Why Freddy Adu matters ... and four more things we learned
Five things we learned from Spain's 1-0 win over the U.S. on Wednesday in Santander, Spain:
The 19-year-old Adu is one of the few U.S. players who has confidence on the ball in tight space, and he was dangerous in his 45 minutes of action, unsettling the Spanish defense, drawing fouls and serving some penetrating balls to
Adu was also noticeable by his
The orange-cone defending that allowed
I guess it's a promising sign that Johnson put himself in a couple of positions to score against England and Spain, but at this level
As we learned again against Spain, he's not there yet. When Bradley gets fatigued he starts leaving his feet with abandon, and it began in the 62nd minute on Wednesday when he went to ground to take out
I still think Bradley will get out of this phase at some point, and when he does he will be a 90-minute menace at the club and international levels because he covers so much ground and sees so much of the field.
Then again, Altitdore should get his chance in Spain soon enough with Wednesday's news that MLS had reached an agreement to sell him to Villarreal for a U.S. and MLS record transfer of around $10 million, which includes performance-based bonuses but does not include a clause that would provide MLS more money based on any future sale of Altidore to another club (per a source close to the deal).
Even if Altidore does get loaned by Villarreal to Recreativo Huelva, as has been reported in the Spanish media, the chance to play in La Liga is a golden one for the 18-year-old U.S. striker -- and a more attractive option than playing for Reading in the Premier League would have been had MLS accepted that offer a few months ago.
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