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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS
Brad Friedel 90 minutes in Aston Villa's 1-0 victory over West Ham
Tim Howard plays Monday for Everton vs. Chelsea
Marcus Hahnemann (injured) not in the 18 for Reading's 3-1 win at Birmingham
DEFENDERS
Carlos Bocanegra 90 in Rennes' 2-1 win at Lorient
Oguchi Onyewu 90 in Standard Liege's 2-1 win over KAA Gent
Jay DeMerit plays the last 38 in Watford's 1-0 loss at Derby
Frank Simek (injury) not in the 18 for Sheffield Wednesday's 2-0 loss to Cardiff

MIDFIELDERS
Clint Dempsey 90 (goal) in Fulham's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough
Jose Torres plays final 45 in Pachuca's 1-0 loss to Gamba Osaka (Club World Cup)
Bobby Convey not in the 18 for Reading's 3-1 win at Birmingham
DaMarcus Beasley did not play in Rangers' 1-0 win over Hibernian
Maurice Edu not in the 18 for Rangers' 1-0 win over Hibernian
Danny Szetela 89 in Brescia's 1-0 win over Grosseto
FORWARDS
Freddy Adu plays the final 15 in Monaco's 4-3 loss to Bordeaux
(Monaco had a three-goal lead with about 38 minutes left)
Eddie Johnson extra time in Cardiff's 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday
Jozy Altidore not in the 18 for Villarreal's 2-1 loss to Barcelona

By Steve Goff  |  December 21, 2008; 4:55 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Freddy was a big part of Monaco's shocking loss to Bordeaux.

He unecessarily kicked a ball out for a corner that resulted in the tying goal and then got stripped and then muscled off the ball and that started the game winning counter.

I feel bad for him because he's in a situation where an American owner (Monaco) decided to try and drum up a little public relations with bringing in Adu and their coach Ricardo could care less about playing Adu.

Adu's minutes have been very few to none at all from game to game and this particular appearance won't help his case.

We all want Freddy to do well but in this case, I don't think his Agent has done him any help at all. It looked like a good move for Freddy when he left a bad Real Salt Lake team in the summer of 07', but in all honesty, it's not been a good move for him and maybe he just might have been better off playing 90 minutes a week in MLS.

Posted by: ARickey | December 21, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Who is this Freddy Adu?

Posted by: Hoost | December 21, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Who is this Tim Everton? ;-)


Posted by: Barracudas | December 21, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Jose Torres?
Don't his buddies call him Fran?
;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | December 21, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised to see Freddy move again this winter.

Posted by: alecw81 | December 21, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Goff, this is good stuff, but you are supposed to be on vacation. You have hardly slowed down since you announced you were off for the holidays. Keep it up, and I fear the wrath Mrs. Insider.

Posted by: Ron16 | December 21, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

"Howard" correction made. Thanks!

Posted by: Steve Goff | December 21, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm not on vacation until this Tuesday night. I said the other day I would slow things down this past week, which I have, and then take time off. Hoops tomorrow night, a little blogging, and then I'm out. Mrs. Insider is good with it! ;-)

SG

Posted by: Steve Goff | December 21, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

It's about time everyone realized that Freddy Adu is a good, but not great player. He lacks the size to stand up to hard, physical play. Beginning in MLS and apparently continuing in Europe he can be pushed off the ball by bigger, stronger players. Add in that his defense is, at best, average and you have a good, technical player who has very substantial limitations to his game. He should return to MLS and play at a high level here, because success in Europe is simply not in the cards in any "major" league on that continent.

Posted by: griffin1108 | December 21, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Freddy's young. Obviously, he needs to spend some real time in the gym, adding muscle to his build. He'll still be fast, but he'll be able to assert himself a little. Players with greater stature have more chance of succeeding at his age. Give him time. If he's willing to put the work in the gym and on the practice field, he will earn his place, in time.

Posted by: fischy | December 21, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, yes, here come the Freddy haters. Time to throw him out...again.

Monaco sucks. Period. There's little he can do about that. Trying to pin today's disaster on him is ridiculous. He was "a big part" of it? Oh, puke. He cleared a ball out for a corner. Big deal! Happens all the time. It's not his fault Monaco's crap defense can't keep the ball out of the net. And he gave the ball away 90 yards from Monaco's net, yet folks seem to want to pin that goal on him.

The kid can't win. He's in a crap situation with a crap team and a crap coach. Even better, how about lame US fans heap abuse on him even though he's still a kid and has shown awfully damn well when suiting up for the national team.

Good lord.

Posted by: defpotec | December 21, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Adu could use a little more meat on his bones. He's still awesome though. I'd love to see him back in the states if he can't get himself in the starting 11 overseas.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 21, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

And scratch Neven Subotic off the Americans Abroad updates.... Serbia's coach told Reuters that he's given them the nod. They're getting his citizenship papers together. Lost another one...

Posted by: fischy | December 22, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Unless that's another premature report. NY Times write-up suggest it's a done deal, but reports that Gulati claims his rep says not so.

