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Freddy Adu's latest stop: Serbia
July 24th, 2014 7:04PM

TAGS:  americans abroad, europa league, mexico


[AMERICANS ABROAD] A decade after making his pro debut at the age of 14 with D.C. United, Freddy Adu is off to play in Serbia, where FK Jagodina announced on Thursday that Adu is headed there and will play after "all the formalities of signing the contract" are completed. It will be Adu's 10th club in seven different countries.

Adu has not played since his contract at Brazilian club Bahia was not renewed at the end of last season. He only played three league games for the Salvador-based club, the last in May 2013. More recently, he has trained at clubs in England, Norway and the Netherlands without securing a contract.

FK Jagodina plays in the city of the same name south of Belgrade. It is a rising power in Serbian soccer, having qualified for the Europa League for the last three years in a row following many years in the lower divisions. It was eliminated by Romania club Cluj on Thursday in this year's Europa League.

Adu has played for three MLS clubs, two Portuguese clubs and clubs in Monaco, Greece, Turkey and Brazil. A four-year contract with Benfica kept him in Europe for four seasons, but the last three were spent on loan to clubs declining stature.

Freddy Adu:
87/12 D.C. United (2004-06)
11/1 Real Salt Lake (2007)
11/2 Benfica (2007-08)
9/0 Monaco (2008-09)
3/0 Belenenses (2009)
9/1 Aris (2010)
11/4 Caykur Rizepsor (2011)
35/7 Philadelphia Union (2011-12)
3/0 Bahia (2013)

THURSDAY. Mix Diskerud came off the bench to help Rosenborg erase a 3-1 deficit from the first leg and beat Sligo Rovers of Ireland, 3-0, and move into the third round of the Europa League.

Former St. John's star Pablo Punyed started for Iceland's Stjarman in its 3-2 win over Scotland's Motherwell that also moved it into the third round of the Europa League with a 5-4 aggregate win.

Mexico, Liga MX
Edgar Castillo
, Atlas, at Morelia
Joe Corona
, Tijuana, at Club America
Gabriel Farfan, Chiapas, vs. Toluca
Greg Garza, Tijuana, at Club America
Herculez Gomez, Tigres, vs. Leon
Alonso Hernandez, Monterrey, at Pachuca
Michael Orozco, Puebla, vs. Veracruz
Jose Torres, Tigres, vs. Leon

  1. Amos Annan
    commented on: July 25, 2014 at 8:20 a.m.
    When are people going to get it straight: Freddy Adu was NOT 14 when he started. That was the age they used to impress the soccer world and get the contract. He was at least 17 years old and would not been nearly as impressive if he had used his correct birth date. This is a common tactic among 3rd world nations to gain an advantage in the developed world. Note: you can buy a birth certificate in many of these countries to say what you want it to.
  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: July 25, 2014 at 11 a.m.
    Where's your evidence, Amos? Until then, it's just your opinion and worth no more than the next guy's.
  1. Craig Lange
    commented on: July 26, 2014 at 11:13 a.m.
    Amos, for a number of years, similar assertions have been made about the actual age of Freddy Adu. During this time, however, no one has come forward with any documentation that would support this allegation. The one truth we do have, however, is that Freddy was first spotted playing as an eight year old in a Maryland youth league. To carry forward your logic, he would have actually been eleven years old at the time. The physical characteristics and the advantage of his maturity would be nearly impossible to conceal, don’t you agree?
  1. G O
    commented on: July 26, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.
    My greater concern is: Who is mentoring this fellow? I think we can still say young man, though he needs to be much more a man, full adult. This nomadic inability to "hold down a job" simply playing sport at some rather run-of-the-mill clubs in the last 4-5 years speaks to indiscipline, unreliability, inconsistency, and a host of problems that means that those who sign him are all too soon keen to dump him. Not good. Where is a father figure? Perhaps there are good men who have tried and Freddy has rejected good help/good advice/real love/discipline. Very sad. Let's hope Freddy can turn it around. I don't mean soccer successes; I mean life patterns. I can only speak from great distance, but this appears to be a sad life, not something good. I want to be wrong. But I just don't think a normal player of some stature and now experiences with a number of clubs would be landing in Serbia.

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