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CHAD WINGER - Thursday, August 11, 2011
Freddy Adu's sojourn in Europe is coming to an end as the midfielder will join MLS' Philadelphia Union on Friday.

On Wednesday, the same day Adu was omitted from the US-Mexico roster in the same city, the well-traveled Adu was reportedly near a deal with CD Chivas. However, the 22-year old will be linking up with Peter Nowak in Pennsylvania instead.

When contacted by YA, Philly Manager of Communications Aimee Cicero declined comment, however a press release from the team has announced a scheduled 1:00 pm presentation of an unnamed player.

O Jogo, a sports daily in Portugal has already reported the deal via a newsflash on their website.

Adu, who moved to Benfica in 2007, bounced around the continent with loan stints at Monaco, Belenenses, Aris Saloniki and Rizespor with varying degrees of success.
J.D.
Sunday August 14, 2011 4:24 pm
I think this will be good for Adu and the USMNT.

I would also like to see Michael Bradley, Eric Lichaj and Brad Guzan secure transfers before the window shuts in two weeks.

jdkrug.com/ussoccer
kimo
Saturday August 13, 2011 1:41 pm
Freddy's problem has always been fitness and playing as a pro for 90 mins. In the past, he's disappeared for long periods of time. Clearly, he's starting to become a 90 min professional. Nowak will get the best out of him and Freddy WILL be fit...or he's not going to be anything other than a bit player.
tylercocinas
Friday August 12, 2011 2:18 pm
Guys people said the same thing about Landon Donovan, the pressure is so heavy and we are so desperately searching for a true American great that maybe it might not work out by age 22. Freddy will be here through the end of next year before I see him entertaining offers to return abroad.
Mark WNY
Friday August 12, 2011 1:03 pm
Now that the Mexico game is behind. Here is my list for Costa Rica. I know that some of the players are starting their season in Europe - but is a good idea to bring young players for future important matches. What do you think?

Keepers

Cervic
Yedell

Def

Daniel William (Freiburg - Bundesliga)
Zak Whitbread
Alfredo Morales (Hertha - Bundesliga)
Nazzani, Giuseppes (Bologna)
De La Garza
Omar Gonzalez
Tim Ream
Bobby Convey

Mid

Freddy
Josh Gatt
Mikkel Diskerud
Diego Chavarri
Sacha
Mixx
Benny Feilhaber

Forw

Corona
Hercules
Matt Taylor (Paderborn, Germany)
Brek Shea
Agudelo
Tom C
Friday August 12, 2011 7:01 am
Union will be a good fit for Freddy. They're one of the best teams in MLS (in only year two) and will now be even better because of Adu's field vision--something LeToux has really needed this year. And you can bet that Nowak and Freddy get along well or Adu would not be coming to Philly. Can't wait to watch him play.
Ed C.
Friday August 12, 2011 3:15 am
I don't see any Adu "haters" as one poster said. Its just that lots of YA readers recognize a lack of talent and attitude and ability to do what one must do to succeed on a club team. They weren't exactly big teams that Adu went to in Europe, either signed for or loaned out to. I'm not a hater and I would have loved for him to do well in Europe but he didn't do well enough to play on mediocre teams. If he does great in MLS then that should give you an idea about the quality of that league and most of the teams. If he becomes a main player on the national team, then there isn't much to say for the national team. Personally I don't think Klinsmann will put him on the team in the next couple of years.
mario
Thursday August 11, 2011 9:00 pm
Adu is 22 already!? Seems like yesterday when he was a teenage wunderkind aged 14 shooting commercials with Pele. All the best to him but let's face it folks: The (possible) top class tag on Adu has to be removed for good when a 22 years old guy returns to MLS. I watched the Brazil match vs Germany yesterday - guys like the German No 8 Gotze are just at a different level and Adu got overtaken by guys like that left and right over the last few years. That 19 year old German lad is what everybody in the US dreamed Adu would become one day...
Anyways - still hope Adu develops into a player that can at least be a regular for a decent European club in the future.
S1NC3P0NG
Thursday August 11, 2011 7:55 pm
Provided that Adu and Nowak truly bury the hatchet, Adu's transfer to Seaport Drive could mark a watershed period in his development. Philadelphia are surging. Will be glad to see Adu actually find a place in the team, rather than riding the pine in Europe.
muchadu
Thursday August 11, 2011 7:26 pm
Im not sure that this a good move for Freddy. He has already proven he should be included on the USMT selection and hopefully Klinsmann intends to use his rare skills that our national team sorely lacks. That is, what I have long said of his ability to make precision passes, dribble at defenders with ball control and create havoc against world class defenses. He also is effective as a finisher, which again is a desperate weakness in our USMT. Did ya see the pathetic finishing again against Mexico a game we obviously should have won even though we only performed decently in the final 20 minutes. I thought Nowak was the guy who started him off on this horrible euro adventure?! Freddy will have great success if he plays with decent mids and strikers who can finish off his assists. If not, people will blame him for not creating, when in reality he may not have any real talent around him. Who plays on Philly that is any good offensively? Can someone help me out here?
Chajimogalay
Thursday August 11, 2011 7:13 pm
This is the best move he has made since 2007. Still only 22 so has plenty of tiome to prove the haters wrong.
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