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A look back at Adu’s bittersweet Sunday

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Freddy Adu was having a day. The Philadelphia Union midfielder was toying with the New York Red Bulls defense, pulling off amazing moves and setting up Philly forwards with chance after chance. The game had all the makings of a banner day for Adu.

Then a second yellow put an end to Adu's day before the first half was even over.

Referee Jorge Gonzalez sent Adu off for a dive in the penalty area. After the match, Adu was still shaking his head at the decision. He insisted that he fell to the ground because he was lost his footing trying to avoid contact from Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty. Gonzalez wasn't buying any of it, pulling out the second yellow immediately (it should be noted that Adu's first yellow card came on a rough challenge on Roy Miller that some refs might have pulled out a red card for).

The red card Adu did receive left the Union a man down for more than 45 minutes in a match they eventually lost, 3-2, to the now first-place New York Red Bulls.

In case you missed it, here are the highlights and lowlights of Adu's bittersweet Sunday:

 

What did you think of Adu's performance? Did you agree with the second yellow card or do you think the referee overreacted? Encouraged by Adu's offensive contributions on Sunday?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. That red on Adu is soft. If I were a ref, I wouldn’t have pulled a card on the “dive”.

    The first challenge was bad and borderline red. Was Adu doing pulling some other borderline stuff that the ref was waiting for?

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  2. Good on Kenny for pulling a great (to date) season out of his back side. hell of a good guy and team mate, but if you had seen him play last season with Timbers you would have been agreeing with the “got robbed” statement.
    I’ve never seen a 220 lb 6ft3″ player hit the turf as many times as I saw Cooper laying on the pitch last season. And, he wouldn’t stay in the middle of the offensive third, which is kind of a requirement of a center forward. the service to him wasn’t stellar, but he continually played way out to the side all last year.

    But who knows why players blossom in some situations and absolutely disappear in others.

    It’s every player’s dream to make the team that traded feel like the biggest fools ever.
    Kenny is certainly making a case for himself.

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  3. Dear MLS Referees:

    You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment. You are NOT the entertainment.

    How many f*$%&@g times do we have to tell you that?

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  4. You forgot one pd, most dives also include:
    the grab (grabbing the ball to force the ref to make a call)

    Adu had to practically move his arm to AVOID the ball, and could have EASILY grabbed it if he wanted to truly complete the dive.

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