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Freddy Adu

Adu playing for the United States at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Personal information
Full name Fredua Koranteng Adu
Date of birth (1989-06-02) June 2, 1989 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Tema, Ghana
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
2002–2003 IMG Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 D.C. United 87 (11)
2007 Real Salt Lake 11 (1)
2007–2011 Benfica 11 (2)
2008–2009 → AS Monaco (loan) 9 (0)
2009 → Belenenses (loan) 3 (0)
2010 → Aris (loan) 5 (1)
2011 → Çaykur Rizespor (loan) 11 (3)
2011–2013 Philadelphia Union 35 (7)
2013 Bahia 2 (0)
2014 Jagodina 0 (0)
2015 KuPS 5 (0)
2015 → KuFu-98 (loan) 3 (2)
2015–2016 Tampa Bay Rowdies 12 (0)
National team‡
2002–2003 United States U17 15 (16)
2003–2009 United States U20 33 (16)
2008–2012 United States U23 11 (5)
2006–2011 United States 17 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 22, 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 27, 2012

I couldn't ask for a better life.
It's frustrating at times when you think you've earned a chance to play on the field and you're over there sitting on the bench. That's not the kind of player I am. I'm the kind of player who wants to be out there on the field and needs to contribute every minute of every game.
Freddy Adu
My mom was always the supplier of soccer balls, and so people were always knocking on my door, and trying to get me out so we could play.
Freddy Adu
What do I have to cheat for? I've always been playing against people older than me anyways. So what do I have to cheat for?
Freddy Adu
I just want to go in with the right attitude and from Day 1 make a difference.
Freddy Adu
It's one of the best leagues in Europe in football. Benfica in my opinion is one of the top 10 biggest clubs in the world.
Freddy Adu
I wanted to get us a place of our own with a little bit more space. The kitchen is just huge, because my mom… lives there, man, and she loves being in the kitchen.
Freddy Adu
You can teach all the other stuff, you know. You can teach shooting the ball, you can teach having a good touch… passing and whatnot, but when you get out there on the field, it's just a mindset you need to go into the game with.
Freddy Adu
I need to go play football. I don't care about anything else.
You can't do anything to help your team win when you don't play.
I'm going to go in and play, because the most important thing is playing on the field and being able to contribute. I really am ready.
Freddy Adu
Nothing has been given to me.
I've always been one of the youngest guys on the team. But now I'm one of the older guys, one of the more experienced guys, and I have to be more of a leader. The guys are looking up to me, asking me questions and looking at me to step up.
Freddy Adu
I play a lot of Playstation, and always trying to look pretty for the girls.
Freddy Adu
When you play soccer, most of the time you got to get the ball moving, but once you get into that attacking third you gotta' be creative, you gotta' let your talent take over.
Freddy Adu
I need to be in a stable environment right now in my career. What I mean by that is a place where I can play and not have too much pressure on me and a place I can develop. Monaco wanted me and did whatever they could to get me so I feel very very good about that.
Freddy Adu
I think everything happens for a reason and all the things that happened to me – good, bad – I'm glad they did. It's made me ready for life, for adulthood.
Freddy Adu
Obviously, everybody has their own expectations of you, but you have to have your own expectations for yourself. For me, I'm right on track.
Freddy Adu
I mean, I couldn't ask for a better life, man.
I honestly didn't expect this much attention, but it just keeps happening so I must be doing something right.
Freddy Adu
I don't know French at all. I took some lessons when I was younger but all I know are the numbers. I've been told basically everyone in Monaco speaks English because of it being a huge vacation spot so I'm excited about that. I might not need to learn French after all.
Freddy Adu
Obviously, I'm at the beginning of my career, contrary to what anyone else thinks. I'm 19 years old. In any other country, everywhere else, you're a prospect. And that's what I am right now in Europe. I'm a prospect. I'm not a seasoned veteran.
Freddy Adu
When you get into the game you've got be thinking, when I get into the attacking third I'm gonna be freakin' creative.
Freddy Adu
I don't want to be one of those guys where I go there and wait a long time before I become a starter.
Freddy Adu
All I can say is, hey, if you have fun doing what you do, if you have fun playing soccer, the creativity is just going to come as time goes on.
Freddy Adu
When I'm out there on the field, I'm in a whole different world, you know? It's like, I'm just having so much fun.
Freddy Adu
A lot of people have been hyped up to be great but just disappeared. I promised myself I wouldn't be one of them.
Freddy Adu