And without further ado, Adu.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies have announced a contract, pending International Transfer Clearance, with well-known soccer star Freddy Adu, a player who has been in the highlights since being selected No. 1 in the draft when he was 14.
In those days, it was common to refer to Adu as “the next Pele.”
Adu played for Rowdies coach Thomas Rongen on the U.S. Under 20 team, and once scored three goals in a game against Poland.
“Freddy and I have always respected each other, Rongen said. in a statement “He’s a very unique player, very gifted. He’s a difference maker. He’s got superb technical abililty and field awareness. He’s a guy I’ve always enjoyed behind around on and offthe field. He’s got a wonderful sense of humoar and is a good teammate. He can make any team better.”
Certainly, Adu makes the Rowdies more interesting. Tampa Bay was shut out last week, and its offense has lacked the ability to close for most of the season. It will be intriguing to see what Adu can add.
The Rowdies are home for their next two matches, Saturday night against FC Edmonton and the following week against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.