Originally Posted by WVRed
Put me in the "no" column.
Wasn't Freddy Adu supposed to be the savior of soccer two to three years ago?
Freddy Adu could have very easily been the savior of American soccer but he wasn't really given a chance when he still had hype in his corner.
Adu was 14 when he signed with D.C. United. He just didn't have the physical presence to play the game. You are talking about a 14 year old kid playing a man's game weighing in at a 130 lbs at best when the average professional is closer to 170. He couldn't brush off weak tackles and this severely limited his opportunity on the field.
Can't say that I blame the coach IMO.
Also Beckham coming over could possibly be great for our league. We paid him entirely too much money but in Europe he is the equivalent of McGwire in '98 or Griffey in the mid 90's as far as popularity. A lot of this signing is to get European soccer fans interested in our game as well as supply a better product on the field so possibly our own fans will watch the MLS. Myself I refuse to watch the MLS because the soccer is barely a step up from collegiate ball. I have personally played with a handful of players from D.C. United and was not nearly as impressed with their skill compared to mine as I would have been had it been a major league pitcher compared to me.
This signing could very well be the beginning of a steady influx of European players into America. If we get enough "star" caliber players the world will take notice.