Caleb Porter Relying on Freddy Adu: Hoping He Can Lead U.S. to Olympics

It can be easy to forget that Freddy Adu is still just 22 years old. The American soccer prodigy broke through to professional soccer at 14 with D.C. United and then fluttered around Major League Soccer before re-emerging as the supreme American talent at the Under-20 World Cup in 2007.

After the 2007 Under-20 World Cup, Adu transferred from Real Salt Lake to Portuguese giants Benfica. And that's where his career stalled for a bit.

Now, after four separate loan spells, Adu returned to MLS to play for the Philadelphia Union last season. Adu's return was a big deal for MLS and the Union, the league got one of its premier faces and names back and the Union got a supremely talented player to lead its midfield.

But now he's being asked to be something he hasn't been for all those years as a prodigy: a leader.

Adu is not only being asked to be a leader of a young Union side, but he's also being asked to be the leader of an even ...

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