November 21, 2006

Freddie takes the first step toward the EPL.: Freddie Adu, 17, of DC United, has begun a 2-week trial at Manchester United.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 01:32 AM - 10 comments

Does anyone else think this is a bad move for Freddie? I really think he will have a snowballs chance of getting any first team play at Old Trafford.

posted by Ricardo at 11:12 AM on November 21, 2006

I'd say he has a much better chance with ManU than he would with Chelsea.. (though I agree it's a very small chance) It'll be interesting to see.. people have been talking about Freddie going to Europe for a while. I think it's nice to see that it might actually happen.

posted by blarp at 11:16 AM on November 21, 2006

Unless he picks up a Manc accent, I think this is a positive for Freddie's career. It's just a trial. United just want a look at him. I am surprised they don't have more matches scheduled though. Unless they see him in game action 3-4 times during these two weeks, it seems a waste of time for both sides. And...IMO...Freddie's not ready for the Premiership and I don't know if he has the right attitude to go on loan to a lower division side, which I think would do him a world of good. He needs to be in a league where the players will kick him into the middle of next week to learn what he needs to learn about the game, but again, I don't think he's mentally tough enough to handle that.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 11:24 AM on November 21, 2006

They'll part ways and he will get on a team next season...

posted by myshtigo at 12:35 PM on November 21, 2006

I think they'll sign him next year when they're allowed to and then put him on loan somewhere so he can get some playing time and get acclimated to the EPL. Then, once they feel he's ready, bring him back to the big club or sell him off if he's not progressing well.

posted by Jeffwa at 12:46 PM on November 21, 2006

He's young he's great and he wants to do what he wants to do not stubbornly I wish him the best of luck and who knows us yankees maybe will own a world cup someday with his help of course I know I know stop dreaming

posted by luther70 at 12:49 PM on November 21, 2006

Luther, are you concerned a full stop might attract bears?

posted by yerfatma at 01:40 PM on November 21, 2006

I thought he had better prospects at Reading but what do I know?

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:45 PM on November 21, 2006

I also thought he'd have been better off going to Reading.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:46 PM on November 21, 2006

Reading's third American could well be Eddie Johnson, who I think is much more capable of playing in the Premiership at the moment, assuming his injuries are healed up.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 08:50 PM on November 21, 2006

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