Already, DC United is ironing out the lumps. Since Freddy is still two years from being eligible for his driver's license, a "staff member" will take him to and from practice, except on days when his mom can get off from her Home Depot job. Hope she brings the orange slices.
That's the other weird thing about Freddy—he doesn't want to dig a hole in the linoleum and crawl in whenever he's seen with his mom. When my 14-year-old and I are at the mall, she insists on a gap between us, and by gap she means a Gap clothing store. This kid shows up at MTV tapings with his mom. Have you ever kissed a girl? they asked him on air.
"Awwww," Freddy said, blushing. "You can't ask me that in front of my mom!"
Being a boy soccer god is a sketchy job. Diego Maradona burst on the world at 15, and now he's fat and living in Cuba, where he went to treat his drug dependency. Then again, Pel� was a World Cup star at 17 and is still the elegant face of his sport.
This kid can handle it. He's got Pel�'s boyish face, Tiger's freakish talent and Magic's joyous personality. At 14 Freddy Adu might finally be the one to make this country fall in love with soccer.
At 14 we were hoping to finally be the one to burp the entire alphabet.