Once-projected phenom turned cautionary tale Freddy Adu opened up to Ives Galarcep about his recent career moves and failures. Adu said, “I’ve looked back on these past few years and I’ve wasted a lot of time, wasted years of my career, just not dedicating the time I should have to the sport.” He also added that both Bahia in Brazil and Jagodina in Serbia still owe him money.
Caitlin Murray of The Guardian reported that the United States women’s national team will no longer play their games on turf. According to their representative, Rich Nichols “They are not playing on artificial turf. Period.” He also added, “They’ve had to endure second-class citizenship under the offices of US Soccer for many years. They’ve suffered injuries from playing on turf all these years. They’ve sucked it up and said: ‘We’re gonna do it for the good of the cause.’ But there comes a time when you can’t take it any more.”
In Major League Soccer news, Mexico national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio took a shot at the league, saying, “That league is for players at the end of their careers and not for a player who still has a lot to give.”
The LA Galaxy formally announced their signing of former Chelsea star Ashley Cole yesterday. The signing is sure to irk many MLS fans as Cole said in 2014 that he didn’t want to come to the American league because “I’m not ready to relax on a beach yet.”
Cole has already begun backtracking in an interview on the Galaxy’s own website, saying, “I’m not here for a holiday.”
Abroad, John Brooks picked up a back injury. Right now there is no word on how long he is expected to be out.
Stoke City also confirmed that Geoff Cameron is still injured and has been ruled out for this weekend’s FA Cup fixture.
Back on the women’s side of the game, the U.S. U-23′s beat Ireland’s senior team 3-0 on Monday. Last night, U.S. Soccer posted highlights of the match. The goal at 1:33 is particularly good.