BRENT LATHAM - Friday, July 31, 2009
US national team midfielder Freddy Adu has brushed off rumors that he will return to MLS, saying that his professional future lies across the Atlantic.
Speculation arose earlier this week that Adu would be returning to MLS, specifically to join FC Dallas, when the Benfica man remained stateside to train after separating from the US national team following two games in the Gold Cup.
"No, not going back to MLS," Adu told Yanks Abroad. "I haven't even heard anything about it."
The former DC United and Real Salt Lake midfielder had spent time training in Bradenton after his departure from the national team, leaving observers puzzled about his haste to depart from coach Bob Bradley's team, given the now debunked explanation that Adu was needed in Portugal for preseason.
Adu transferred to the Portuguese giants after a sterling 2007 U-20 World Cup with the stars and stripes, but saw limited action in his first season in Lisbon.
The Ghana native was then lent to Ligue One side AS Monaco for the 2008-09 campaign, but again rode the pine most of the year.
Adu finally returned to Portugal earlier this week to begin training, with his immediate future still up in the air.