December 29

Bid to Adu is unlikely

first_imgCARSON – Freddy Adu remembers the day he found out he had earned a shot at making this year’s U.S. World Cup roster. “I actually saved that e-mail,” he said, smiling. “It was so exciting for me.” “You never know what might happen,” he said. “They might take you for a different reason, other than being out there and scoring goals.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAt the same time, the D.C. United forward is considered a long shot to make the 23-man roster, and he knows it. “Half the team is already sorted out with the European guys,” he said. “Realistically, there are maybe two or three spots left on the team.” Coach Bruce Arena said Thursday that he expects half the roster to be comprised of European-based Americans, with the other half coming from Major League Soccer. “Our expectations for Freddy are not great,” he said. “It’s just good to get him in here and give him a feel of what this is about with the national team and see where he is and compare him with others.” But Adu isn’t letting that get him down. center_img The 16-year-old is among 28 players who reported this week to the national team’s first training camp of the year. Adu, who had never been invited to practice with the national team before, ran and went through shooting drills Thursday during the first full day of workouts, then played a scrimmage in which his side won. “I’m actually looking to impress right now,” he said. “I’m going to work my butt off. I’m going to do whatever I have to do to try and make this team because that’s always been my goal. There’s no holding back now.” last_img read more