Over the past week, the Hot Topics included Freddy Adu's long journey as a professional player, Roberto Di Matteo's firing and the media obsession with Chicharito.
Refresh yourself with the article, check out the comment Goal.com editors chose from one of the website's users and see our response. And let's keep the discussion going!
|In His Words: Freddy Adu's journey
User: Alan Kent
I remember thinking Adu would be some kind of prodigy for US soccer, and then he he wasn't. Had he gone to Inter, then he may have developed into the "star player role" and played up to the expectations that were at one time thrust upon him by US soccer fans.
If Adu was a teenager now and received the same kind publicity he did ten years ago he would be well on the way to a career starting in center-mid for the National team. I think Tab Ramos would run second to him in all time best US player's if that were the case. However, I still think Klinsmann should give him a chance.
I believe Klinsmann will give Adu a chance to shine on the national stage and wouldn't be surprised if he was called up for the January camp, which typically features domestic players. Adu is currently training with Champions League side Galatasaray after starting 20 games for the Philadelphia Union last season. Klinsmann wants his players to play at the club level no matter what league they're playing in, and Adu has done everything right over the past year to get back to the national team.
-Mike Slane, Goal.com North America Managing Editor
|Chelsea fires Di Matteo after Juventus loss
User: Barid Bej
With all those vast talent pool available and also the money to add more in Jan. Di Matteo failed to manage this team properly. His selection was getting poor and he had this coming.
Chelsea need a man who is shrewd enough to use the talents available properly.Bring in Rafa for the time being and then bring the "The Great One". Mourinho is already on house hunt in London and also he had made it clear many times before that he would like to come back to English football.
Chaos appears to be the method of madness that somehow brings Chelsea success. The club has hired seven bosses since Roman Abramovich arrival in 2003. In that period, Chelsea has countless domestic trophies and finally last season, the Champions League. Still, constantly shuffling managers could be costly for the club's future.
Each manager who is hired by the Blues inevitably wants his guys and in order to do that ownership has to supply them with transfer funds. Abramovich has spent over a billion dollars on making Chelsea into a global brand. With UEFA's Financial Fair Play set to go into effect, that model can't be sustained.
It could be argued that if Chelsea stood by any of its successful managers like Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti or Roberto Di Matteo, the team would have had success for a lot less money. Look at Manchester United, which struggled for two seasons under Sir Alex before his young tro of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes got a chance. How did that pan out for Fergie?
-Alex Labidou, Goal.com USA Deputy Editor
|Media's Chicharito obsession warranted
Chicharito is definitely no Ronaldo (Brazil) or Messi or Ronaldo (Portugal)... but he is a good striker, for both Mexico and Man U! Chicharito is a poacher, and a good one at that. The only problem with poachers is that they are extremely reliant on good service, much more than a typical striker. Chicharito would not be as successful at a club like Fulham as he is at Manchester United. At Man U, he is surrounded with world class talent that gets him the ball. Chicharito does a great job of getting himself in good areas and then finishing. He is not as skilled as players like Gio Dos Santos, Landon Donovan or Clint Dempsey, but that doesn't matter, he doesn't need to be. His job is to score goals and he does. People should just appreciate him for what he is.
The thing I like about Chicharito is his personality. He seems like he's a good guy. Even as a USMNT fan, it's hard for me not to like him.
Saying that Chicharito is reliant on good service more than a "typical striker" is probably not accurate. Typical strikers rely on service to get goals. Great strikers, like the ones you mentioned, don’t have to as much because they can create goals for themselves. Hernandez does get great service at United, and the argument that he wouldn’t get the same level of service at a club like Fulham may be valid, but then again it might not be.
Dempsey’s goals with Fulham were largely set up by him being the focal point of the attack and getting on the end of chances, much the way Chicharito does with United. Claiming that he’s a poacher and is less skilled than players like Donovan, Dempsey and Dos Santos misses one very crucial point: Scoring goals – timing runs well, reading the flow of the play, being able to get touches on frame from odd angles and taking your chances at an alarmingly high rate – is a skill, just as being able to dribble, pass or defend.
Hernandez may not be the guy who can take on an entire defense with the ball at his feet, but don’t kid yourself into thinking that makes him less of a threat. He’s more Pippo Inzaghi than Andrea Pirlo, but defenses fear both.
-Allen Ramsey, Goal.com USA Chief Editor