Freddy Adu
Soccer player
Freddy Adu
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.
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America's Latest, Greatest Soccer Messiah
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
Is 18-year-old Christian Pulisic, who has been playing for Borussia Dortmund, the star that U.S. soccer has long craved—or just another Freddy Adu?
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Freddy Adu signs 1-year contract with Finnish club
USA Today - almost 2 years
American midfielder Freddy Adu signs 1-year contract with Finnish club Kuopion Palloseura           
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Freddy Adu signs for Finnish side KuPS... the 11th club of his sinking career
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Former US child prodigy Freddy Adu has finally found a new club after signing for Finnish side Kuopion Palloseura (KuPS) - the 11th team of his short career.
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U-20 team can be a steppingstone for U.S. soccer players
LATimes - over 3 years
Young players gain experience and confidence when playing in the U-20 World Cup, and many hope that will translate to success with the U.S. senior national soccer team. The last time the U.S. made it past the group stage in the U-20 World Cup, it had a roster sprinkled with players — guys such as Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Robbie Rogers and Freddy Adu — who would go on to make a name for themselves on the senior national team.
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Philadelphia's Adu in Bahia loan switch with Kleberson - almost 4 years
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - American Freddy Adu has added another club to his long resume by joining Brazilian side Bahia in a loan deal that takes former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson to the United States.
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Former phenom Freddy Adu running out of options
Yahoo News - over 4 years
The player once viewed as the future of American soccer has traveled the world looking for a starring role, but now is riding the pine in Philadelphia.
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Roundup: Birthday boy Keane paces Galaxy
USA Today - over 4 years
Robbie Keane scored twice on his 32nd birthday as the Galaxy beat the Fire 2-0, while Freddy Adu scored to help Philadelphia top Toronto 3-0 ...
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Philadelphia thumps TFC at PPL Park
Fox News - over 4 years
The Philadelphia Union snapped Toronto FC's five-game unbeaten run in comfortable fashion, easing past the Canadian club in a 3-0 win at PPL Park on Sunday.Toronto entered the match having taken seven points from its last five matches, but Philadelphia handed the visitors their first lost over that stretch, producing two goals in as many first-half minutes thanks to Gabriel Gomez and Freddy Adu
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In Ten Years, Freddy Adu Has Gone From 13-Year Soccer Savior To 23-Year Old Afterthought
Business Insider - over 4 years
Nike chairman Phil Knight once told Sports Illustrated that 13-year old soccer phenom Freddy Adu had the potential to accomplish more than Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, or LeBron James. Knight went on to explain Adu's potential... "Freddy has the potential to bring soccer almost for the first time into the public's consciousness. Soccer in the United States isn't really part of the culture. What it needs, I think, is a superhero, and he clearly could be it. Now, that's putting a lot of pressure on him, but the kid's got all the potential to do that."  Ten years later, most American sports fans probably don't even know Adu is still playing soccer and still scoring goals. Only Adu is not playing in Europe. And he rarely suits up for the U.S. Men's National Team. But they do know that he never became that superhero. At the age of 13 Freddy Adu was on the cover of Sports Illustrated A month later, Adu signed a $1 million contract with Nike At the age of 14, Sports Illustrate ...
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Philadelphia Union midfielder Freddy Adu resolves to shoot more - almost 5 years
Yes, he gets the star treatment sometimes, both in the locker room and from the media; and no, he hasn't fulfilled his potential yet. But he still has the vision to see what's going on, and the instinct to do something about it.
