America gets bargain in world's game

November 20, 2003
By Jim Litke
Hold off the hand-wringing over Freddy Adu.

Spare us the sermons about child labor.

Despite what some people are saying, paying a few million dollars to a 14-year-old to play pro soccer is not exploitation. It doesn't mean thousands of kids will run breathlessly off rec-league fields this weekend and demand to talk to agents. All it means is a windfall for one very fortunate family.

Adu and his mother, Emelia, took a gamble a half-dozen years ago, after ...

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