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Freddy Adu signs with Tampa Bay Rowdies
   July 14, 2015 (6:46 PM) by Matt Benson

After parting ways with KuPS in Finland, Freddy Adu has returned to the US and has signed with NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (July 14, 2015) — The Tampa Bay Rowdies have bolstered their attack with the addition of dynamic, creative midfielder Freddy Adu, the club announced Tuesday, pending International Transfer Clearance. Per league and club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The Rowdies and Adu are a perfect fit. Adu, now 26 years of age, with his prime playing career still ahead of him, presents plenty of upside for the Rowdies. In Tampa Bay, he is reunited with head coach Thomas Rongen, arguably the coach for whom he has played his best soccer in the past.

“We’re pleased to have Freddy Adu join our club,” said principal owner Bill Edwards. “Our goal is to make the Rowdies the most successful club in North American soccer and this is just another step towards achieving that. I’ve spoken to Thomas about signing Adu and he is as excited as I am about this opportunity.”

This will be his 12th different team (in eighth different countries) since becoming a pro in 2004.  Adu ended his run with KuPS after playing in only five league games, although he did score a goal with the team’s reserve team in the fourth division.

While this ends his time “over there”, I am guessing there is a good chance we will be covering him yet again in the future at his current rate of changing clubs.

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KuFu vs. Kings SC Highlights
   July 2, 2015 (7:44 PM) by Matt Benson

A Freddy Adu sighting!  Freddy scored a goal on Thursday for KuPS’s reserve team, KuFu, who play in the Finnish fourth division.  Here is his goal.

Categories: Freddy Adu, Highlights
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Some injury updates on Josh Gatt & Freddy Adu
   June 19, 2015 (7:46 AM) by Matt Benson

We haven’t heard much in the last couple weeks after learning Josh Gatt was going to get a second opinion on his knee, but it sounds like it is not serious.

Molde FK’s website has some more updated information and quotes from manager Tor Ole Skullerud.  To the Google-Translate machine!

The surgeon who operated him for cruciate ligament injury has examined him thoroughly and feedback from him is positive.

_ It seems that things are now going Joshua veg. The swelling in the knee is gone down and he should be retrained sense to get him back as quickly as possible on the pitch, says coach Tor Ole Skullerud. Both he and Joshua Gatt was extremely fond of the message from the surgeon. The US Lynvingen had been worried for a while, and was very relieved modest.

_ Joshua begin with physical exercise and with football again as soon as possible in relation to pain. For some uncertainty there, but all indications are that it will go well. Joshua is also offensive itself. That it has taken time to get clarification because it is performed a series of tests in recent weeks. The surgeon concluded that one has good control of ligament damage, but you are a little unsure how the knee will react when he plays football again.

_ Therefore, it is a very reasonable training period. Joshua was essentially 100 percent healthy when he has gone out against Mjøndalen, so I do not think it should take so long before he started again. He has been very clever in the absence period, says Skullerud.

So that is some good news.

As for Mr. Fred Adu.  He has only played in five of KuPS’s 13 league games this season and hasn’t seen the field since May 20.  He also sent out a tweet recently letting us know he has picked up an injury in the last week.  Yet another setback for the 26-year-old.

And just because it is crazy looking, here is a look at his transfer page on Transfermarkt.

Categories: Freddy Adu, Josh Gatt
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KuPS vs. PKKU Highlights
   May 4, 2015 (7:33 AM) by Matt Benson

This was from last week’s Suomen Cup but someone has put together yet another every touch video of Freddy Adu since he had an assist off a corner kick in KuPS’s 4-0 win over PKKU.  Here is the video along with his assist coming around the 2:00 mark.

Categories: Freddy Adu, Highlights

KuPS vs. VPS Highlights
   April 24, 2015 (8:13 PM) by Matt Benson

Since the internet is still awesome, someone did another Freddy every touch video.  Freddy Adu got the start and played 74 minutes in KuPS’ 1-0 win over VPS on Thursday.  Stephen McCarthy came off the bench and played 11 minutes for KuPS, while Jordan Seabrook went the full 90 minutes for VPS.  Here is all the Adu action of his second game in Finland.

Categories: Freddy Adu, Highlights, Jordan Seabrook, Stephen McCarthy

Hump day link randomness
   April 22, 2015 (12:46 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of links that are all over the place.

Roderick is over in Europe on vacation so no The OT Report for this past weekend.  As for some highlights, we had goals by Cole Grossman, Evin Nadaner, Cesar Romero, Björn Maars Johnsen, Jay Denny and a brace by Christian Pulisic.  We also had assists by Joe Corona and Aron JohannssonFreddy Adu made his debut in Finland.  Bobby Wood returned from injury and started for Erzgebirge Aue.

As for the mid week so far, Gedion Zelalem help setup a goal for Arsenal’s U-21 team.  Michael Orozco had an assist as Puebla won the Copa MX final over Chivas (Herculez Gomez watched from the bench).  And Andrija Novakovich scored a goal for Reading’s U-21 team.

