May 27, 2003

Freddie Adu gets $1 million Nike contract.: OK, so he's no LeBron. But he is a star striker for the US Under-17 soccer team. He has an agent, US-based Soccernet LLC, whose clients include US national stars Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, as well as coach Bruce Arena. Adu was offered a contract by Inter Milan two years ago. He was also a recent target of Manchester United interest. Although this contract makes Freddy a professional athlete, his lawyer said that Freddy won't go pro for another year. Also, his mother had to sign the Nike contract. Freddy is only 13.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 01:45 PM - 31 comments

Good for him. Is there a set age limit for the pro leagues in Europe?

posted by jasonspaceman at 01:51 PM on May 27, 2003

Nice... I hope he gets more soon...

posted by StarFucker at 02:17 PM on May 27, 2003

jason: According to the Washington Post article (last link in my post), there's a minimum age of 16 for Euro leagues. Also, according to the article, this guy appears to be a whiz in school. He's on an accelerated program to graduate high school next year, at 14!

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:33 PM on May 27, 2003

worldcup2002: Also, according to the article, this guy appears to be a whiz in school [mefi] Well, I for one welcome our new Freddie Adu overlords! [/mefi]

posted by hincandenza at 04:36 PM on May 27, 2003

Hal, what the hell are you talking about? Huh? Wha?

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:50 PM on May 27, 2003

This is a great story, especially for a high school student living in the DC area such as myself. I first saw Freddy Adu at a soccer tournament that I went to watch because Freddy played on a club team here called the Potomac Cougars that a friend of mine played on. I was amazed at his skill and his ability to see the field, and he's only 13! Who knows whether he is destined for great things or not... (Nike sure thinks he is) but regardless, it's great to see a local sports star make it on an international level, and I'll continue to watch his career with great interest.

posted by seanyg at 07:15 PM on May 27, 2003

Where do I order the Freddy Adu pancakes? Does he have a Cafe Press store? Sorry. JK. But I've been thinking about this deal since it was announced on the weekend and (a) bully for Freddy and his Mom and (b) can I sue my parents now for not even trying to train me to be a pro athlete when I was a kid. Sorry, JK again about (b). I'm in a mood.

posted by billsaysthis at 07:17 PM on May 27, 2003

Earlier Freddie Adu hysteria at SpoFi. You see, there's lots of evidence he's going to be great. Also, as soon as he blows up and goes big time, I'm calling his agent and demanding my cut for promoting Freddie. As billsays, it's all about the Freddies, erm, Benjamins.

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:41 PM on May 27, 2003

I was in Dallas recently while the Dallas Cup soccer tournament was being played. People couldn't stop talking about Adu -- I didn't get a chance to attend, but the Lebron James comparison is apt.

posted by rcade at 08:08 AM on May 28, 2003


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posted by worldcup2002 at 11:54 AM on May 28, 2003

Is he going to go by only one name (Pele, Renaldo, etc.)? Would Freddie or Adu be his choice? Because you can't be a star soccer player with two names. Well, unless you are English or German I guess.

posted by grum@work at 12:39 PM on May 28, 2003

Adu sounds more imposing. Freddie. Hmmm. That sounds like a pet frog. Adu gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Goooooool! Adu, Adu, Adu, Adu! Adu! Adu! (You can hear them singing it to the tune of "Ole", can't you?)

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:48 PM on May 28, 2003

With that $1 million, at least he'll be able to afford the security phalanx and legal team to maintain a restraining order against the entirely too obsessed worldcup2002. :)

posted by hincandenza at 04:22 PM on May 28, 2003

Hal, I can see the headlines now: "SpoFite Soccer Fanatic Jailed for Stalking Teen Sensation No One Has Heard Of"

posted by billsaysthis at 05:04 PM on May 28, 2003

You are so mean. What do you think this is? MeFi? Hahahaha. Come to my house, bill, so I can punch you in the face. Hahahahahaha. (btw, how'd you like that Champs League final? Penalties! Whoo!)

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:38 PM on May 28, 2003

SportsFilter: Where some of us stalk and some of us are insane..often in the same body

posted by billsaysthis at 11:57 PM on May 28, 2003

Fucking Champs league game...i heard it was awesome...i didn't get to see it after avoiding the fucking internet all day!

posted by StarFucker at 08:43 AM on May 29, 2003

Avoid the internet at your own peril. One cannot leave the Matrix for long without suffering severe side effects.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:31 AM on May 30, 2003

A friend of friend just put it on DVD... I will be watching it this weekend... It better be as good as i heard it was.

posted by StarFucker at 08:40 AM on May 30, 2003

You dolt. I hope you have it on big screen.

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:20 AM on May 30, 2003

Why am i a dolt?! Fucking Houllier just praised Heskey again!! What the hell is wrong with that guy?!?!

posted by StarFucker at 09:45 AM on May 30, 2003

StarFucker, I have to tell you I thought M:R sucked. Worse than Heskey on a bad day. Do not waste lifespan watching it.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:15 AM on May 30, 2003


posted by StarFucker at 11:19 AM on May 30, 2003

Matrix Reloaded, I would imagine.

posted by squealy at 12:01 PM on May 30, 2003

Matrix Reloaded sucked?! Did you watch it with your hands down your pants?! It was awesome!

posted by StarFucker at 12:14 PM on May 30, 2003

SF, you have to be kidding! Although maybe it's just your being insane in the brain. And unlike you I don't put my hands down my pants in front of 200 or 300 other people. The movie is a pile of lovely technology used for no justifiable purpose (i.e., plot) with a confused and very tired philosophical veneer. The first one was several orders of magnitudes better even without the whizbang new sfx.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:47 PM on May 30, 2003

Yeah right...thats exactly what everyone said for the first film..then when everyone realized what a masterpiece it is, everyone all of a sudden loved it! Whatever, don't go see Revolutions then...

posted by StarFucker at 01:50 PM on May 30, 2003

Well not everyone exactly, I loved The Matrix the first time I saw it and every time since (and there have been many). I've only heard bad things about Reloaded and am loathe to threaten my love of the first film by going to see it.

posted by squealy at 02:47 PM on May 30, 2003

By the way, Hal, having lagged behind in this post ... I got the Simpsons reference wayyyyyyyyy up there. :) I have to admit ... I've been following this story a little, and I wish the kid well. He MIGHT even make me watch a little soccer.

posted by wfrazerjr at 04:35 PM on May 30, 2003

That Architect guy really annoyed me. But someone told me it all makes sense when you watch it again. The foreshadowing becomes clear. The repetition becomes meaningful. I'll have to see it again. Hey, SF, how'd you like that Moravengian cake scene? Gratuitous teen geek pandering. Hahahahahahahaha. "Cursing in French is like wiping your arse with silk." Hahahahahahaha. Moravengian is my new favorite. After Persephone. Monicaaaa Bellucci. Mama mia!

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:36 PM on May 30, 2003

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