[AMERICANS ABROAD] Only 24, Freddy Adu is running out of options. The former phenom, who signed with MLS's D.C. United at the age of 14, won't have his contract extended by his Brazilian club at the end of the year. Bahia was his eighth club in the last seven years on a journey that has seen him also travel to clubs in Portugal, France, Greece and Turkey in addition to an unhappy spell back in MLS with Philadelphia.
Lance termed the reason for Adu's release as “technical deficiencies.” He made his two appearances in the Brazilian league, which ends Dec. 7.
“He does not play because there are others who are superior,” said Bahia director of soccer Anderson Barros. “He is very dedicated. I have nothing bad to say about him off the field. He gets along with the players and is extroverted. I have talked with him, and Adu understands the situation. He is very professional.”
Adu's year and a half with the Union in 2011-12 was the longest stint with one club since his first three seasons at D.C. United, but he had a falling out with Union manager John Hackworth, who made it clear Adu would not be part of the team in 2013. A deal was worked out that had Adu move to Bahia and Kleberson join Philadelphia.
As recently as 2012, Adu still played internationally for the USA in its ill-dated Olympic qualifying campaign. He also played for the USA and scored in the 2011 Gold Cup final.