Freddy Adu Finally Transfers

Adu: Headed just down the street

Adu: Headed just down the street

Last week, we wrote a piece imploring US midfielder and South African hopeful Freddy Adu to push for a new club so he could get some extremely vital playing time.

Today, just ahead of the transfer deadline, TSG has learned that Adu is finally off the pine and headed to historic club Belenenses, currently 7th in the standings in the same Portugese Liga. Both teams are based in Lisbon.

We hope Freddy dresses and gets some run in his first game on September 13th, because it’s against none other than the team that loaned him, Benfica.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Antonio H. on 2009/08/31 at 3:06 PM

    On a scale of 1-10 i wonder how bad Benfica will feel if Freddy opens up a can on them. In all reality I don’t think he will, and he definitely wont start, but it’s a thought. Once Freddy gets back into game shape and starts performing the way he did prior to his arrival in Portugal, he’ll no doubt make it to the World Cup Roster.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/08/31 at 3:20 PM


      Thanks for the comment. You might have just given us an idea for another feature piece which I’ll speak to here.

      It will be tough for Adu to make the World Cup roster unless he gets some games for both his club and the national team.

      But he should be given every chance because he is a dynamic player–he brings a skillset that most don’t have, even if it’s in a rougher form right now…specifically his ability to break down defenses.

      If we can find the right angle, I’ll do a piece on dynamic players on the USMNT.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Oh and a scale of 1-10 in terms of revenge — I don’t think it’s so high yet because it was a one-year loan, not a full-on transfer — so maybe a 5 at this point.


    • Posted by Mark T on 2009/08/31 at 5:47 PM

      I’ll go on record and say that Adu won’t be in South Africa. While he has raw skills, his game is too immature at this point for him to be an asset to the squad.

      Since he is only 21 (I think), he’ll still have two more WC in him provided he starts to progress again.


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/08/31 at 6:03 PM

        Unfortunately I agree, I think Adu is a long longshot to make the squad at this point. Holden has stepped up, Benny Feilhaber is back and Bradley is using Dempsey in the 4-4-1-1 when he removes a striker.

        Adu really needs to be lights out at this point to make it and then claim playing time the USMNT. Too little time I think as well.

        That being said if it comes down to Conor Casey, Freddy Adu and Kenny Cooper up front by some stretch and Adu’s had a good run, he might make that conversation.


  2. Usually, it’s included in loan deals that teams cannot play loaned players against their official club. This is probably the case for Freddy, so don’t be surprised if he’s not included in the lineup against Benfica since he’s still technically theirs.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/08/31 at 6:52 PM

      That’s a good point–and he should have mentioned it.

      I forgot what the case was last year in the EPL where this happened with high visibility. I think it was it was a goalkeeper.

      Thanks for adding that; our mistake.


      • Posted by Mark T on 2009/09/01 at 2:46 PM

        From the mouth / fingers of Freddy himself via Twitter:

        for all those who dont think i can play against benfica i can play. Theres no claus that says i cant play.


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/09/01 at 2:54 PM

          Honestly if you follow Freddy or Jozy on Twitter–it’s really hard not like those guys. They come across as humble, thankful, genuine and courteous.

          Great representation.


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