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Media Continue to Pounce on Adu
Reuters UK, December 21st, 2006 4:01PM

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Reuters publishes yet another skeptical report about the superstar viability of Major League Soccer teenager Freddy Adu. Since his training session with Manchester United in late November-which some in the press suggested was a Nike PR stunt-most of the press surrounding the 17-year old has been negative. A few weeks after his return from Manchester, D.C. United traded the youngster to Real Salt Lake, prompting many to say that you don't trade America's hottest soccer prospect unless you think he isn't living up to the hype. At best, Reuters says the jury is still out on Adu, as the highly touted youngster was never able to set MLS alight in his first three seasons in the league. He did manage to score 11 goals in 89 appearances, along with 17 assists, but those are hardly the kind of numbers that justify his league-leading salary of $500K. Since the trade, pundits have been harping on his negative qualities: his size, his (at times) overzealous dribbling, and an at times whiny, individualistic attitude. Steven Goff of the Washington Post points out, "People around him have always told him: 'You're the greatest,' and when you are a teenager you begin to believe it." Nevertheless, Goff, who chronicled his progress at United for the Post, says "He's become a good MLS player this year." Grahame L. Jones of the L.A. Times says he's always regarded Adu as a marketing creation. "He is a gifted player for his age but nothing special, even within the limited talent field that is MLS," he says, adding that Manchester United felt the same, though the club didn't say as much publicly. Read the original story...


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