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Freddy Adu is right on track

Updated: November 1, 2011, 12:20 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- The narrative of Freddy Adu is a straightforward one, right? He's the prodigy who appeared in a soda commercial alongside Pele at age 14 -- the subtext of their pairing starved of subtlety -- but never did become a soccer superstar. He's a cautionary tale of the great American hype machine.

Granted Adu's first sit-down interview since his return to Major League Soccer in August, I set off to Philadelphia in early October. I intended to write a story about ...

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