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What Does Freddy Adu Mean to Salt Lake?

Gordon Monson of the Salt Lake City Tribune makes a long-winded answer to the question "What does Freddy Adu mean to you?" You see, it depends: on the one hand, Freddy Adu at Real Salt Lake means people in seats. If he plays well, it could mean people stay in their seats. Everyone in the world is waiting for this starlet to evolve into a superstar, and it could happen at RSL, a franchise in the middle of protracted negotiations involving a new soccer stadium and resort complex. So Freddy Adu could mean a lot to RSL and the people of Salt Lake City. It's unlikely that he'll flop at RSL, but he will certainly be closely monitored overseas-especially since his 18th birthday occurs during transfer season. If he enjoys success, he might not hang around much longer after that. Adu was acquired mostly for rights to cash, with backup goalkeepers also part of the deal. He will again earn $550,000, with Major League Soccer footing $400,000 of it under the "Beckham Rule." Even so, Freddy's also got a lot to prove. Said national team veteran Marcelo Balboa: "His name is a little bigger [than his game]. Freddy's got the potential to play. It's a matter of fitting in. This is a place he'll get to play. He'll be the focus of the team. It's a matter of growing up and maturing. He's fast enough to get away from players. He needs to work on his strength."

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