The US U-20 team is in Austria this week and here is their roster.  They had a 2-2 draw against Qatar yesterday with the US goals coming from Amando Moreno and Conor Donovan.

The US U-23 team will take on Mexico later tonight at the StubHub Center.  Here is their roster.  Apparently manager Andi Herzog asked Hamburg permission for Julian Green to stay after last week’s friendly against Mexico for this game but they didn’t respond yes to him until Green was already on a plane back to Germany.  Herzog also wants to create a pipeline to the USMNT with the U-23 team.  And  Liviu Bird’s random observation from training earlier this week, Jordan Morris has Type 1 diabetes and tests his blood sugar during training.

For those of you that miss watching grainy Youtube videos of Josh Gatt flying down the wings, we have some good news.  He has been cleared to play again after a couple knee surgeries.

Hannover 96 did some shuffling around of their coaching staff and Steve Cherundolo has been promoted to an assistant.

Greg Seltzer took a look at Danny Williams’ performance in the FA Cup semifinals from the weekend.

The USMNT’s 2-0 victory over Mexico last week did well ratings-wise for Fox Sports 1.

Pele thinks the US should host the 2026 World Cup.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Gedion Zelalem made The Telegraph’s Top 35 hottest prospects in who play in England list.

Mukwelle Akale and Villarreal won the División de Honor Juvenil de Fútbol Group 7 title.

And finally, Tim Ream is better than Jordan Spieth at golf.

Categories: Amando Moreno, Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Björn Maars Johnsen, Bobby Wood, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Cesar Romero, Christian Pulisic, Cole Grossman, Conor Donovan, Danny Williams, Evin Nadaner, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Jay Denny, Joe Corona, Jordan Morris, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Mukwelle Akale, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team

KuPS vs. KTP Highlights
   April 20, 2015 (11:25 AM) by Matt Benson

Freddy Adu made his Finnish debut this past weekend, getting the start and playing 66 minutes in KuPS’ 1-0 over KTP.  Since the internet is awesome, there is already an every touch video of Adu’s performance on Youtube.  Enjoy.


Categories: Freddy Adu, Highlights

Friday morning links
   April 17, 2015 (6:24 AM) by Matt Benson

Remember when the US beat Mexico on Wednesday?  That was fun.  Here are the highlights and some photos.

Will did a real cool interview with former USMNT goalkeeper Victor Gerley.  He played for the US in the 1960s.  He was also nice enough to scan some old newspapers from his playing days.  So go check it out.

As always, Roderick keeps you updated with games at the club level from the past week.

We have a couple goal highlights from the last week.  Luca de la Torre scored for Fulham’s U-18 team last Friday.  Edgar Castillo assisted in Atlas’ win in Copa Libertadores action on Wednesday.  And Brian Span scored a goal in Finnish Suomen Cup action on Thursday.

There were conflicting reports online whether Bobby Warshaw scored in his team’s season opener two weeks ago so I decided to go to the best source to figure this out and he told me that he did.

I meant to post this before the Mexico friendly, but Jeff Carlisle talked to various US players past and present about playing in this rivalry.  It is also your monthly reminder that Franke Hejduk is awesome.

Earlier this week, Canada manager Benito Floro claimed that Tesho Akindele is “99.9 percent” committed to Canada’s national team.  But Akindele pumped the brakes a little on that statement later in the week.

Kristan Heneage wrote some words for The Guardian on everyone’s favorite NASL/USMNT player Miguel Ibarra.  He didn’t do much on Wednesday, but he did have a nice little run on Juan Agudelo’s goal which freed up some space.

The New York Times decided to look at the current status of the goalkeeper position for the USMNT.

One of those goalkeepers, Brad Guzan, is back at it with The Players’ Tribune and gave his Top 5 soccer stadiums.

Want some more goalkeeper talk?  Will has your monthly roundup of news and whatnot for April.

Granted you can’t believe about anything he says, Sepp Blatter is now in favor of CONCACAF getting another automatic spot for the World Cup.  And not shocking, UEFA president Michel Platini doesn’t agree.

Freddy Adu was finally cleared to play for KuPS on Wednesday, but he was a DNP on the bench in the team’s 2-1 win in the Suomen Cup.  This is also what a Freddy Adu/KuPS jersey looks like.

Tom Marshall tells us why Liga MX is becoming an attractive playing option for Americans.

The US U-20 team will have a camp in Austria with games against Qatar and Croatia next week.  While they haven’t announced a roster yet to the public to my knowledge, Seattle’s Cristian Roldan is one of the players making the trip.

And for you few yearning to follow an American in Portugal.  It looks like Maryland product Matt Oduaran has been with Tirsense in Portugal’s Campeonato Nacional (third tier) since last summer.

Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Brad Guzan, Brian Span, Cristian Roldan, Edgar Castillo, Freddy Adu, Juan Agudelo, Luca de la Torre, Matt Oduaran, Miguel Ibarra, Tesho Akindele, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Everyone’s favorite Friday morning link drop
   April 3, 2015 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

If not your favorite, we are in your Top 27.

As for some in-house linkage, our Will looked at another Will(iam)’s last two games at goalkeeper.

