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Adu's first Monaco start ends with loss
September 25th, 2008 7AM
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[AMERICANS ABROAD] Freddy Adu finally earned his first start with French club Monaco, but it ended in defeat as the fell to defending champion Paris St. Germain, 1-0, in the round of 32 of the French League Cup.

Adu was teamed with 21-year-old Colombian Juan Pablo Pino on the Monaco frontline, but he came off in the 70th minute. Adu was one of several reserves given a chance by Coach Ricardo.

"Because there were a lot of new guys playing, it took a little while for the team to settle in on the field," Adu said in his 100% Freddy blog at Monaco's web site. "We started the game in a traditional 4-4-2 with Pablo Pino and I upfront. During the game, I think that I had some good touches and put in a good performance. I was able to show flashes of my speed and skill on a number of occasions. On one play in the first half, I was isolated on the left touchline just outside the box. I beat two defenders to the end line and swung a dangerous ball into the penalty area. It was a great opportunity and the crowd roared. In the second half, I should have been in on goal twice but was whistled for offsides. I was so close to my first goal, but it was not to be. We went down 1-0 and as the game went on, Ricardo made some changes to bolster our attack.  I was substituted with just over twenty minutes to play to make way for Park Chu-Young. I would have loved to finish off the game and see if I could have brought the sides level, but I think the expression in France is 'c'est la vie.'"

Carlos Bocanegra was rested by Rennes, which beat Le Mans on penalty kicks after their game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Goalie Quentin Westberg got a rare start for second division Troyes in a 3-1 loss to Metz.

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