EPISODE 98: SPORTS PRODIGIES: ESPN MAKES US CARE ABOUT SOCCER

Here we are in the middle of a pandemic, and you might be asking yourself, what do I need in a new podcast? Some crime or comedy or star power? How about a very in-depth look at a teenage soccer player whose name you forget if you ever knew it. But that’s precisely what you need, for reasons that I can and can’t explain. It’s a beautifully told American story, from a top-notch sports writer who goes deep. This is Easy Listening, a podcast about podcasts. Teresa Strasser and Gina Grad welcome you to the show!

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Know nothing about soccer?  Want to learn more?  Check out this new podcast.  

He was an American prodigy. 
The next Pelé. 
The savior of U.S. soccer. 
But he wasn’t even old enough to drive. In 2004, Freddy Adu joined MLS at 14 years old, becoming the youngest American pro team sport athlete in 100 years. His story is a tale of talent, money, fame and fútbol. Journalist Grant Wahl, who covered Freddy and LeBron James in their teens, retraces the legend of Freddy as he went from superstar to one of the biggest “what ifs,” asking: What determines who “makes it” and who “doesn’t”? And what does it say about our cultural obsession with the potential of young athletic genius? (Bluewire Podcast Network)

You can read more about American Prodigy: the Freddy Adu story and many other sports podcasts at Blue Wire Podcasts: Home

America Prodigy is hosted by author and soccer journalist Grant Wahl.  He is on Twitter @GrantWahl

Freddy Adu can be found on social media here:
Twitter @FreddyAdu
Instagram @freddy_adu

There are 8 episodes of this week’s featured podcast.  Our two reviewed episodes can be heard by clicking here:
American Prodigy: Freddy Adu: Part 1: The Legend of Freddy Adu on Apple Podcasts
American Prodigy: Freddy Adu: Part 2: The Freddy Adu Show on Apple Podcasts

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