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Timbers will not sign Adu following preseason stint

Freddy Adu v CAR

Freddy Adu recently joined the Portland Timbers for preseason training, but that’s all that will come out of the midfielder’s stay with the team.

According to head coach Caleb Porter, Adu will not join the Timbers for the upcoming MLS season. The news comes just two weeks after Adu joined the club for the start of MLS preseason. Adu played in two of the team’s three preseason friendlies, logging a total of 75 minutes.

“Freddy is no longer with us,” Porter said, according to Oregon Live. “He had two weeks and we were up front and honest with him about where we’re at. More than anything, you look at the depth, there’s just not going to be a spot.”

Adu had previously played under Caleb Porter while a member of the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team.

The Timbers return to action Thursday for a friendly against Real Salt Lake at Providence Park.

  • Hood Rich

    All you street ballers out there, those with sublime individual skills but lack work ethic and discipline, take notice.

    It’s why many players with top individual skills but deficient in all other parts of the game don’t make the grade to the pros.

    Adu is not the only example; another one is a guy who was a Man Utd prospect, and played for Villareal and then NE Rev, no need to name him, but the OGs here know whats up.


    • Old School

      If AND1 was comprised of internet posts, I guess this post would have been on the mixtape?


  • bizzy

    NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! I knew it, that’s exactly why I didn’t get my hopes up. Porter did give him a fair shot and he looked decent in preseason but not like a guy battling for a spot on a team like the Timbers, with the likes of Diego Valeri, Darlington Nagbe and new Designated Player signing Sebastian Blanco. Doing just enough to get by or get signed doesn’t cut it at this level anymore.


  • Mike

    Caleb is a good coach but he is very rude and not nice when it comes to players. I got hurt and was in a lot of pain at the Akron soccer camp back in 2009 by the awful field we played on that caused blisters. He did nothing and was like what the heck is he hurt or something. Smh I was done after that.


  • DGH

    Is it just me that keeps hoping for a success/comeback story to come out of him? This country needs a uniting force right now and I thought Freddy was going to be it. :-/


  • NE Revs

    In all seriousness, doesn’t Adu’s inability to make an MLS squad in his prime (age 27) prove to be valuable evidence of how much the league has grown since 2004-2007, when he was the #1 pick and scored 17 goals in 98 appearances for DC/RSL?


    • Chase

      A little bit of that, but mostly that Freddy isn’t actually 27.

      I kid, I didn’t really watch MLS back then, but it definitely seems to have grown in just the past 6 years or so that I’ve been paying attention.


    • Lost in Space

      I forget Freddy’s age when he signed for DC United (I think 15 yrs old)….but when they signed him he was viewed as a major talent/prospect. He got minimal minutes the first year (or 2) than was sold at a profit.
      Yes the league has improved considerably since he originally signed, but his not being offered a contract by the Timbers has less to do with how much the league has improved and more to do with how far Freddy has fallen. Freddy has been a professional player with 13 clubs over the past 13 years. He’s never stayed with a club for more than 2 seasons. This clearly points to the fact that there is something wrong with the player. His inability to put in the work/effort required to play in even a 2nd tier league…speaks volumes.


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