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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Freddy Adu

The World Youth Championship started yesterday in Enschede, Netherlands which gave me the chance to watch a very highly touted player from the United States, Freddy Adu.

In their first match, the Americans upset Argentina, 1-0. The team played a focused and determined match led by (usually you fill in the name of a veteran player here) a 16 year old.

Freddy Adu, who is just barely 16, can now drive himself to work in America, where he plays professionally for D.C. United. And he is indeed an impressive striker.

Adu is the youngest player in the entire tournament and leads the American team. He did quite a good job. I saw him regularly talking to teammates and pointing out direction, even getting upset when he needed to. It’s a role reversal to say the least, but Freddy Adu’s maturity is as impressive as his quickness.

You know that joke about ‘being quick over a yard’? He gives that phrase new meaning. In basketball, it’s called a ‘first step’, and Freddy Adu has an incredible first step; like Allen Iverson’s of the Philadelphia 76ers or Frenchman Tony Parker, of the San Antonio Spurs.

From what I saw this was a very good American team who played Argentina physically and won. Adu attracted a lot of attention the entire game, sapping Argentine strength with darting runs and quick changes of direction to closing in on central midfield space.

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Anonymous Evan said...

For my money one of the players of the game was Marvell Wynne, the American right back. He's not tall, but man is he big. He could easily be an (American) football running back. Real sturdy, but with great pace--his deflected cross set up the lone goal.

He won just about every header that he went up for. Check him out.

6/13/2005 4:56 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

I noticed him, he does look like a running back, doesnt he

I'll keep an eye in the next match

6/13/2005 5:21 PM  

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