Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
2. MLS: D.C. ditches Freddy
December 12th, 2006 2:12AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Freddy Adu, 17, will don Real Salt Lake's jersey when he starts his fourth season in MLS.

D.C. United, which signed the Ghana-born star when he was 14, traded Adu, along with keeper Nick Rimando, for reserve goalie Jay Nolly, a major player allocation and significant future considerations.

Adu, who moved to the USA at age 8 with his family through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program, garnered interest from European clubs by age 12. He joined the U-17 residency camp in Bradenton and played in the 2003 U-17 World Cup. A month before his 14th birthday he became the youngest American soccer player to sign an endorsement contract when he agreed to a $1 million deal with Nike.

Upon signing with D.C. United in 2004 he became the league's highest paid player that season. His $550,000 salary in 2006 made him D.C. United's highest earner and fourth in the league.

While Adu's early play in MLS didn't meet rise to phenom heights, he did create a spike in attendance for D.C. United road games during his first season.

Adu, who scored had 11 goals and 17 assists in 87 regular-season games for D.C. United, will reunite in Salt Lake City with head coach John Ellinger, who was Adu's U.S. U-17 national team coach.

Adu gave one of his best performances in the 2006 semifinal against New England, but was subbed by Coach Peter Nowak in the 65th minute of the 1-0 loss.

In 2005, Nowak suspended Adu for a playoff game for complaining about a lack of playing time.

"It was not an easy decision," United President Kevin Payne told the Washington Post. "Freddy has been an important part of our team, but we saw an opportunity to do something for both him and for the future of our team.

"Freddy wanted to play central midfield or withdrawn forward. On our team, that's Christian Gomez and Jaime Moreno and that wasn't likely to happen."



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Road to Vancouver: Canada takes Matheson    
Host Canada named its 23-player squad for the Women's World Cup. In the big news, head ...
MLS Power Rankings: Red Bulls still on top, barely    
A high-scoring weekend moved several teams up Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings, but unbeaten New York ...
Europe in a Nutshell: Bayern clinches while world watches EPL    
Andrea Pirlo looks good losing; Watford's reality TV promotion; Champions League tidbits. Plus, why an insignificant ...
USL: Four unbeaten teams all triumph    
The Rochester Rhinos extended their unbeaten run to six matches with a 2-0 victory against the ...
What They're Saying: Jose Mourinho    
"I think boring is 10 years without a title -- that's boring. If you support a ...
U.S. Paralympic team prepping for world championship     
Coach Stuart Sharp has named a 16-player roster for the U.S. Paralympic national team's April 29-May ...
MLS Week 8: Altidore breaks out with two golazos    
Jozy Altidore scored his first two goals since opening with two goals in his debut with ...
Video Pick: Wonderful solo golazo from Down Under     
A 28-year-old striker who plays for Australia's Adelaide United might find himself a candidate for FIFA ...
U.S. Abroad: Bedoya and Johannsson get goals    
Alejandro Bedoya scored his third goal of the season in Nantes' 1-1 tie at Toulouse, and ...
USL: Richmond and Louisville remain unbeaten    
Richmond and Louisville City both remained unbeaten with shutout wins on Saturday. The Kickers defeated FC ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives