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MAG 15: Top 15 Minutes of Fame Athletes From the Past 15 Years

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Freddy Adu, midfielder

Photograph By Rick Silva/AP Images

Rise: Thought to be America's next big soccer star and the second coming of Pele, he signed a pro contract at 14 and played in his first MLS game at 14.

Fall: He floated among D.C. United, Real Salt Lake, Benfica and Philadelphia Union, with little to note from any of those teams.

The latest: He plays for the Brazilian club Bahia.