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Freddy Adu forced me into retirement - ex Ghana defender Joe Addo

Published on: 14 February 2014
Joe Addo says he was forced into retirement by Freddy Adu

By Ameenu Shardow

Ex Ghana defender Joe Addo has revealed he was forced into retirement after he was messed with by Ghanaian-American Freddy Adu.

The ex Black Stars centre back was playing his final game for American club MetroStars whowere up against Adu’s DC United in an MLS match in 2005.

Addo revealed he realized he had to hang up his boots after suffering from the lightening speed and skill of then America youth international in the game that had Everton’s Tim Howard in post for MestroStars.

“It was my last game for MetroStars and we were playing against DC United who had Freddy Adu,” he recalled on Power FM’s Sports Show.

“We had a corner kick and I usually go for the headers but on this occasion I was asked to stay behind.

“And the keeper gathered the corner and there was a counter. The Goalkeeper’s outlet was Freddy Adu and he was around the centre line.

“So I went in for the challenge while I was the last mine. The boy pushed the ball beyound me and before I could turn, he was gone – one-on-one with our goalkeeper Tim Howard.

“Howard saved me, he saved the ball but then I told my teammates this was it and that I can’t take it any longer.”

Addo moved on to make one appearance for Hong Kong sports club Kitchee before finally retiring in 2006.


This article has 6 comment(s), give your comment
  • William Sorkpor, USA says:
    February 14, 2014 02:46 pm
    We don't want to read about Fredua Adu,-- aka Freddy Adu. Please get him off the pages of Ghanasoccernet. May Lord Almighty continue to bless our beloved Great Ghana: Amen!!!
    February 14, 2014 05:03 pm
    he was young and you were simply too old.
  • Kofi(Atlanta) says:
    February 14, 2014 09:08 pm
    I use to like Joe Addo but I can hardly understand what this propaganda is for. For a good player like you to be retired by F Adu and you are going public on this. Common, don't dent your image by repeating this story ever again. Who in Ghana do you thing F Adu is better than? j. Ado don't be cheap pls
  • Edward, Maryland says:
    February 15, 2014 03:58 am
    You don't really mean that. You might have been a washed out defender then.
  • Brian Donaghy says:
    February 15, 2014 04:35 am
    So who is lying here? Freddy Adu signed with MLS in 2004. Joe Addo played with the MetroStars in 2002 & 2003 before retiring before preseason of 2004. How did this game take place in 2005? Yes, Addo came out of retirement but not to play in MLS. Also, Tim Howard was already a regular starter at Manchester United in 2005. In fact, Addo's last game in 2003, Howard was already overseas meaning Freddy Adu and Tim Howard would have never played against each other. In addition, the last game Addo played in as a MetroStar was against New England Revolution in a 5-2 loss.
  • Tazam says:
    February 15, 2014 02:51 pm
    Joe left the Metrostars before Adu entered the league. He must be remembering incorrectly.