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Match #7 Preview: Philadelphia Union Vs. San Jose Earthquakes
SB Nation - almost 5 years
Setting: Saturday, April 28 at PPL Park in Chester; kickoff scheduled for 7:06:30 PM Eastern Broadcast Information: CSN Philadelphia (JP Dellacamera, Bob Rigby), with coverage beginning at 6:30 PM with a pre-game show / CSN Bay Area (Jim Kozimor, Kelly Gray), KLIV 1590 AM (Gus Johnson -- yes, that Gus Johnson), KZSF 1370 AM (Carlos Cesar Rivera) in San Jose / MLS Live, Direct Kick (CSN Philadelphia feed) San Jose's Record: 5-1-1, 16 points (first in West) San Jose's Last Match: W, 3-1 vs. Real Salt Lake Philadelphia vs. San Jose Last Season: 1-1-0 (San Jose 0 @ Philadelphia 1 on April 30; Philadelphia 0 @ San Jose 0 on July 9) For the San Jose Perspective, Visit Quake, Rattle and Goal Coming off their second win of the season, and their second win in a row, the Philadelphia Union finally have some momentum. And they're going to need it tomorrow night as they welcome in the Western Conference pace-setting San Jose Earthquakes, who come into PPL Park riding a five ...
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Freddy Adu, U.S. will be on the attack vs. Cuba
USA Today - almost 5 years
Adu will captain the U.S. Under-23 men's national team as it seeks to qualify for this summer's London Olympics.
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Philadelphia Union midfielder Freddy Adu to train with La Liga's Rayo Vallecano
Yahoo News - about 5 years
Philadelphia Union midfielder <a class="fplink fp-90473" href="/freddy+adu">Freddy Adu</a> will spend two weeks training with La Liga side Rayo Vallecano, the team's official website has confirmed.Adu recently finished a nine-day U-23 U.S. National Team training camp in Florida, which was in preparation for the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, which begins March 22.The 22-year-old signed with the Union in August from Portuguese side Benfica. Adu made 11 appearances and six starts with the team, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Adu will become the fourth member of the Union to train abroad this offseason. ...
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Goat Notes: Chivas USA eyeing Ochoa through allocation - Major League Soccer
Google News - over 5 years
After passing on Freddy Adu and Benny Feilhaber, the Rojiblancos have the opportunity to select former United States Under-20 international Sammy Ochoa, who signed a contract with MLS on Wednesday. The Riverside, Calif., native has been with Mexican
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Dempsey, Altidore back in fold but Adu overlooked -
Google News - over 5 years
10 game against Mexico, he bypassed Freddy Adu. The former phenom, who recently signed with the Philadelphia Union, did not dress for the game in which the Americans rallied for a draw with a second-half goal. The Americans play Costa Rica on Sept
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Priority shift means Adu can focus on important stuff: playing - Major League Soccer
Google News - over 5 years
When Freddy Adu first burst into the league in 2004, it seemed as though he was as much a product as he was a player. The 14-year-old phenom appeared on Letterman before ever playing an MLS minute. He hammed it up in front of cameras with Pelé
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Freddy Adu: Union to be 'tough to beat' once in sync -
Google News - over 5 years
US national team forward Freddy Adu had a nondescript return to MLS play last weekend for the Philadelphia Union, but expectations will grow with each game as Adu gets more comfortable with his new situation. &quot;The league is very good, and MLS isn&#39;t a ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Union fan: Who is Freddy Adu? - Yahoo! Sports
Google News - over 5 years
Although Adu was born in Ghana, he came to the United States when he was a young boy. He first played on an international level when he was just 10. Adu&#39;s talent at midfield, ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Freddy Adu
  • 2015
    On July 14, 2015, Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League announced the signing of Adu.
    More Details Hide Details Contract details were not disclosed. It is his 12th professional club.
    On March 28, 2015, KuPS announced the signing of Adu on a one-year contract, subject to passing a medical.
    More Details Hide Details Adu also played some games for KuPS' reserve team SC Kufu in the Finnish third division. On July 7 of the same year Adu exercised an option in his contract to terminate it.
    Following Adu's release from Jagodina, Adu was linked with a move to the Swedish Allsvenskan in February 2015.
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  • 2014
    Adu was released by Jagodina, who opted not to renew his six-month contract, on December 21, 2014.
