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Today’s non-story Adu story–and a real Edu story!

January 4, 2010 Leave a comment
Freddy Adu

Freddy Adu

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.)

Right.

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.

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DaMarcus Beasley’s goal + assist vs. Motherwell

December 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Yesterday I was busy eating lasagna and decorating Christmas trees, so I missed most of the day’s action, including Beasley’s 2nd(!) goal and assist combo in as many games for Rangers.

So, for anyone else who was indisposed due to Italian food and Christmas trees (or anything else) here is the video of DMB’s goal (wherein he demonstrates that even at the age of 27 he is faster than most everyone else on the pitch, at least in Scotland).

DaMarcus Beasley continues stunning return to form–scores winner against Dundee–adds an assist

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

DaMarcus BeasleyDaMarcus Beasley is tearing up the Scottish Premier League. Just days after notching an assist in Rangers’ 3-0 win against St Johnstone, he added a goal and an assist in today’s 3-0 drubbing of Dundee United.

After the match, Rangers’ manager Walter Smith was effusive in his praise of the winger:

“DaMarcus Beasley played like that for us when he came at first before he got his bad injury. After he came back, he was hampered with hamstring injuries.

“A few months ago he started to show the sharpness that is required and he’s now back into the team and playing exceptionally well and scored a terrific goal for us.

Rest assured that Bob Bradley is watching Beasley’s resurgence closely, and don’t be surprised if he gets the call up for the Jan. 23 friendly with Honduras.

See highlights of the Dundee game here (including Beasley’s wicked goal).