How does it feel to be back in D.C. and training at RFK again?
"It feels great. This is where I started my professional career and, without this, I wouldn't be where I am right now. It just brings back old memories, it brings back good memories out here, some of the fun times we had with Ben Olsen, Bobby Boswell, Esky and all those guys."
Are you approaching this national team camp any differently than past camps now that you've played in the Olympics and been in Europe for a while?
"Yeah, obviously it's a World Cup and all the guys here are honored and excited to be here. There are 23 guys here, so we all have to fight for spots. The preparation has got to be that you do everything you can as a player to be in the 18 and you want to do everything you can to help this team make it to the next round. That's exactly what I am doing and that's what everyone else is going. It's been great because the veteran guys, the guys like Landon, Beasley and Gooch, guys who have been through this, have been helping us younger guys out a lot."
What is it like living in Monaco?
"Oh, it's great. It's an amazing place. It's probably one of the nicest places in the world. I'm not complaining."
How has the transition from Benfica to Monaco gone?
"It took a couple weeks to find out and to know your teammates. I've been doing well. Coach has been telling me that things have been going great and now I am just waiting for him to let me know when the right time is and getting out there and getting starts."
Since you haven't played much for Monaco, how would you rate your form at the moment?
"I'm working hard in training. Trainings are my games. I get the most out of it to keep my form up. We also play intrasquad, 90-minute games, so it keeps you match-fit."
Do you follow D.C. United closely?
"Now and then. I know things haven't gone the way they wanted, but they still got veteran leaders like Jaime Moreno here. They'll be back."
Has your mom visited you in Monaco?
(laughing) "I don't want her to visit just yet."
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