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.”
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.
Picked up a minor injury that has put me out for the last few days. Working hard and hopefully will be back to full training soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.