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January 21, 2013
Don't count on it, due to his salary

By Michael Lewis Editor

Judging by the comments from sporting director Andy Roxburgh and interim head coach Mike Petke, don't expect Freddy Adu to become a member of the Red Bulls any time soon.

In a letter to Philadelphia Union season ticket holders, manager John Hackworth said that the 23-year-old midfielder was not in the Major League Soccer club's plans for 2013. And, Adu might not be in many teams' plans when they look at his salary and their own salary caps.

Adu earned a base salary of $400,000 and guaranteed compensation of $519,000 last year, according to the MLS Players Union.

"I heard the last part, I just said 'Budget, oh boy, budget,' " Roxburgh said during a conference call on Monday. "It's an interesting puzzle you have hear trying to deal with that."

Petke sounded quite satisfied with the players, particularly the midfielders, the team already has, at least for the time being. He kept the door open, ever so slightly.

"Obviously he is on our radar, looking into every possibility of players," he said. "Freddy's name has come up, like any other player
would be brought up. Right now we're very comfortable with what we have and the trialists that are coming in. However, we're always looking to improve the team."

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