Adu’s Grace Kelly Moment

So, after beginning his career in a strange little federal district, Freddy Adu continues it in a strange little principality. From DC to Salt Lake to Lisbon to Monaco: one of the more unusual soccer career paths, even today. I’m a little puzzled as to why Adu’s Benfica performance gets such bland reviews; 21 appearances, five goals and an established role as a super-sub seem like worthy accomplishments for a 19-year-old playing in Europe for the first time. (Then again, I’ve always been an Adu apologist…) Did anyone think he was going to Benfica as something more than a squad player? If he makes Monaco’s XI on a regular basis, this move makes sense for both Benfica and Adu—they’ll build up the value of their investment, he’ll get the playing time he craves. But I’m skeptical. Ligue 1 is a step up from Portugal, which would lead me to think that, absent a dramatic elevation in his game, he’ll probably be on the substitute bench again, or maybe even the reserve team. And what then?


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