Friday, August 12, 2011

Freddy Adu Is Back In the MLS With His Old Coach

Freddy Adu is returning to America to play in the MLS in what will undoubtedly be called his "comeback."  When he left the MLS four years ago, many thought he was headed to bigger and brighter things.

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However, his career in Europe was never able to take off despite his signing with Portuguese first-division team, Benefica.  He was loaned out to a series of teams in Europe in Portugal, France, Greece, and Turkey.  His most recent posting was with a second-division Turkish team.

In 2011, he seemed to turn things around with a strong showing on that Turkish team, followed by his selection onto the USA Men's National Team Gold Cup Roster.  In a move that surprised many, not only did Adu make the roster, but he started the gold medal game against Mexico and played very well.  In a 4-2 loss, Adu had assists on both goals.

Now Adu has returned home and will play once again in the MLS, the league where he first got his start as a 14-year-old phenom with DC United.   Philadelphia's Head Coach is Peter Nowak, who was Adu's coach when he was with DC United.  Back then, Nowak and Adu used to butt heads a little over playing time, but both Adu admits now that he learned a lot under him.

The Philadelphia Union are contenders in the MLS, and certainly have strong fan support. Prior to the MLS All-Star Break in July, the Union were averaging 18,177 fans every home game.

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