Young soccer phenomenon set to make debut

April 2, 2004, midnight | 20 years, 2 months ago

Adu will play first pro game

This is not original reporting. All statistics have been compiled from The Washington Post.

The young soccer superstar Freddy Adu will be making his professional soccer debut with D.C. United at RFK stadium Saturday afternoon.

Adu, 14, a native of Ghana who moved to Potomac, MD several years ago will begin his much-anticipated professional soccer career in D.C United's home opener against the defending MLS champion San Jose Earthquakes.

Adu's debut has attracted large numbers of fans and media, as the game is nearly sold out and will be played on national television. However, despite the interest D.C. United officials will not be opening the upper deck of the stadium, so only 24,603 seats of the 52,000 seat capacity stadium will be open.

Officials have kept seating limited for games in an attempt to create a high demand for tickets and encourage fans to purchase tickets ahead of time, instead of buying them at the door.

Meanwhile, camera crews and photographers have been attending D.C. United practices and workouts to get a peek at Adu; additionally Adu has been featured on "60 Minutes", MTV and appeared in Sports Illustrated.

Adu has maintained his composure throughout the attention and simply looks forward to playing soccer. "I am so eager to get out there and play. Every day I sit there and think about how I can't wait until April 3. Some people think I'm nervous, but not at all. I want to get out there and play so bad, so very bad," said Adu in The Washington Post.

Saturday Adu will get to prove his abilities at the professional level and demonstrate he is all the player he is made up to be.

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