Plenty of reasons for Adu’s anger

first_imgFreddy Adu isn’t happy. And who can blame the young man? It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Adu’s career was supposed to take off from the first time he stepped on the pitch. Looking back, it’s fairly appropriate how his debut with D.C. United turned out almost two years ago.Adu sat the bench, watching for 61 minutes before finally crossing the touchline. He came in and showed some potential.Somehow, Adu can’t seem to grow out of that role — trying to impress the world in limited minutes. Not that his first two seasons of professional soccer have been anything to snicker at. Adu has started 30 of 55 matches thus far, scoring nine goals and adding nine assists. Not bad for a kid who just turned 16 this summer.But, in Adu’s case, he wants more. And, quite frankly, he deserves it. Adu recently complained to the Washington press about his playing time — or what has been, at times, a lack thereof.Not surprisingly, United coach Peter Nowak wasn’t too happy. But, then again, what is an MLS coach going to say? At this point in the year, Nowak is busy trying to win his side another league title. But here’s the key point in this spat — in the interest of American soccer, that doesn’t even matter. Adu’s interests come slightly before Nowak and his band of journeymen.When Adu joined United, the club had the potential to transform itself into the face of the future of American soccer. And even by winning last season’s MLS Cup, it has absolutely failed to do so.Maybe United’s patient approach to Adu last season was a positive. After all, this was his first season playing against professionals, men who were generally more than 10 years his seniors. But at some point, if Adu is to develop into the star most believe he will become, this year was the time to take the training wheels off. And mixing spot starts with substitute appearances just doesn’t accomplish that.It’s hard to fault Nowak — he is looking out for the present of his team — but in this case, he’s not serving American soccer’s best interests. Freddy Adu simply needs to be playing on a consistent basis if he is to develop into the type of player that can bring the game to the next level in the United States. Let’s face it: players like Landon Donovan, Claudio Reyna and Eddie Johnson are outstanding talents. But they do not have the star power to elevate soccer in the American public’s eyes to new heights. Adu has the package to do just that, with a compelling background story and a charming personality to go along with seemingly unlimited talent.If Adu wanted to sit the bench, he could have gone across the Atlantic to develop in the youth systems of prestigious teams like Inter Milan or Manchester United. But he didn’t. Adu has tried to do the right thing by playing in the MLS. It was thought that Adu could develop into a more seasoned and effective player while elevating the league’s quality and popularity at the same time. That really hasn’t happened.And isn’t that the point of MLS? Hasn’t a major goal of the league always been to develop young American talent? The answer is yes, or at least that’s what the league has always said. Nowak has missed that point this season.MLS is light years away from being able to retain stars like DaMarcus Beasley or attract the caliber of international talent necessary to make it a viable option for those stars. The function the league must serve for now is providing a place for the country’s next of standouts to grow and flourish before they leave for the bright lights of Europe.And, to be quite frank, fans of American soccer and the future of the sport in this country don’t really care about Jaime Moreno’s 16 goals and MVP season for United. Those who have the best interest of the beautiful game in mind don’t care about United maybe picking up a few extra points throughout the season by using veterans over their young starlet.They care about the future of the game in the United States. And Adu is a huge part of that future.last_img read more

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The World Cup’s Finest with Sky Bet’s Paul Lowery

first_imgShare CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Paul Lowery, Head of Sports Trading at Sky Betting and Gaming, is the latest to share his own personal World Cup highlights and memories, featuring THE Ronaldo, an all too rare Scotland appearance and Germany brutally breaking Brazilian hearts, at the Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte four years ago.First World Cup memory 17 July 1994 (Brazil v Italy)/10 June 1998 (Brazil v Scotland). I vaguely remember sneaking down the stairs late at night as a kid to catch the end of USA 94. The only thing I can remember is Baggio missing the crucial penalty. Running home from the school bus to catch the Brazil v Scotland game of France 98 is a much more vivid memory for me though!Favourite World Cup:Goal James Rodriguez (Colombia v Uruguay, 2014). I was rooting for Colombia at the last World Cup, and James Rodriguez bringing the ball down on his chest and thumping in the goal of the tournament in Brazil still brings a big smile to my face. I think my pocket has done a lot of the talking at the more recent World Cups, and my enjoyable moments seem to coincide with winning bets!Player Ronaldo (of Brazilian number 9 fame). He was a big hero for me as a kid. I was at the impressionable age where I wanted to mimic his shirt, his boots but thankfully not his awful haircut! The furore that surrounded him at France 98 in particular makes him hard to beat for me, although I always loved watching Pavel Nedved as well.TeamSouth Korea, 2002. Although they got some very questionable refereeing calls to help them out along the way, I will always have a soft spot for South Korea in 2002. The way their performance gripped a nation was something truly incredible to see, and the scenes in the city of Seoul when they knocked Italy out were stunning.GameBrazil v Germany, 2014. I’m sure I’ve missed an older classic from France or Korea but I was stunned like many by Germany’s absolute demolition of Brazil on home soil. I’ve never watched a match and been so truly stunned by such a mismatch between sides that were expected to be going at each other hammer and tongs for 90 minutes.KitNigeria, 2018. It’s only recently had its first official run out but I’m hoping you let me have Nigeria’s effort from this year’s tournament. It’s achieved cult status already and I’m positive it’s the most fashionable effort at this year’s tournament. If I’m not allowed that then in recent years I’ve always thought the Croatian red and white kit is a great sign that the world cup is off and running.The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day.last_img read more

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