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Adu the Great, but Altidore the Better?

Former U.S. coach Bruce Arena, who opted to leave Freddy Adu off his 23-man roster for the World Cup this summer, has lauded the 17-year old as the "first superstar" of American soccer. "Freddy is without doubt the most talented kid we've ever seen at his age," Arena said of the Ghanaian-born player who's on his way to Manchester United to complete a two-week training session with the storied English club. While there's no doubting Adu's talent, within MLS there are whisperings that 16-year old New York Red Bulls forward Josmer Altidore could usurp Adu's claim as the hottest potential export from the U.S. Altidore, who now plays for Arena, recently became the youngest player ever to score in the MLS playoffs against D.C. United in a first-round loss. "Everybody was laughing at me when I said two years ago we have a player who will be better than Adu," said Joseph Schulz, the Florida-based Austrian youth coach. He says Altidore "has the better chances to play with the best teams in the world, like Real Madrid, AC Milan, Chelsea or United in a few years." Ray Hudson, a former D.C. United coach, agrees, saying that Adu and Altidore could one day become a formidable strike force: "I am already looking forward to when players like Adu and Josmer will represent the US in the next big events like the World Cup," the Brit said. "A blind man on a galloping horse can see he has talent."

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