Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Bruce Arena ready to call Freddy Adu up

Goal.com is reporting that US Coach Bruce Arena will give Freddy Adu a chance during January’s training camp. Arena gave this hint while speaking at a symposium in California.

"Arena said he has about a dozen places reserved for European-based players. This means only about ten places are open to players in MLS, with a couple of those earmarked already for players like Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson and Pablo Mastroeni.

"'We went through an important year in 2005 where neither Eddie Johnson, John O'Brien, Claudio Reyna nor Cory Gibbs were around much due to injuries, and those are four players that you would think are clearly going to be on our roster for Germany,' said Arena at the Futbol de Primera 2005 Honda Symposium in Los Angeles."

The odds of Adu making the big team are very much against him (as they should be), but I think it is an excellent decision to allow him to train with team. He needs this kind of involvement to improve over time.

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