Almost forgotten for two years, Freddy Adu reintroduced himself to American soccer with a pair of impressive efforts in the late stages of the Gold Cup. As the 2014 World Cup cycle begins, the 22-year-old is back in the roster mix and seems certain to receive additional call-ups leading to the start of qualifying next summer. Steven Goff checked in with Adu's Los Angeles-based agent, Richard Motzkin, on Adu's plans the coming club season.
Adu has a year remaining on his contract with Portuguese club Benfica, which, in recent years, loaned him to clubs in France, Portugal, Greece and Turkey.
“Freddy’s plans have always been to return to Benfica for preseason training [in mid-July], although there are teams that have expressed interest in him,” Motzkin told Goff. “We’ll see how the next few weeks play out.”
Motzkin declined to identify the interested parties and wouldn’t speculate about Adu’s chances of sticking with Benfica this season, although another loan seems likely. It’s clear, however, he won’t return to Rizespor, the Turkish second-division club that missed out on promotion. (Had the team moved into the top flight, he might’ve stayed.)