Morning Ticker: Conde wants out (again), Dempsey's not-so-new deal and the fake Freddy Adu rumor

Morning Ticker: Conde wants out (again), Dempsey's not-so-new deal and the fake Freddy Adu rumor

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Morning Ticker: Conde wants out (again), Dempsey's not-so-new deal and the fake Freddy Adu rumor

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Good morning all. It’s a rainy morning on Washington D.C. and I’ll be heading back north shortly after finishing a story for ESPN.com on the struggling squad known as D.C. United.

Here are are some interesting tidbits to tide you over this morning:

Conde wants out (again)

So much for things being patched up between Wilman Conde and the Chicago Fire. ESPN reporter Pedro Gomes reported last night that Wilman Conde is frustrated with his situation and wants to leave Chicago.

How bad are things with Conde? Well, the Colombian defender stayed away from the team for most of the night and was nowhere to be found in the post-game celebration. He didn’t set foot in the Fire locker room and essentially kept to himself before the team departed. The fact that he didn’t even dress for last night’s 2-0 win against D.C. United probably didn’t help matters.

Does this mean Conde’s days with the Fire are numbered? Not necessarily. He started in this morning’s reserve match and Fire officials expressed confidence in getting Conde to buy into to staying. One thing is clear, Chicago won’t be trading him to the Red Bulls. You have a better chance of seeing a Red Bull logo replacing the Best Buy logo on the Fire uniform than seeing Conde reuniting with Juan Carlos Osorio any time soon.

Dempsey’s (not so) new deal

Remember the reports of Dempsey signing a new deal the day before Fulham’s crucial match against Birmingham. There was no new deal. According to a source close to Dempsey, Dempsey had an option year kick in after playing in his 40th match for Fulham and did NOT sign a new contract. He still has two years left on his Fulham contract and could still make a move this summer if Fulham fails to avoid relegation this weekend. Fulham can avoid relegation with a win against Portsmouth on Sunday.

No truth to Adu benching rumor

One popular rumor making the rounds among American soccer fans is that Freddy Adu has become Mr. Invisible at Benfica because the club doesn’t want him to reach perfomance and appearance totals that would kick in a large transfer bonus to Major League Soccer.

Don’t buy it.

According to sources with knowledge of Adu’s transfer, there is no truth to that rumor and Adu has simply fallen out of favor as Benfica chose to go with veterans down the stretch of what became a disappointing season for the Portuguese power. Don’t be surprised if Adu is placed on the transfer list this summer, with a move out of Portugal a real possibility. That is unless Benfica’s new manager (Sven anybody?) decides to keep Adu a serious look, which he deserves based on how well he has played in the small amount of playing time he has received.

Euro news and notes

Frank Rijkaard out, Pep Guardiola in at Barcelona. … Tomas Rosicky to miss Euro 2008. … Arsene Wenger plays down Hleb exit rumors.

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