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    Adu made his debut for Jagodina on September 24, 2014, coming on as a second-half substitute in a Serbian Cup match against FK BSK Borča.
    More Details Hide Details To date, this is his only first-team appearance for the club.
    After a trial with AZ that ended without a contract, Adu signed with Serbian club FK Jagodina on July 24, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details On July 25, it was announced that Adu had signed a one-and-a-half year contract with Jagodina.
    In July 2014, Adu joined Dutch club AZ Alkmaar on trial, but he did not convince the club to offer him a contract.
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    In June 2014, Adu began training with Norwegian club Stabæk, managed by former United States national team coach Bob Bradley.
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    After his release from Bahia he started a succession of unsuccessful trials around Europe. In February 2014, Adu began training with Blackpool.
    More Details Hide Details However, at the end of February they decided against offering Adu a contract, though they gave permission for him to continue training with club to aid his fitness.
  • 2013
    He was released by the club on November 7, 2013.
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    On April 5, 2013, Adu Joined Bahia of Brazil.
    More Details Hide Details The deal also saw Kléberson move in the opposite direction.
  • 2011
    Adu debuted for Philadelphia Union on August 13 in a match against FC Dallas and scored his first goal for the club on September 7, 2011 against New England Revolution.
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    In August 2011, Adu returned to Major League Soccer, signing with Philadelphia Union, reuniting him with former D.C. United and United States national U-23 coach Piotr Nowak.
    More Details Hide Details Though terms were not disclosed, as per club policy, it was stated that he was not a designated player.
    On February 1, 2011, Adu moved to Turkish Second Division side Çaykur Rizespor on what was his fourth loan deal away from Benfica.
    More Details Hide Details Adu made his debut for his new club on February 20. He set up teammates Mithat Yaşar and Gökhan Kaba with goals in a 3–0 win over Orduspor and was named Man of the Match. Two weeks later, on March 6, Adu scored his first goal for his new club in a 1–0 win over Gaziantep Büyükşehir Belediyespor.
  • 2010
    Adu signed a 12-month loan deal with Greek side Aris in January 2010, joining fellow USA international Eddie Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details Assigned squad number 11, Adu made his debut on January 31 and assisted a 90th-minute goal by Johnson. He scored his first goal on February 14 against Ergotelis.
  • 2009
    In December 2009 Adu's season long loan was cut short.
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    Adu was loaned to Portuguese club Belenenses for the 2009–10 season.
    More Details Hide Details On October 13, Adu made his first league start in Portugal, a 1–0 loss to Nacional. Adu was injured just before half time, and was substituted.
    In July 2009, after participating in the Gold Cup game against Honduras, he returned to Benfica for training.
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  • 2008
    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.
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  • 2007
    On August 14, 2007, Adu made his debut with Benfica against Copenhagen in a UEFA Champions League qualifying match, coming into the game in the 37th minute as a substitute.
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    On July 28, 2007, Adu opted out of playing for Real in their regular-season match, and later that day, boarded a plane to Portugal to negotiate with Benfica.
    More Details Hide Details On July 30, Benfica issued an official statement announcing that Adu had been transferred to their club. The following day, the signing was completed and he trained with the team in Lisbon. Adu cost Benfica US$2 million.
    Adu was also captain of the U-20 United States men's national team in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he made an impressive showing.
    More Details Hide Details After the conclusion of that tournament, Benfica of the Portuguese Liga secured Adu's rights from MLS for a transfer fee of $2 million.
    He scored his first goal for the club on May 20, 2007, converting a penalty kick in the 68th minute of a 2–1 loss to FC Dallas.
    More Details Hide Details Adu went on to score his second goal with Salt Lake from another penalty in a 1–1 draw in an exhibition against Boca Juniors.
    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.
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  • 2006
    On December 11, 2006, D.C. United traded Adu and goalkeeper Nick Rimando to Real Salt Lake in exchange for a major allocation, goalkeeper Jay Nolly, and future considerations.
