DAVID SMITH - Friday, July 30, 2010
Freddy Adu will not be joining Swiss Super League club FC Sion, the team confirmed on Friday afternoon, leaving his future for the approaching season still in limbo.
Adu had spent several training sessions with last season's fifth-place finishers, with the team having confirmed on Thursday that a decision was imminent. After further evaluation, however, they have decided to pass on the 15-time capped US international.
"Having trialed for a few days at the Valais-area club, the young striker Freddy Adu, property of Benfica, will not become a part of Sion's roster," the team confirmed via an announcement posted on their website.
While seemingly impressed with his skill, the club indicated that young attacking player does not fit their needs for the already-underway season.
"Despite his undeniable quality, the American player does not fit to the needs searched for by the club at this time," the announcement concludes.
Sion sporting director Frederic Chassot confirmed the team's evaluation while giving some more insight to the role they had been looking to fill. "He's a quality player but he is not the type of player we are looking for," Chassot told YA, elaborating "He is not the number 9 we are looking for."
Adu will presumably return to the Greek city of Thessaloniki, where he is currently on-loan with club FC Aris. However as head coach Hector Cuper has made it clear the former DC United player does not fit into his plans, his search for a new club for the upcoming season will continue.