BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Freddy Adu is on the cusp of signing a contract with Brazilian club Sporting Club Bahia for what will be the ninth team of his professional career.
Adu, 23, was most recently playing for the Philadelphia Union, but a falling out with the team has left him out of action since last season.
Earlier in the day, Union head coach John Hackworth told the media at his press conference that the deal was complicated and that in exchange for letting Adu sign with Bahia, Philadelphia would get former Brazil international Kleberson on loan.
But Bahia seemed more confident on Wednesday by revealing that a physical examination was set and that deal was close.
"Freddy Adu arrives in Salvador, Bahia's capital, on Thursday," Bahia press officer Vitor Tamar told YA on Wednesday. "The player has to know the city and, if approved medical examination, will sign a contract with Sporting Clube Bahia."
Adu began his professional career with DC United at age 14. Since then, he has played for Real Salt Lake, Benfica, AS Monaco, Belenenses, Aris Saloniki and Caykur Rizespor, followed by the Union.
Bahia is set to begin its 2013 season in Brazil's Serie A. The club finished 15th in the 20-team league in 2012.