Freddy Adu Excited About All-Star Game in Chicago
By Todd McClamroch in News on Jul 25, 2006 3:42PM
Major League Soccer All-Star selectee Freddy Adu was in town for a regular season match with the Chicago Fire this weekend. He extended his trip to demonstrate some of his moves with the kids participating in the 13th Annual Mayor's Cup Youth Soccer Tournament in Lincoln Park.
Freddy Adu, at seventeen years old, is just one of 18 Major League All-Stars on the squad that will take on English Premier League champions Chelsea FC on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. Chicagoist sat down with Freddy after the event to talk about the upcoming game. Freddy had his first experience in Toyota Park the night before in a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire so we asked him what he thought of the Fire's new digs; "It was amazing, it's a nice stadium, the fans are close, the atmosphere is just rocking.... It will be a good, good, good home field advantage for the MLS All-Stars."
Freddy is looking forward to linking up with some MLS players that he has never played alongside with. One in particular is Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy. The All-Star team is selected by the fans of Major League Soccer, the All-Star coach Peter Nowak and the Commisioner Don Garber. We asked Freddy who he would add to the roster if he could select two additional players. Freddy selected fellow DC United Teammate Brian Carroll and Colorado Rapid Terry Cooke.
Adu is looking forward to going one-on-one with one of the best defenders in the English Premier League, Chelsea's John Terry. Adu pointed out, "He is unreal, I want to see where my game is at the moment. When you go against the best in the world, that is when you can gauge yourself."
A few weeks ago Adu scored a goal against Celtic FC of the Scotish Premier League. Adu mentioned that performing well in a game like that or the All-Star game "lets you know how far you have come. Right now, I am just enjoying it. I am playing with a lot of confidence." Chicagoans can still get their hands on a few remaining tickets for the 2006 Sierra Mist Major League All-Star Game through Major League Soccer. Or you can catch the game live on ESPN on Saturday, August 5, at 6:30pm.
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