It’s hard to believe that half of Freddy Adu’s life has involved the one-time D.C. United prodigy playing professional soccer, but the American has found his next club.
The 28-year-old midfielder has joined Las Vegas Lights FC, as the expansion club makes its debut in USL in 2018.
Adu joined Las Vegas last month on trial, and has stuck around with the team ever since, prior to completing the official signing on Thursday.
After spending several years overseas, Adu has spent his career playing domestically the last few years with the Tampa Bay Rowdies (2015 & 2016), who also play in USL.
In his international career, Adu was capped 17 times for the U.S. Men’s National Team between 2006 and 2011.
Earlier this week, Sandecja Nowy Sacz manager Radoslaw Mrockowski blasted his club and one of its trialists: former USMNT midfielder Freddy Adu.
The 28-year-old American may be desperate to find his next top-flight club after leaving the Tampa Bay Rowdies and going on trial with the Portland Timbers, but he’s not about to stick around where he’s not wanted.
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Mrockowski compared Adu to a old vacuum cleaner and branded his club “ridiculous” for personnel moves like the trial. He also called the player “Frank” Adu, and — like the rest of us — the player doesn’t think this is a good climate to reclaim his professional name.
Adu also thanked his fans for their support.
It’s easy to make light of Adu’s career, but we’re not sure there are too many players who deserve to be made a punching bag by a prospective coach just because he doesn’t agree with the managers above him.
Mrockowski led Sandecja to promotion to Poland’s top-flight, but we’ll be surprised if he lasts much longer in the gig.
In the meantime, Adu is off to again look for his 14th club.
We checked the toolbar multiple times for The Onion, but this is a real story.
The Daily Mail reports that one-time American whiz kid Freddy Adu is on trial in Poland’s top flight with newly-promoted club Sandecja Nowy Sacz.
What he’s doing there is up for debate, according to his prospective manager.
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Club manager Radoslaw Mrockowski said he has no idea why Adu, 28, is there, and that he’s not the type of player the Polish side needs to succeed.
Mrockowski isn’t some new hat, either, having guided the team to promotion. It’s not pretty for Adu, who is seeking his 14th professional club.
The manager even channels Joe Kinnear by calling Adu by the wrong first name:
“This is not my idea, so let’s face it, the man who wants to have Frank [sic] Adu on the team, I do not accept this, it was not consulted with me. I will not test it, as someone else wants, and they can do it. In my opinion, the club is so ridiculous. Instead of building a team in a sensible way, we are looking for old vacuum cleaners.”
Holy smoke, that’s brutal (and it’s not the first time he’s made the news on account of vacuums). Adu was most recently with Tampa Bay Rowdies for parts of two seasons, playing 13 matches and registering one assist. He hit MLS training camp with the Portland Timbers earlier this year.
This story doesn’t bode well for his next stop, though it seems like Mrockowski might be on the fast track to the unemployment line as well.
One hasn’t been in the league since 2013, while the other has never donned an MLS kit in the heat of game play.
Both are looking to make a roster for this season.
USMNT veterans Freddy Adu and Oguchi Onyewu are in training camp with clubs on opposite sides of the United States.
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Adu, 27, last played in MLS for the Philadelphia Union in 2013, and has since represented five teams. Most recently, Adu suited up for the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL. Now he’ll try to make the Portland Timbers.
Then there’s Onyewu, who’s as well-traveled as Adu but a bit older. The 34-year-old center back is in Philadelphia Union camp, looking for his first meaningful action since leaving Charlton Athletic in 2015.
Adu has 17 U.S. caps with two goals but hasn’t been capped since 2011, while Onyewu has six goals in 69 caps, the latest coming in 2014.
Freddy Adu is settled in Tampa, and perhaps that should be unsettling for the rest of the NASL.
For the first time since leaving the Philadelphia Union in 2013, the 26-year-old is starting a second season with the same club.
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This time it’s the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and on Tuesday he gave us a reminder that talent doesn’t fade by 26.
Let’s see how Adu fares under ex-Bristol Rovers player Stuart Campbell, who leads Tampa into the NASL season on April 2 against Indy Eleven.