In his own words: Freddy Adu's long journey
It was great to be named captain (of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team) by my peers and coaches. It was amazing. I did everything I could within my power, I got some assists, I just wanted to lead by example. (In 2012 Olympic qualifying) We were leading and I was on the bench after being subbed out in the 90th minute. Watching the team get eliminated from the Olympics was hard. It was the most painful moment of my career so far. I really wanted to play in the Olympics, especially in London. I just broke down in tears. I cannot remember the last time I cried up to that point. It hurt me, it has made me a better player because I just don’t want to experience that ever again. Sitting at home during the Olympics, watching Mexico do what they did, it pissed me off even more. I’m not going to lie, because they are our biggest rivals. It rubs it in even more, but you know what, it makes you want to work harder and never experience that again.