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D.C. United Plays Down Adu-Reading Link

  • BBC Sport, Thursday, September 28, 2006 4:20 PM
Major League Soccer downplayed speculation linking D.C. United's teenage sensation Freddy Adu with Reading in the English Premiership. Whisperings in the press said that Reading was reportedly set to sign the 17-year old on loan in January after the MLS season concludes in November. However, D.C. United does not want to see him go. A club spokesperson told the BBC: "We expect Freddy to be in our uniform for the foreseeable future. He is the focal point of the team and a very popular figure at the club." Adu, of course, became the youngest professional player ever to sign for MLS, when inked a deal with D.C. United at 14. He is also the youngest player ever to play for the senior national team, having made his debut for the USA last March. Fellow Americans Bobby Convey and Marcus Hahnemann both play for Reading, currently eighth in the Premiership table.

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