Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Freddy ready but competition stiff at upstart Monaco
by Paul Kennedy, August 22nd, 2008 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[AMERICANS ABROAD/VIDEO] Just days after arriving at Monaco from the Summer Olympics in China, where he represented the USA in men's soccer, Freddy Adu is ready to make his debut for his new French club, Monaco, but he faces stiff competition for playing time from a crop of young players who have exceeded expectations in the opening weeks of the 2008-09 season.

 

(Click here for video of Adu's arrival at Monaco.)

Adu, who joined ASM on loan from Benfica, could see action as soon as Saturday for Monaco against Caen in Day 3 of the Ligue 1. He has gotten the green light from the Monaco medical staff to play.

Monaco has been an early-season surprise, opening with a 1-0 win over Paris St. Germain and 1-1 tie at Nantes for four points, good enough for a tie for second place behind promoted Grenoble, the shock leader with two wins in two games.

While Jerome de Bontin, Monaco's American president, was criticized for the club's lack of activity on the summer transfer market, Monaco is unbeaten thanks in part to strong performances from its young players. Five starters at Nantes were 21 or younger -- goalie Stefane Ruffier (20), defenders Vincent Muratori (21) and Cedric Mongongu (19) and forwards Frederic Nimani (20) and Juan Pablo Pino (21). Nimani and Pino, a Colombian, returned after loan spells at other clubs.

It has also gotten solid play from Ivorian Jean-Jacques Gosso, who earned a spot on the Monaco roster after a summer tryout. He previously played in Morocco and Israel. (Adu and Gosso were on opposite sides when the USA beat Ivory Coast at the 2003 World Youth Championship.)

Forwards Serge Gakpe (21), Jeremy Menez (21) and Djamel Bakar (19), Monaco's three most coveted youngsters, have seen limited or no playing time because of injuries.

In Monaco's 100% Freddy feature, Adu says he feels great at Monaco.

"The beaches are gorgeous," he says. "The cliffs that hang over the city are spectacular. I am eager to get to know the area but even more so to start contributing to the club."

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Alvarado headed to Santos for Torneo Clausura    
Ventura Alvarado is back in the starting lineup at Mexican giant Club America, which tied Necaxa, ...
U.S. Abroad: Gooch faces three-month layoff    
Sunderland's Lynden Gooch, who made his English Premier League debut in August and U.S. national team ...
What They're Saying: Roberto Assis    
"It is a very difficult time. Later on, if there is a contact, we can talk. ...
Women's College Cup: Upstarts battle former champs    
The Division I women's season is down to its final weekend. Georgetown and West Virginia are ...
MLS Cup Countdown: Stars escape major injuries    
Both MLS Cup finalists had key players limp off in the second legs of the conference ...
MLS Preseason: Tournaments set at three sites    
The 2016 MLS season doesn't wrap up for another week, but teams are already finalizing plans ...
What They're Saying: Gareth Southgate    
"The days are gone from when I was younger where we did have beers after a ...
MLS Moves: Minnesota signs first two players    
MLS expansion team Minnesota United signed a pair of defenders -- Justin Davis and Kevin Venegas ...
Video Pick: Walcott controls ball dropped from 111 feet    
Arsenal's Theo Walcott has entered the Guinness World Records by controlling a ball dropped from 111 ...
MLS Awards: Pareja nips Mastroeni for Coach of the Year    
Sometimes the third time really is the charm. In his third year at the helm of ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives