Today’s non-story Adu story–and a real Edu story!
So today’s biggest story in the world of American soccer is really a non-story. Freddy Adu, less than a week after being linked with Greek club Aris Thessalonika, and a few days after being linked with Premiership side Hull city, publicly (and foolishly) contemplated his options on Twitter in a discussion with his former U-20 teammate and current Hull City striker, Jozy Altidore. To many, the discussions seemed to prove that the Premiership side really was aiming for Adu–a surprising move, to say the least.
Responses in the US soccer world were quick: Ives Galarcep put up a post almost immediately, taking the tweets as fact (“Adu reveals decision is between Hull and Aris”); the Shin Guardian (a fantastic site), put up a thoughtful analysis of Adu’s options; and soccer twitterers everywhere re-tweeted the story to a fairly absurd degree.
Later, as Adu-in-the-Premiership excitement subsided, it was apparent that not all was as it seemed. How could Adu, who has made only sporadic appearances for the national team, obtain a UK work permit? Why in the hell would a Premiership side pay 1.2 million pounds for a player that can’t hardly see the field for a mediocre Portugese side?
Perhaps Adu’s twitter page was not a fountain of no-need-to-verify truth. Ives appended the following parenthical pseudo-mea-culpa to his post:
(It looks as though Adu may have been having a bit of fun on Twitter with the Hull City stuff and may have been joking around about his Hull and Aris decision. So where is Adu really headed? The Aris reports have more weight than the News of the World report on Hull interest.)
In other news, the other -du suffixed American abroad, Maurice Edu, came on in the 13th minute in Ranger’s 1-1 draw with Celtic today. This is the real Yank Abroad story of the day. Let’s hope the young man stays healthy and that his teammate, DaMarcus Beasley, recovers quicky as well. Seeing the two of them link-up together for Rangers will be a sight for the sore eyes of injury-fatigued USMNT fans. And it goes without saying that both players, if healthy, could potentially be huge for the US in South Africa.
Best of luck to Adu–who I still thinking is brimming with potential–but right now, Edu is a far more realistic and exciting prospect for the USMNT.