American Exports: Why Freddy Adu and Bahia will play for only 10 fans in Copa do Brazil
You should be following Brian Sciaretta on Twitter, because he does a good job of finding stories like this:
Adu is 23 & has had 9 clubs. Hes been at Bahia for 2 months for 3 coaches. Tonight he'll play for 10 fans in a 56K stadium built 1 month ago
— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) May 15, 2013
A lot of those numbers are shocking. First, the fact that Freddy's still just 23 years old (younger than a couple of guys who were drafted in January, for context) always opens the eyes. Second, three coaches in two months is a bit of a laugh, since that's just how things are done in Brazil.
The big one, though, is "10 fans." Ten.
Here's the article — in Portuguese — explaining it. In short: The fans are fed up with the constant coaching and roster turnover, they're fed up with the bad losses (7-3 and 6-2 are two of the recent scorelines), and fed up with the players.
But mostly they're fed up with the club president, Marcelo Guimarães Filho, who's been steering an already-listing ship toward an iceberg for the better part of four years. And full credit to the fans for showing their displeasure in the most productive way possible: By not showing up. Any team's board of directors will notice when there are 55,990 empty seats in a 56,000 seat gem of a stadium.
No word on whether Freddy will play. He's pretty much been glued to the bench, playing just 13 minutes since joining the club from the Philadelphia Union.
Which, ultimately, suggests that some of those shocking numbers might be adjusted soon.