January 21, 2013
ADIEU TO ADU
Hackworth: 'He is not in our plans going forward'
By Michael Lewis
|Freddy Adu will be playing with a new team in 2013.
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Freddy Adu is on his way out as a Philadelphia Union player.
Union manager John Hackworth confirmed that in a letter to season ticket holders that was released on Monday.
"He is not in our plans going forward," Hackworth said in the letter.
The Major League Soccer club gave the 23-year-old midfielder an option to return to play for the Union, but Adu rejected that possibility, Hackworth said in the letter.
Adu earned a base salary of $400,000 and guaranteed compensation of $519,000 last year, according to the MLS Players Union. Hackworth intimated that the club offered Adu a new contract lower at what the midfielder earned last season.
Hackworth said that "was not an option we were willing to accept."
Adu has not been dealt or loaned as the Union will continue to pay him as the team owns his rights.
"We have a number of challenges because of moves we have made in the past couple of years that affect us long term and frankly, Freddy Adu is a major one," Hackworth wrote. "The next step for him is one that we have been trying to work on since October, which is to see if there is a viable option to sell or loan him that makes sense for our organization and for Freddy."
Signed amid great fanare by MLS as a 14-year-old in 2003, Adu has played for eight teams since 2004. He started with D.C. United and was traded to Real Salt Lake for the 2007 season. He decided to cast his lot in Europe and signed with Benfica (Portugal). Adu subsequently was loan to AS Monaco (France), Belenenses (Portugal), Aris (Greece) and Caykur Rizespor (Turkey) before returning to the states to play for the Union in 2007.
During his two-year tenure in Philly, Adu did have his moments, scoring seven times in 35 MLS appearances, but never lived up to his promise and potential.
Adu also played for the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and has earned 17 caps for the U.S., scoring twice.