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Rumors abound that young phenom Freddy Adu, who���s been groomed as the ���poster boy��� for American soccer since being drafted as a 14-year old, may be shipped over the pond to play for English Premiership power Chelsea. As always the consideration seems to be money---Chelsea seems willing top pay a hefty $8.7 million transfer fee and help Adu���s current team D.C. United out of financial straits.
But this brings up some interesting issues regarding the sometimes blurry line between youth and professional sports. Gymnasts and tennis players routinely turn pro before the age of 18 without much protest. But in team sports things are a little different���especially in an intense soccer environment like the UK. Many question whether the move might just end a promising career before it starts.
Does D.C. United have some sort of some responsibility, considering that they drafted him in the first place, to ensure the 16-year old is not put into an unfavorable environment? Should professional team sport leagues, such as Major League Soccer and the NBA, revisit their age limits when it comes to minors? And how young is too young when it comes to professional sports?
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