American Soccer Prodigy

2003-03-06 11:12 ☼ post

Child’s play: 13-year-old phenom lifts U.S. U-17s to 3-0 rout of Jamaica

Freddy Adu became the youngest player ever to wear the American uniform Wednesday night as he collected a goal and an assist to lead the Under-17 team to a 3-0 blanking of Jamaica.

I like soccer a lot, but I don’t follow it as religiously as the major U.S. sports so I had never heard of Freddy Adu before today. Based on what I’ve just read it looks like he’s going to be HUGE by the time he plays in his first World Cup for the U.S. (conceivably at age 17, just four years from now). If MLS can hang onto him for a while (and he develops into the player that everyone expects) soccer popularity in this country could go through the roof. Americans embrace athletic greatness and Freddy Adu sounds like a potential superstar.

SIs Grant Wahl:

Adu Taking The Stage

Who’s Next? Freddy Adu