Freddie Adu was supposedly only 15 years old when he started playing for DC United. I think this is suspicious in and of itself, but after seeing him play in person, I know the whole Adu thing is a joke. My son and I went to see DC United play, and like almost everyone there, we wanted to see this young phenom. Here's the reality; Adu not only doesn't start, he barely plays. Despite fans chanting "FREDDIE" (there goes the first name thing again), and stands filled with his jersey replicas, Adu didn't even enter the game until early in the second half. I kept expecting to see something amazing out of him, but instead I saw a barely noticable, lazy forward who wandered the field out of position, like so many young hispanic soccer players I have coached over the years. The most puzzling thing about Adu is the fact he doesn't appear to possess blazing speed. One would expect that the only way a kid that young could appear so remarkable to pro soccer scouts would be because he was so much faster than everyone else around him. Well, either he just didn't run his fastest that night, or he simply doesn't possess extraordinary speed. Anyway, I don't follow pro soccer much, but I understand that Adu somehow made the all-star team. Now, that must be a first; a forward, who isn't even a starter for his team, being their representative for the all-star game. A cynic would think that maybe the lords of pro soccer, in a desperate attempt to gain a following in the U.S., invented this allegedly underaged phenom in order to attract fans. If they did decide to do something dishonest like that, the phenom certainly wouldn't be a white player.