Fabulous Freddy Adu
Then there was Copa America. Granted it was a B-list U.S. squad, lacking key performers such as Landon Donovan and Tim Howard. But the results were undeniably miserable. I could handle the 4-1 pasting at the hands of Argentina. And even the 3-1 loss to Paraguay--in which the U.S. had approximately 87 prime opportunities to score, but simply couldn't stick the ball in the net--was stomachable. But the dreadful 1-0 loss to Colombia, in which the Americans didn't seem to have a clue, was humiliating. It was the worst performance I can recall watching at least since Chad Deering was regularly suiting up for the yanks.
But hope has been restored by Freddy Adu and the U-20 squad. After a tepid 1-1 draw against South Korea in its opening match, the Americans have been tearing it up at the World Cup in Canada. They thrashed Poland 6-1 on the strength of a spectacular hat trick by Adu. Then they stunned Brazil with a 2-1 victory on Friday night. Jozy Altidore, the 17-year-old Red Bull star, bagged both goals, but the best player on the pitch was once again Adu. His audacious run to set up the gamewinner should alone earn him a plane ticket out of Salt Lake City. The Americans will now take on Uruguay on Wednesday in the second round.
U.S. v. Poland:
U.S. v. Brazil: