Jojo probably regrets dating freddy adu
I’m only 26 and I can change and correct the things I’ve done wrong, and that’s what I’m focused on right now.” Adu is preparing for his 13th professional year and second season with North American Soccer League club Tampa Bay Rowdies.He overcame a rough start to his time in Tampa Bay, which saw him suffer an injury and the coach who brought him in — Thomas Rongen — fired in surprising fashion.
He struggled to find playing time and eventually turned his attention back to Europe, where he previously endured a string of loan moves during a disappointing stint with Benfica, which bought him from Real Salt Lake in 2007.His career has seen him play for more than a dozen clubs, with few of those moves yielding success.It has been that inconsistency that has added to the perception that Adu’s career has been a failure.“Freddy’s a real paradox in the sense that when you look at athletes, a lot of times the people that don’t make it don’t understand what it takes to succeed,” he added. So too has his appreciation for the opportunity he has found playing for the Rowdies, in a league he had previously considered beneath him before giving it a chance last year.“NASL’s level was much higher than I thought it was going to be — I was pleasantly surprised,” Adu said. At that time, Adu had just spent half a season playing for Turkish second-division side Rizespor, which helped him earn his way into Bob Bradley’s plans for the Gold Cup.“So he was obviously anxious to get back right away, but we wanted him to get to a certain level of fitness.
He worked hard and when he was ready he started playing on a regular basis, probably more than he had in two or three years.” This offseason marks the first time since 2012 that Adu is returning to the same team for a second campaign.
You seemingly can’t go a few months without someone trotting out Adu’s name when discussing sports busts and unmet expectations. It really did.” Adu didn’t pull any punches when discussing the past few years of his career, which saw him leave MLS for a second time and bounce around leagues in Brazil, Finland and Serbia.
“I’ve looked back on these past few years and I’ve wasted a lot of time, wasted years of my career, just not dedicating the time I should have to the sport,” Adu said. Lucky for me, I started so early that time wasted doesn’t mean I’m 33 or 34 and it’s too late for me.
I just wanted to play soccer and be out on the field training.
I was happy going to training every day, it was something fun to do and I didn’t need anything else.” Peter Nowak’s firing as Union coach helped expedite Adu’s departure from Philadelphia as new coach John Hackworth grew tired of the player’s lack of focus and his penchant for partying, which the club felt was having a negative effect on a young squad.
Adu’s second crack at Europe was a brutal run of disappointment as he ventured to a pair of obscure leagues in Serbia and Finland in puzzling moves that seemed to defy explanation. I thought going to these obscure European cities and towns, and playing there and maybe doing well, was going to give me an opportunity in bigger leagues, but the whole experience and my idea of making it in Europe wasn’t that.