Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Freddy Adu's nomadic path through Europe has apparently hit another dead end as Greek club Aris FC are planning to return Adu to his parent club of Benfica.

Adu spent last fall on loan at Portuguese club Belenenses which saw the Maryland native receive very little playing time.

During the winter transfer window, Aris struck a deal with Benfica to acquire Adu on loan for the remaining 18 months of his contract.

While Adu had some success with the Super League squad, head coach Hector Cuper has apparently elected to not include the former United States Under-20 player in his plans for the 2010-2011 season.

"Adu is still officially a player of Aris, but was not selected by Cuper to be with the team in their preseason training in Austria," confirmed Aris press officer Chrisanthos Tsaltidis to YA.

The former DC United man's stint with the Greek club was his fourth team in less than two years and with his time in Saloniki presumably now done, it could mark an end to Adu's immediate future in Europe.

In the meantime, Aris states that they will be looking to reach an agreement with Benfica to return Adu to his parent club since the attacker is still under contract for another year.

"The administrator will be talking with them this week about options for Adu," concluded Tsaltidis.

Adu appeared in nine Super League matches with Aris where he scored one goal.
Wednesday July 14, 2010 6:30 pm
I was so surprised that Adu was not included in the US Team for the World Cup! I expected him to be there. What a loss for the US. Well, Freddy - go for it and join the team that will take you to the World Cup and the Gold Cup. I know you will be great to watch!
Thursday July 8, 2010 5:09 pm
How does anyone know what goes on in any of these locker rooms or what Adu's team mates think about him?

Europe is filled with young talented players looking for the right situation -- coach, team, system and so on. Adu is just another one. European coaches are much more likely to sign another player than work with a young player to round out their game. That several clubs have not worked out for Adu doesn't prove that it's his fault. He's only 20 after all.
Friday July 2, 2010 10:30 am
Benfica didn't want him because he feels he is some superstar like Messi. His teammates make fun of him, they don't get him, they think he has some problem in his head. The coach lost his patiente. The clubs sport management has orders to loan/transfer the player. Adu has died for european football, unless he learns how to be humble, but i'm guessing it's too late for him.
Thursday July 1, 2010 2:33 am
Freddy...playing in the 2014 World Cup is a dream.... You are talented but you are going the way of the "One hit wonder". In another year you'll be out of professional soccer all together. Who will have you...? If you have a good agent, he will tell you the truth...knock off the BS and get to work while you still have a shot at a career. If he isn't telling you me and I'll be your agent!
Mike E.
Saturday June 26, 2010 1:00 pm
Freddy, please grow up. Please, we're begging you. Even your birth nation, Ghana, won't have you if you keep playing like that.
Wednesday June 23, 2010 7:18 pm
Adu needs an attitude adjustment, no doubt about it. Although he possesses every bit of talent and dribbling skills of some greats, there has never been, or ever will be 90 minutes of highlight reel in a game. When you pull off such moves it's a beautiful thing, but even Pele and Maradona when combining BOTH careers can barely fill a 90 minute reel. This realization usually comes with age. When Adu started at 14 it was understandable, but now at 21 it is just unprofessional. Adu needs to aspire to be a champion, not a star. If he would make nearly the effort to pass off to the open man as he makes trying to make impossible scenarios come to pass, he would become the star he feels he can only be by doing it all himself.
Andy Stamp
Wednesday June 23, 2010 1:02 pm
There's much on a number of UK sites about Adu coming to Southampton in England. We're a club renewing our fortunes after suffering a bad turn of form. Hopefully, if Adu comes, he'll recognise himself and put the effort in. We've got a great coach, great chairman and great cheif exec and he has an opportunity to find a place to belong and be loved. Fingers crossed for us and him that he grows up...
Wednesday June 23, 2010 1:51 am
@muchadu (any many other Adu fans),
I've seen Adu play for the Nats, for DC, and for RSL... all in person. Fast feet. Good touch. Creative. Works hard when he's got the ball. Wastefull passer. Poor work on defence. Easily frustrated. Team chemistry just about non-existent. Frustrated the players around him with wasted opportunities and "confidence" boardering on ball-hogging.

These are the things i've noticed watching him live. I've been impressed with his individual skill. Not once have I been impressed, in person, with what he brought to a team. Of corse i've seen his highlights. Everybody has highlights. Based on highlights Ricardo Clark should be starting for Madrid. I've also seen Adu ruin/waste a fast break or decent posession more times than I can count.

All i know is that if (for arguments sake) RSL (my team) brought back Adu, they'd better not make him the highest payed player. I will stop attending games in person untill he is payed no more than a fair salary for what he brings to the team.
Tuesday June 22, 2010 7:58 pm

He may not be playing for aris next season, but if we advance in this world cup and play someone way better than algeria, then let me know how our mid field looks against germany or any of the other top teams. Freddy would have added some offensive creativity that after watching these past two games, no one could deny we need badly. You cant rely on desperation to get your offense into gear after teams score against you. We have to create offense before we are down a couple goals. Anybody have any ideas on how the USMT is going to do this in the first half??!!
Ben H
Tuesday June 22, 2010 5:30 pm
Wow... and some brilliant people were complaining he was left off the US squad! I hope he figures out this whole professional athlete gig soon.
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