VIDEO – Freddy Adu still hoping for World Cup chance with USA: “You never know”

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Can you believe it, 10 years ago next month a 14-year-old U.S. soccer superstar hyped as ‘the next Pele’ made his debut in Major League Soccer for D.C. United.

Freddy Adu… remember him? Of course you do.

We all know his story, too much too young, burnout and poor career choices that have derailed the next best thing into a player that is now without a club and training with Blackpool in the English Championship.

But it was while training with English second-tier side Blackpool Town that Adu sat down with the Seasiders media staff and was asked about the World Cup this summer and playing for the USA.

Adu was adamant that he must find a good playing situation at a club to have any chance of making Jurgen Klinsmann’s plans.

“You never know,” Adu said. “You play well for the next couple of months and you’re in camp for the World Cup. You just never know. You have to make the right decision and you have to do what you have to do to get on the field and play and when you get on the field, you have to make a difference on the field and stay there.”

Fans of soccer in the U.S. and the national team have always had, and probably will always have, a soft spot for Adu. To think that he is still only 24-years-old is mind-boggling and really makes his story seem even more incredible. From D.C. United to Benfica, a trial with Manchester United, a spell with the Philadelphia Union and difficult loan stints in Greece and Brazil, it has been a bumpy old road for Adu in the past few years.

(MORE: Adu to be released from Brazilian club Bahia due to “technical deficiencies”)

He spoke about that, and the pressure of being in the spotlight at such a young age and how that changed him as a person. Plus the young American also discussed his plans for the immediate future and how he is in no rush to sign for anyone, after previously making bad decisions on which clubs he signed for. Adu spoke fondly about his experience at Blackpool so far, as he managed to set the training stint up via his agent having a contact with the former Premier League side.

Whatever your feelings are on Adu, watch the video above to see where he is at right now. I still think there are a few chapters left in his incredible life story.

But will that include a stint back in the U.S. national team camp?

Report: Colorado acquires USMNT mid Acosta for Badji

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The West’s first place team is switching it up in a big way.

FC Dallas is sending Homegrown Player and USMNT midfielder Kellyn Acosta to Western foes Colorado Rapids in exchange for striker Dominique Badji, according to a report by The Dallas Morning News.

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Acosta, 22, has 17 caps and a goal for the U.S., and is primarily a defensive midfielder. He’s also played right and left back.

He’s appeared 139 times for Dallas, scoring 13 times with nine assists, but had fallen out with head coach Oscar Pareja. He’s also struggled mightily on the field, according to WhoScored.

Badji, 25, has seven goals and three assists in 16 matches for the Rapids this season, building on an eight-goal, five-assist campaign last season.

FCD has gotten six goals out of forward Maxi Urruti, and there’s been little production from anyone else. Cristian Colman is out with an ankle injury and managed just a pair of goals in 399 minutes.

The risk of trading Acosta is mitigated by the continued speculation that he may test the waters of European soccer. Badji’s a quality player, but Colorado may’ve gotten a bargain in its push to escape the dregs of the West.

Quintero, Loons pick LAFC apart in five-star win (video)

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Minnesota United throttled LAFC on Sunday, using a Christian Ramirez brace to batter the hot expansion team 5-1 in Minnesota.

Darwin Quintero had a goal and two assists for the Loons, who took advantage of LAFC’s decision not to start dominant forward Adama Diomande and center back Walker Zimmerman.

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Quintero ripped off seven shots, putting five on goal. He now has 10 goals and five assists since joining the Loons after scoring two and eight in 29 matches for Club America last year.

Miguel Ibarra recorded a goal and an assist, while Rasmus Schuller also scored. LAFC’s goal came courtesy Benny Feilhaber.

Minnesota’s Bobby Shuttleworth and LA’s Tyler Miller each made six saves in their goals.

LAFC fails in a bid to make up points on Western Conference first seed FC Dallas, while the Loons now can eye a playoff spot in the West.

Already-thin Liverpool center back corps loses Matip to quad injury

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Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund featured an injury to a position with very little depth.

The Reds lost Joel Matip to what Jurgen Klopp said could possibly be a “small tear” in one of his quads.

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If Matip, 26, needs any significant time to heal up, he’ll put a major question mark into Liverpool’s opening day center back pairing.

Virgil Van Dijk, who scored against BVB on Sunday, already won’t have Dejan Lovren as a partner thanks to a post-World Cup vacation.

That leaves Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan as options next to Van Dijk.

Matches at Crystal Palace and home to Brighton and Hove Albion follow the Aug. 12 visit from West Ham.

Guingamp: 11-goal captain Briand off to Montreal

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Guingamp captain Jimmy Briand is making the move from Ligue 1 to Major League Soccer.

The French side announced that the 32-year-old, capped five times by France between 28-32, is coming to the Montreal Impact.

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Briand spent time with Lyon and Hannover after a eight-year stint with Rennes, where he was teammates with former USMNT captain Carlos Bocanegra.

The center forward scored 11 goals last season in France, including markers against Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.

Briand could provide a big missing piece of Montreal’s attack. The Impact have playmakers in Ignacio Piatti and Saphir Taidir, but haven’t found much from their forwards.