Freddy Adu: Remember him?

Freddy Adu is once again a free agent after being released by Serbian outfit FK Jagodina without making a single appearance.

The one time American wonder kid, Adu, only signed with the club in July after unsuccessful trials with AZ Alkmaar of the Dutch Eredivise and Championship side Blackpool.

“Easy guys I signed a 6 month contract. And it’s done now. I didn’t get “released”. Knew I was leaving a few months ago.

Followed by: “Thank God for Twitter. There are a lot of false information out there. I signed a 6 MONTH deal and it’s done now. Simple as that.

Quotes from Adu’s Twitter account @FreddyAdu

Dubbed as the ‘Next Pele’ he burst onto the scene at the age of 14 playing for D.C United in the MLS, he was the number one overall pick in the 2004 MLS Super draft for D.C and went to make 30 appearances in his rookie season, scoring five goals in the process.

After being linked with all the giants of European football and training with Manchester United, Adu was traded to fellow MLS franchise Real Salt Lake in 2007.

Ghanian-born Adu only spent a year with RSL making 11 appearances and scoring the solitary goal, he got his dream move to Portuguese champions Benfica.

In four years in the Portuguese capital he made the same amount of appearances as he did in six months at his former club, eleven.

The transfer to Benfica never worked out and he was loaned out four times during his time in Portugal, failing to make an impact at any of these clubs.

After the 2010/11 season his lucrative four year deal with Benfica was up, Adu was released being described as a ‘flop’ by some despite still being only 22 years of age.

Adu was then given the perfect opportunity to get his career back on track by Piotr Nowak, Nowak was in charge of MLS expansion franchise Philadelphia Union based in Pennsylvania.

The move reunited Adu with Nowak who managed him at D.C United and with the United States Under-23’s.

The return to the MLS seemed to reignite his once so promising career as he impressed for the MLS expansion club, making 35 appearances and scoring seven goals in two-and-a-half regular seasons.

Since leaving PPL Park at the end of the 2013 MLS season, Adu has only played 59 minutes of competitive football with Brazilian club Bahia.

Still only 25 but the debate is, are Freddy Adu’s best days behind or in front of him? That question will have to be answered after his next move, wherever that may be.

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