Aug. 13, 2008
By Michael Lewis
Adu: 'worst feeling I've had
Beijing, China -- U.S. Olympic midfielder Freddy Adu made a vow never to let what transpired at this year's Summer Games happen to him again.
That was getting suspended for a key match after accruing two yellow cards.
Adu watched the game from the stands. “This is the worst feeling I’ve had as a professional athlete after a loss in a tournament because I couldn’t be out there with the guys," he said.
"Obviously, as a player it's not a great feeling. It's tough watching this team play in a must-win game or in a game of this magnitude. For me, I hope this never happens to me ever again. I want to be on the field helping the guys out."
Adu enjoyed a marvelous match against the Netherlands, highlighted by a pair of brilliant runs through the Dutch defense.
"Sometimes things didn't go our way and sometimes we didn't show what we were capable of," he said. "If you fight hard, at the end of the day you have something to do proud about."
Michael Bradley was the other Olympic player who was forced out of Wednesday's action due to two yellow cards.
When asked if he felt the U.S. shot itself in the foot in the wake of the two suspensions and Orozco's red-card, Bradley replied, "I'm not sure what we could have done differently," he said. "When you step onto the field, you give everything you have for the team. What are going to tell Freddy, not to go for that ball? Are you going to tell Stuart Holden try not to win that tackle? Are you going to tell me? Are you going to tell Michael Orozco that three minutes into the game he's trying to use his body that he shouldn't do that?
"What people don't understand that when you step onto the field you give everything you have for the team. For people its afterwards to look back and say, do you think you shot yourself in the foot . . . no. To me that's soccer. we didn't get a break here or there when we needed it."
The U.S. was so close Sunday night before surrendering the free kick goal. Ironically, they almost scored off a free kick as Charlie Davies' header off Dax McCarty's free kick banged off the crossbar in the 90th minute.
“These tournaments are such a fine line between in and out," Bradley said. "You walk that line and it goes one way or the other, and sometimes you just need a call here, or a call there to sort of push you in the right direction. We missed that today.”