Freddy Adu

Soccer Player

Fredua Koranteng "Freddy" Adu is a Ghanaian-born American soccer player who currently plays for Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer. He plays primarily as an attacking midfielder, but he is also used as a winger or forward. At the age of 14, he became one of the youngest athletes to sign a professional contract in the United States, after he was selected by D.C. United in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft.… Read More

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1989 Birth Born on June 2, 1989.


2000 11 Years Old Having already signed with D.C. United, Adu effectively became the first player selected in that draft, two months before it officially took place. D.C. United had previously signed American youngsters Bobby Convey in 2000, and Santino Quaranta in 2001—both aged 16 and the youngest player in MLS at the times of being drafted.
2003 14 Years Old Adu played for the United States in five international youth tournaments: the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland, the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates, the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands, the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada, and the 2008 Summer Olympics. … Read More
At the age of 14, he became the youngest athlete ever to sign a professional contract in the United States, after he was selected by D.C. United in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft on January 16, 2004.
2005 16 Years Old Adu dated American singer JoJo from May 2005 until September 2006. A Washington Post article in November 2006 reported that the couple split after one year. … Read More
During November 2006 Adu had a trial with English club Manchester United for a fortnight, but he was not able to gain a work permit and so could not play in any competitive games, and only trained with several players from the Manchester United academy during his two weeks.
Adu made his debut for Real Salt Lake on April 7, 2007, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–2 draw with FC Dallas.
2008 19 Years Old In July 2008, Adu joined French club AS Monaco on a season-long loan, with an option to join the Ligue 1 club permanently at the end of the deal, an option that was eventually declined by Monaco.


2009 - 2010 4 More Events
On February 1, 2011, Adu moved to Turkish Second Division side Çaykur Rizespor on what was his fourth loan deal away from Benfica. … Read More
2013 24 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 5, 2013, Adu Joined Bahia of Brazil. … Read More
After his release from Bahia he started a succession of unsuccessful trials around Europe. In February 2014, Adu began training with Blackpool. … Read More
Following Adu's release from Jagodina, Adu was linked with a move to the Swedish Allsvenskan in February 2015.
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