Freddy Adu: Retracing Early Steps of United States’ False Hero

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Published: December 25, 2014

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The news-cycle narrative of Freddy Adu is true to form for the false hero of United States soccer: absent, disappointing and unfulfilled. 

Adu-mania shaped his career on the path to much Adu about nothing.

"A blind man on a galloping horse can see [Adu's] talent," then-DC United manager Ray Hudson said, per The Washington Times. "He's a little faberge egg, and everyone's trying to protect him."

Blind man on a galloping horse: Piero Ausilio, Inter Milan's sporting director.

"Freddy is the first American that we have ever seen with potential as a pro [in Serie A]," Ausilio said, per The Washington Post (h/t BBC Sport). "We have never done this before."

What hadn't Ausilio done before?

Offer six figures to the mother of a pre-teen, who arrived in the United States from Ghana, thanks to the green-card lottery. 



Protecting Adu like a "little faberge egg," his mother, Emelia, rebuffed Inter Milan's overture.

"I get calls from people in England and Italy, and people back in my home country [Ghana] who said they would take care of Freddy," Emelia said, per Amy Rosewater at USA Today. "He is just too young. I want him to get an education."

Emelia refused to compromise her values for money, despite Adu's father abandoning the family.

"No, I don't see [dad]. He's completely out of the picture," Adu said, per Lesley Stahl at 60 minutes. "[Mum] would wake up at five in the morning, leave at six, go to work. She gets off work at six in the evening, to go to an overnight job."

This is the smoking gun which contradicts the unsubstantiated claims of Adu being an alleged age-fraud, a convenient way of explaining his drastic regression.

If Adu's mother allegedly doctored his age to give h...
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