American soccer fans had a rough weekend, with the US Men’s National Team falling to its arguably lowest state in a decade or more with losses in the much-hyped CONCACAF Cup to Mexico and the CONCACAF U-23 Semifinals to Honduras. One positive that seems to have been missed was Freddy Adu’s stellar play for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Adu, who created both American goals in the US’ 4-2 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final loss to Mexico at the Rose Bowl in 2011 was strangely not discussed in FOX’s multiple flashback features to that match in hyping this weekend’s CONCACAF Cup. In Saturday’s match, Mexico defeated the United States 3-2 after extra time at the Rose Bowl. The US clearly lacked a creative force like Adu in the match and struggled to maintain any sort of consistency in the midfield.
By contrast, Adu getting playing time and doing well at a time when the United States is struggling on the field must attract some notice. If the one-time teenage phenom who was a US semi regular senior men’s team call-up until Bob Bradley’s very last game as Manager continues to perform at this level, under-fire US Manager Jürgen Klinsmann will have to consider a belated recall for Adu. Klinsmann has a stubborn policy toward players he casts aside, but with his regime in serious trouble, maybe Adu can be part of the solution?
The Rowdies drew with NASL leaders Ottawa 1-1 in St Petersburg on Saturday with Adu providing a wonder assist to level the game late when the Rowdies were down a man chasing a result. You can watch the video below.
With the draw, Tampa Bay moved ahead of Fort Lauderdale and Edmonton into the final NASL Championship position with three weeks remaining in the campaign.