Ex-Manchester United Trialist Freddy Adu Putting His Career Back on Track in MLS

At the mere age of 14, Freddy Adu had the whole footballing world licking their lips at the thought of having a true American footballing prospect. 

Fresh-faced Adu had just signed a huge sponsorship deal with sports giants Nike and was allocated as the first pick in the 2004 MLS Superdraft. Having been picked up by 2004 Eastern Conference champs DC United, Adu had American soccer fans and pundits eating off the palm of his small hands. 

Even for American sport, a 14-year-old professional athlete is quite something.

Fast forward seven years, and after a serious lack of playing time in Europe, Adu has begrudgingly returned back to the MLS. 

It is argued that Adu is the perfect example of a young man given too much too young. The Ghanaian-born American proved difficult to manage under DC United’s fiery manager at the time, Peter Nowak. Ironically, it is Nowak’s Philadelphia Union side Adu has just joined on a free ...

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