With the Norwegian Tippeligaen starting up next week, RJ caught up with Alex DeJohn to talk about his career and his move to IK Start.

While it might have been an international break, some lower level leagues kept chugging along and Roderick has you covered with what you missed over the week.

We did have one goal this week and it came from Duane Holmes (highlights).

US Soccer finally put up the US U-20 highlights from their 2-1 loss to England’s U-21 team from the weekend.

The goal scorer in that game was Maki Tall and he talked to Brian Sciaretta this week.

One thing that has been overlooked by many, myself included, until the guys over at Total Soccer Show (I’m guessing Daryl?) pointed out that Jozy Altidore will have to miss the Mexico friendly due to his red card against Switzerland.  I’m guessing most forgot about this since we haven’t had a red card in a friendly since January of 2012.  While I thought it was stupid on Jozy’s part and also pretty harsh by the ref, Alejandro Bedoya told Doug McIntyre after the game that the ref had warned Jozy at halftime about the language.

Who wants some Freddy Adu hot links?  He was introduced to the press yesterday and you can watch it here.  One of the interesting tidbits to come from it (and not that shocking with some of the lower leagues), he hasn’t been paid his salary by FK Jagodina in Serbia.  And I am doing my best from buying his jersey, but think about all the soccer hipster points you would get for it.

Roderick covered these in The OT Report, but a couple injury updates.  Zak Whitbread is one of a few injured Derby County players the team is hoping to get back on the field following the international break.  He has been out for a while with back and hamstring issues.

And Bobby Wood may be available to return this weekend in Erzgebirge Aue’s game against 1860 Munich.

Club Tijuana’s website has a story up with Paul Arriola and John Requejo Jr. following their trip to England with the US U-20 team.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words on trying to figure out the mindset of Jurgen Klinsmann.

And let’s end this with some lower league transfer news.

Goalkeeper Keith Cardona is returning to the US after signing with NASL’s Indy Eleven.  Cardona spent 2014 in Austria with FC Leifering.

And while one player is returning, Creighton product David Abidor is headed to Sweden after signing with Division 1 (third tier) side Dalkurd FF.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex DeJohn, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, David Abidor, Duane Holmes, Freddy Adu, John Requejo Jr., Jozy Altidore, Keith Cardona, Maki Tall, Paul Arriola, US U-20 National Team, William Yarbrough

A few links for Monday
   March 30, 2015 (12:04 AM) by Matt Benson

Here are a few links to start your week.

Aron Johannsson has been ruled out for Tuesday’s game with a toe infection.  Jordan Morris has been called in from the US U-23 team in Bosnia to replace him.

Jurgen Klinsmann told ESPN’s Doug McIntyre that he plans on calling in the Euro-based players for the June friendlies against Germany and Netherlands even though most of the European seasons end in early May and the Gold Cup is not until July.  So much for any vacation.

Normally a wing player for the US but he plays centrally at the club level, Alejandro Bedoya is willing to play wherever on the field for the USMNT.

The US finally found out its first opponent of the Gold Cup as Honduras overcame a 3-1 first leg deficit to beat French Guiana 4-3 aggregate.  The US will face Honduras at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on July 7.

Here are highlights of the US U-23’s 5-2 win over Bosnia from Friday.  And here are some photos from training with the U-23ers.

The US U-23 team will be taking on Mexico’s U-23 team at the StubHub Center on Wednesday, April 22.  Tickets will go on sale this Thursday.  I might have to pick up a ticket for this.

The U-20 team lost their game against England’s U-21 team, 2-1, on Sunday.  Here is the game report.  Hopefully the highlights will become available in the next couple of days.

In case you missed it, Freddy Adu signed with Finnish side KuPS.  He won’t be the only American at the club as former New England Revolution defender Stephen McCarthy signed with the club in January.

Also in Finland, former Santa Clara forward Harrison Hanley signed with Mikkelin Palloilijat.  He has already played in a couple Suomen Cup matches.

Chris Tsonis was last seen in Iceland with Fjölnir last season but he is now with USL’s New York Red Bulls II.

Devann Yao scored a goal and had an assist in Neustrelitz’s 2-0 win over Greifswalder SV in the semifinals of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Regional Cup last week.

Luca de la Torre scored two goals with Fulham’s U-18 team this weekend.  Still looking for highlights of the brace.

US U-17 forward Haji Wright has trained/trialed with some teams in Europe over the last two years but it looks like he is going to sign with the New York Cosmos.

Quentin Westberg finally found a new home in Norway with Sarpsborg 08.

Caleb Stanko looks like he is getting closer to returning to the field/training after tearing his ACL in 2014.

Want some more Google-translated interviews?  Here is one with Devante Parker.

And finally, it looks like a couple Americans (Tomas Buchmiller and Samuel Strong) are on trial with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Caleb Stanko, Chris Tsonis, Devann Yao, Devante Parker, Freddy Adu, Haji Wright, Harrison Hanley, Luca de la Torre, Quentin Westberg, Samuel Strong, Stephen McCarthy, Tomas Buchmiller, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team

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