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The Professional Foul typically tries to exercise restraint and control over its emotions and general demeanor, but every so often, we come across a particular news item that causes even us to betray our customary calm to the extent that —

OMG YOU GUYS DID YOU HEAR THE NEWS ABOUT FREDDY ADU??? THEY SAY HE’S TRAINING IN ENGLAND AND —

Our apologies. We must compose ourselves. What were we saying? Ah, yes. American ex-prodigy Fredua Korantang Adu, more commonly known as Freddy Adu, is reportedly close to joining an actual professional club after being cut from Brazilian club Bahia at the close of last year. The club in question is Blackpool F.C., currently a member in the English Championship, and if he does sign with them, it will be the American attacking midfielder’s tenth club in —

TAKE THAT HATERZ!!1! FREDDY’S BACK AND YOU CAN BOOK HIS TICKET TO BRAZIL THIS SUMMER BECAUSE HE’S —

Sorry again, it’s just that the news is so… important. If Adu’s tryout with Blackpool is successful, he will be playing in his seventh league since signing his first professional contract in 2004. The list has included Major League Soccer, The Portuguese Premiera League, French Ligue One, Superleague Greece, Turkish Superliga, and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. In his most recent stint in Brazil, Adu made a total of seven appearances over one season, scoring no —

DON’T FORGET GUYS! THIS IS THE GUY WHO THE GREAT PELE ANOINTED AS HIS HEIR AND EVERY SCOUT IN THE WORLD KNEW WAS GONNA BE THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD! FORGET ABOUT ALL THE GUYS ON THE U.S. NATIONAL TEAM WHO’VE PUT IN THE TIME AND EFFORT TO HELP U.S. SOCCER GROW BECAUSE WE’VE GOT OURSELVES A BONA FIDE SAVIOR, AND HE’S —

Just stop.

In all seriousness, we hope that Freddy joins Blackpool (or some other good-fitting club) because we would love to see him succeed. The promise he showed as a youth was undeniable. To be sure, he lost his way (and probably did so relatively early in his career), but that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t matured enough over the years to become a valuable player. He’s still just 24 years old. Let’s see what happens.

Good luck, Freddy.

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