[THE FREDDY ADU INTERVIEW] On April 3, it will be 10 years since Freddy Adu made his MLS debut for D.C. United.
Still only 24, he's already played for nine clubs and seeking to find a home with a 10th team. Adu, who
has been training at English club Blackpool, hasn't played for the USA since starting in the 2011 Gold Cup final against Mexico, but in an interview with Blackpool's Tangerine TV, he holds out hope of
playing for the USA again. At the 2014 World Cup?
"You play well for the next couple of months," he says, "and you're in camp for the World Cup. You just never know."
Is Adu dreaming? Of course. But
in a career that has seen him gone from the highest-paid in MLS at D.C. United to unwanted at his last MLS club, the Philadelphia Union, he admits he hasn't always made the right decisions about his
choices of teams, but he doesn't sound like he'd change a thing.
"What most people don't know is that I decided to go pro because my family was real poor," Adu says. "At that point, my
mom was a single mother working two jobs, three jobs, and what am I going to do? Say 'No' to millions of dollars at that age while my family is struggling? No."
Adu is thankful for those
who have stuck with him -- notably, Nike, which signed him at age 13.
"When Nike came in and gives you a multimillion-dollar contract," he says. "Yeah, what are you going to say? I was
like, 'Yeah, I'm in.' That was very nice."
Adu is not for the first time at the crossroads for his career. Blackpool on the northwest coast of England would be an unlikely home. England
would be the seventh country in which he has played and not for the first time he would be playing in the second level. But for the time being, he is noncommittal about playing for the Tangerines
except to say he absolutely loves training for them.
"You have to make the right decision," he says, "and you have to do what you have to do to get on the field and play and when you get
on the field, you have to make a difference on the field and stay there."