Union sign attacking midfielder Freddy Adu

Adu joins Philadelphia from Benfica on a free transfer

Chester, Pa. (August 12,
– Philadelphia Union today announced the signing of attacking
midfielder Freddy Adu on a free transfer from Sports Lisboa e Benfica of the
Portuguese First Division. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, the terms
of the acquisition will not be disclosed.

BUY: Freddy Adu jerseys

Adu signed a
professional contract at the age of 14 and was selected by D.C. United as the
number one overall pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. After making his
professional debut against the San Jose Earthquakes on April 3 as the youngest
player on a major U.S. pro team in more than 115 years, Adu was a member of
Peter Nowak's 2004 MLS Cup championship squad. The US international finished
his first season with five goals and three assists after notching his first
professional goal on April 17 in a 3-2 loss to the MetroStars, thus becoming
the youngest goal scorer in MLS history. Named an MLS All-Star in 2004 and
2006, Adu scored 11 goals and added 17 assists in 87 appearances with the

WATCH: Adu introductory press conference

After three seasons with
United, Adu was transferred on December 11, 2006 to Real Salt Lake, where he
scored two goals in 11 total appearances. Halfway through his first season in
Salt Lake, weeks after he scored three goals against Poland at the 2007
Under-20 World Cup, Adu’s rights were secured by Benfica. Adu made his debut
with the Portuguese First Division club on August 14, 2007 against Copenhagen
in a UEFA Champions League qualifying match, coming in as a 37
th minute
substitute.  Adu went on to score two goals in 11 games with Benfica's
first team.

Watch: Adu's debut at age 14

The 22-year-old, who has
been capped 17 times by the senior U.S. National Team, became the youngest
player to debut for the US at the age of 16 and 234 days in a friendly against
Canada on January 22, 2006. Adu scored his first international goal in a World
Cup qualifier against Guatemala, a 2-0 win on November 19, 2008. The attacking
midfielder was called for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, starting in a 4-2 loss to
Mexico in the championship match and assisting on both goals scored by the US.
Adu was also called by new U.S. Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann for a friendly
against Mexico on August 10.

Adu has represented the
US Men’s National Team at all levels, competing in the 2003 FIFA U-17 World
Cup. He also starred in three U20 FIFA World Cups in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Under
Nowak’s guidance, Freddy was one of the top players in the 2008 Summer Olympics
in Beijing.

Name: Freddy

Position: Attacking midfielder

Height: 5-6

Weight: 140

Born: June
2, 1989

Birthplace: Tema,

Hometown: Potomac, Maryland

Citizenship: USA

Last Club: Caykur
Rizespor on loan from Sporting Lisboa e Benfica

Pronunciation: FRED-ee  a-DOO

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