Posted by: fischy | December 22, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Criticism of Adu isn't "hating." The guy has substantial limitations to his game. He's been in Europe two seasons and barely gets off the pine. Now, one can make excuses and say the situations with Benfica or Monaco weren't "right", but those are the two teams his agent hooked him up with. I'm assuming that Adu's agent is competent, so those two teams were the "best" deals in Europe that could be obtained. At this point, the European market seems to have passed on Adu, doesn't mean he can't be a good player elsewhere, or he could become the next Bobby Convey -- a smallish midfielder who has occasional bursts of brilliance coupled with periods of competent mediocrity. Nothing wrong with the that, but not a guy who is the cornerstone of any team.

Posted by: griffin1108 | December 22, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Why does it seem that US eyes remain fixated on the 19-year old substitute Adu, while Dempsey is quietly going 90 each week for the 8th place team in the EPL, for whom he scored yesterday?

Posted by: OWNTF | December 22, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Dempsey is quietly going 90 each week for the 8th place team in the EPL, for whom he scored yesterday...

Posted by: OWNTF | December 22, 2008 8:35 AM
______________________________
Clint Dempsey is having a good season, but the defending on that goal was criminally negligent! Still, he made the run and finished well.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | December 22, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

90 days to the opening match!

Posted by: Curious99 | December 22, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Right there with ya OWNTF. As you can see no one seems capable of giving anyone any credit without pointing out some sort of flaw.
Seems to come with the territory in the Blogosphere.
I'm sure everyone has either read this or dismissed it as Nike propaganda but I found this to be an interesting, if not long read: http://www.thisisamericansoccer.com/tias-special-guests/the-game-dont-care-6/
If anything, I at least have an idea of who he's pointing to up above when he finds the net.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 22, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I watched the final minutes of the Monaco game on an internet feed and thought Freddy's clearance (that ARickey criticizes in the first post) was quite necessary.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 22, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Why does it seem that US eyes remain fixated on the 19-year old substitute Adu, while Dempsey is quietly going 90 each week for the 8th place team in the EPL, for whom he scored yesterday?

Posted by: OWNTF | December 22, 2008 8:35 AM
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I'm not fixated on Freddy, but he has shown the ability, albeit inconsistent, to transform a game. I just don't see the same in Dempsey - the game changing ability. Sometimes he'll be the hardest working player in a game, and other times he'll be invisible. Either way, neither player, alone, is enough.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 22, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

And scratch Neven Subotic off the Americans Abroad updates.... Serbia's coach told Reuters that he's given them the nod. They're getting his citizenship papers together. Lost another one...

Posted by: fischy | December 22, 2008 12:22 AM
=================

To: Barack Obama, Robert Gates, and Hilary Clinton
From: I-270, Exit 1 on behalf of all American soccer fans
RE: Negotiating surrenders

Please include a policy in future wars that the country surrendering to the United States also cedes, to the United States Soccer Federation, the cap rights to all of its world-class soccer talent.

Cc: Joe Biden who wants to be included on all major decisions

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 22, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

The more worrisome thing is that Freddy doesn't get any significant playing time for a team that had six starters out due to injury and suspension. That puts him way down on the depth chart. The point of loaning him to Monaco was to get playing time...not the same amount of minutes he was getting at Benfica. The irony is that the French league is a good place for Freddy. Maybe the owner wanted him and the coach didn't...but he has got to get off the pine.

Posted by: LostinPotomac | December 22, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Waiting for Godot, I mean Adu

Posted by: OWNTF | December 22, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: LostinPotomac | December 22, 2008 10:01 AM

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It would be more worrisome/telling if those six out were midfielders and forwards that Freddy was competing against. If I remember correctly, Park was the only one of the six against whom Freddy was competing.

Ricardo seems to be against altering his lineup even the slightest bit, but combine that with a rising American star that the American owner wanted, and who does not fit into the coaches' system/philosophy, you have the result of Freddy seeing even less time than in Benfica.

Posted by: Josh8 | December 22, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The criticism I laid upon Adu for clearing the ball out was for clearing it for a corner rather than a harmless throw-in.

Don't know if you watched the game live or saw the link to the highlights that Goff provided, but I had a problem with it going out for a corner unecessarily. If you don't believe me, you should have heard what the color commentator said (Frank Stapleton, ex Revs coach) about it.

He thought, as did I, that he should have done better than conceding a corner.

Posted by: ARickey | December 22, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Freddy has looked pretty good this year at all levels when playing for his country. He's maintained his level of fitness and sharpness on less than 10 minutes a week of first team football which means he is making more of his practice and reserve match time. He's not in great situation at Monaco and he definetly got short changed at Benfica with all the turn over they had with their head coaches, but I see a kid who coming along and maturing nicely. I think if he were getting regular first team run outs, we'd really have something. The petulant child who clashed with his head coach @ DCU is long gone.

Posted by: PSURoss | December 23, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

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