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    He was selected to the MLS 2006 semifinals Best XI by Soccer America magazine.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005 he was nominated for FIFPRO Young player of the year.
    Continued development, especially of his defensive skills, helped Adu become a starting midfielder during the 2006 season.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, Adu had been chosen to take spot kicks during D.C. United's two penalty shootouts—scoring on both attempts. He was selected to the MLS All-Star team twice, once as a commissioner's choice and once as the coach's.
    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.
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  • 2005
    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.
    More Details Hide Details JoJo mentioned on American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest that she and Adu were still good friends.
  • 2004
    On April 3, Adu came on in United's first game of the 2004 season against the San Jose Earthquakes as a second-half substitute, making him the youngest player ever to appear in United States professional sports.
    More Details Hide Details On April 17, at the age of fourteen, Adu scored his first professional goal in the 75th minute of a 3–2 away loss against the MetroStars. He became the youngest player in MLS history to score a goal. In his first season as a pro, Adu finished the year with five goals and three assists, while playing in all 30 regular season games. Although briefly a starter, Adu was relegated to a substitute when D.C. United acquired central midfielder Christian Gómez mid-season, and it was in this role that he appeared in United's MLS Cup victory. He played in three of four playoff games by D.C. United, assisting in one goal during that time. Adu was criticized from a number of different angles in his first season as a professional. Some commentators have suggested that Adu was too young to be playing professionally and that he needed more time to develop mentally and physically amongst players his own age. In his second season, he was suspended for one game after he complained about his playing time in the media.
    At the age of 14, Adu became the youngest American ever to sign a major league professional contract in any team sport when he was chosen by D.C. United as the number one overall pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft.
    More Details Hide Details In order to allow Adu to play close to home, MLS assigned him to D.C. United on November 18, 2003, working a deal with the Dallas Burn, who owned the top pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. Dallas was compensated with a player allocation.
    Three months later, on April 3, 2004, he became the youngest player to appear in a Major League Soccer (MLS) game when he came on as a substitute in a game against the San Jose Earthquakes.
    More Details Hide Details Two weeks later, on April 17, he became the youngest scorer in MLS history, scoring a goal in a 3–2 loss to the MetroStars. From even before the time of his signing with D.C. United, Adu was spoken of and treated as the future of United States soccer; even being referred to as "the next Pelé". However, he failed to live up to the expectations and after leaving D.C. United in 2006, has turned into a journeyman, playing for thirteen teams in eight different countries – the United States, Portugal, France, Greece, Turkey, Brazil, Serbia and Finland. Adu, a Ghanaian American, grew up in the port city of Tema, Ghana, where he played soccer against men three times his age. When he was eight, his mother won the Green Card Lottery, and his family moved to Rockville, Maryland, in the United States, where he attended Sequoyah Elementary School. In 2003, he became a U.S. citizen. Soon after arriving in the United States, he was discovered by a local soccer coach and began playing with boys several years older. Adu attended The Heights School, a private school in Potomac, Maryland, for several years.
    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.
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  • 2003
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Adu captained the United States U-20 men's national team in January 2007 as it qualified for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. By playing in the 2007 tournament finals, held from June to July, Adu became only the second player in the world to play in three FIFA U-20 World Cups. On July 3, 2007, Adu scored a hat-trick in U.S.'s 6–1 victory over Poland in the group stage of the tournament. This accomplishment made him the first player to ever score a hat trick in both the U-20 and U-17 World Cups. In the following 2–1 victory over Brazil Adu assisted on both USA goals by Jozy Altidore. Adu helped lead the U-23 men's national team in its campaign to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. He scored two goals from free kicks in the USA's 3–0 win over Canada in the semifinals of the tournament, which ultimately qualified them for the Olympics along with Honduras. He scored four goals in total in the three games in which he played, leading all players in scoring, and was selected to the tournament Best XI.
  • 2000
    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.
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  • 1989
    Born on June 2, 1989.
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