[AMERICANS ABROAD] After a week on trial with struggling German second division club Ingolstadt, Freddy Adu has gotten a lukewarm response from Coach Benno Mohlmann. Meanwhile, the second-to-last place club is reportedly courting Los Angeles Galaxy striker Edson Buddle.
The German press and Soccer by Ives have reported that Buddle -- MLS's second leading scorer in 2010 -- is set to sign for the club that is averaging fewer than 8,000 fans per game in its first season in the second division.
Adu joined Ingolstadt at its training camp in Turkey and after playing 45 minutes in a scrimmage against German third division Offenbach, Ingolstadt sports director Harald Gaertner said Adu played "quite decently."
But at the end of Ingolstadt's midseason camp in Turkey, Coach Benno Mohlmann told the Augsburger Allgemeine:
“Basically, Freddy is certainly an interesting player, but one who couldn’t really help us in the current situation. If a contract does come about, it will depend on his consultants. Freddy would have to accept a path through our second team. …”
Adu left MLS for in 2007 for Portugal’s Benfica, which has since loaned him out to Monaco, Belenenses and Aris.
Adu, now 21, scored three goals in the 32 league appearances during his three seasons in Europe. Since the 2009-10 season that he spent with Greece’s Aris, Adu has been on trial with Danish Club Randers and Swiss club Sion.
Buddle, 29, was MLS’s second leading scorer with 17 goals in the 2010 season, during which he earned a salary of $188,000.
His strong start to the 2010 season earned him a spot on the 2010 U.S. World Cup squad and he came off the bench against England and Algeria.