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Adu set to exit Brazilian club Bahia
November 8th, 2013 3:51AM

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[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.


4 comments
  1. Mark Hardt
    commented on: November 8, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
    Freddy was hurt by going pro too early. He would have been better off playing highschool and club ball. Now his best bet is to hope he qualifys for thhe MLS college benefit and get a degree. I am sure he can work in sports management.
  1. Amos Annan
    commented on: November 8, 2013 at 12:47 p.m.
    Adu was NOT age 14 when he started. As with many African immigrants, they make up ages to give themselves an advantage. He is at least 2 years older. He was never technically talented enough and not fast enough, but it made a good story for the press (14 year old phenom).
  1. Matt D
    commented on: November 9, 2013 at 8:26 p.m.
    Amos, do you know Freddy or just making assumptions? Just curious, I've seen these comments before. Either way, clearly his career is in a down spiral whatever his age is.
  1. Paul Roby
    commented on: November 10, 2013 at 11:06 p.m.
    Whenever he played with the Union he made things happen and was exciting to watch. I don't know what John Hackworth didn't like about him but there are certainly much worse players in MLS right now. Somebody, pick him up!

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