[AMERICANS ABROAD] Freddy Adu
will stay in Lisbon -- but not at Benfica, which indicated in no uncertain terms that the
20-year-old American was unwanted. Instead, Adu will join Belenenses for his second year on loan. The loan deal ended months of speculation about the unsettled Adu's future.
acquired Adu from Real Salt Lake in 2007, but the the Ghanaian-born player saw his playing time quickly diminish after a promising start.
His second European season, at French club
Monaco, was a carbon copy of the first. He played nine league games in the first half of the season but never got in a league game after the winter break.
Adu has seen less playing
time in the last two seasons combined than in each of his first three seasons in MLS with D.C. United. YEAR TEAM GP G 2004
D.C. United 30-5 2005
D.C. United 25-4 2006
D.C. United 32-2
Real Salt Lake 11-1 2007-08
Benfica 11-2 2008-09