Former DC United midfielder Freddy Adu to sign with Swedish side


Freddy Adu, once on the cover of Sports Illustrated and considered to be America’s next athletic phenom, will join a club in the Swedish Allsvenskan in the next couple of weeks, sources have told’s Ives Galarcep and other media outlets.

Adu, now a 25-year-old free agent, has witnessed a career packed with inconsistency.

Multiple trials, notably at AZ Alkmaar and Blackpool, did not result in a deal for Adu last year.

He recently played at FK Jagodina and made one first-team appearance in the fall. In December, the Serbian club decided against extending his six-month deal.

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When he first journeyed to Europe as a Benefica man, the former D.C. United player bounced around on loan and was not able to find enough first-team minutes.

However, Galarcep noted that Adu showed his prowess a few year ago, albeit in a brief stretch.

Adu’s career reached its peak in 2011, when a successful loan stint with Turkish second-division club Rizespor helped him earn a place on the 2011 U.S. Gold Cup team. After an impressive run in the final stages of that Gold Cup, Adu signed a lucrative deal with the Philadelphia Union. Things soured with the Union after two seasons, leading to a move to Brazilian club Bahia, where he rarely played amid a revolving door of head coaching changes.

History has showed a largely negative outlook of Adu’s soccer-based trajectory, but will he overcome the past and ascend to 2011 Gold Cup level, or possibly beyond? It’s difficult to answer this question right now because the outfit seeking his talents is unknown.

Pointing to Alejandro Bedoya’s stint with Orebro, Galarcep noted that American success in the Swedish League is not out of the question. Adu can be primed for triumph too, and it starts with his approach to training everyday. Proving his capability on the practice ground will win him more starting minutes and a greater opportunity to display his strong suits.