Adu Headed To Europe

July 31, 2007 – 2:12 am by Ryan Phillips

A deal that had been rumored for several days has finally come out as a fact, and Freddy Adu will be headed to the Portuguese Premier League. He will be sold from Real Salt Lake to Lisbon’s Benfica for $2 million. Benfica, who finished third in the league standings last season, will play in the third qualifying round of the Champions League next month.

Adu is just 18-years-old and is coming off a stellar showing at FIFA’s Under-20 World Cup last month. This is a great move for Freddy because the MLS will not provide the level of competition he needs to improve. Hopefully he gets a chance to play major minutes for Benfica and sees some action in the Champions League. And hey, at worst, we now have an excuse to watch Portuguese League soccer.

Now the question becomes which of Adu’s U-20 teammates will be the next to get offers from European clubs?

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  1. 9 Responses to “Adu Headed To Europe”

  2. It was the U-20 World Cup not the U-18.

    By Anonymous on Jul 31, 2007

  3. Yeah, you’re absolutely right, it’s fixed now. I wrote about it like four times and couldn’t remember. I think I need to lay off the booze for a while.

    By Phillips on Jul 31, 2007

  4. It’s a good move for him. A more technical league that isn’t terribly physical (as say, England) but with a high enough standard of play which he needs to develop. Even though he’ll no doubt grow stronger, I think, ultimately, his game will probably be better suited in La Liga as opposed to the Premier League. (Assuming he progresses and outgrows Benfica, which is a big assumption)

    And as for the next kid, my money is on Altidore. Unlike his little buddy, he has the body for the English game. A move abroad would do wonders for his talent. (I believe he turns 18 in October or November)

    By sven on Jul 31, 2007

  5. Benfica developed Rui Costa, Miguel and I believe Maniche, so this should be a good move for Freddy. Hopefully he can make it onto the pitch with some regularity.

    and i’m with sven wrt to Altidore. He’s the next big star. woo.

    By Joel on Jul 31, 2007

  6. Sven couldn’t be more right (unlike other Sven’s when it comes to footballing). Altidore is class, and will do well in any European league. While I’m not sure I want to throw him in the EPL at the age of 18 (how many 18 year olds thrive in that league?), I’d love to see him make a move to Europe as soon as possible to improve.

    I think he’d do well in any league, but if not in England, Germany might be a nice place for him to go. He’s certainly physical enough for it, although Americans have not had too much success there in recent years (Feilhaber hopefully an exception), it’s a quality league with quality sides, but not the class of the EPL where great talent can get lost even at the smaller sides.

    By SCGuy on Jul 31, 2007

  7. I think the best case scenario for Altidore would be if got an offer from Ajax Amsterdam. This club has a great track record with taking very young, promising talent and turning them into gold. Also, who knows if Arsene Wenger might be interested in bringing him to Arsenal? Wenger has a hard on for young strikers (Cesc, Van Persie, Walcott).

    By GAdrouny on Jul 31, 2007

  8. Never lay off the booze. As for his U20 teammates, Jozy Altidore is the next to leave the US. He had just as good as a showing at the U20 WC as Adu.

    By Anonymous on Jul 31, 2007

  9. Altidore will go to a big club, but Szetela can follow Sal Zizzo and Adu to Europe now. Altidore has to wait until January.

    By B.A. on Jul 31, 2007

  10. For the sake of the national team and for developmental purposes I hope Altidore goes to a league other than the Premier League. It would be good to get him into say, La Liga, where things are a bit more technical. I feel the US squad could use some more players like that.

    By Jeeves on Aug 1, 2007

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