Posted Oct. 24, 2005 – After complaining about his lack of playing time and its effects on his chances to play with the U.S. national team, millionaire soccer phenom Freddy Adu has been suspended by his team, D.C. United, The Washington Post reported.
The 16-year-old was suspended at Friday night's MLS playoff opener against the Chicago Fire after he did not apologize to his teammates for comments he made last week and implications that he might leave the team, according to a source close to the situation.
The source, who said did not want to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the situation, told The Post that Adu was given until the pregame meal Friday to apologize to his teammates for his remarks and that Coach Peter Nowak and some of the players had been upset about the timing of Adu's comments.
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Doug Hicks, Unity’s vice-president of communications, said in a report on the club's official website: "He was suspended for tonight's game for conduct detrimental to the team...The suspension was done in full support of the club."
Forward Santino Quaranta told The Washington Post that Adu's suspension was not a good move to make on the day of the game. "I respect Peter's decision. I respect the head office, and it's their decision. It's between Freddy and the team. We have a job to do, and we're focused on winning MLS Cup."
Richard Motzkin, Adu's head agent at SportsNet LLC in Los Angeles, declined comment on the situation.
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