Adu to sign with MLS’ Union
Freddy Adu is coming back to Major League Soccer, and he will be
joining a team he could help turn into a legitimate title
After initially being linked to a move to Chivas USA, sources
within MLS have told Fox Soccer that Adu will be signing with the
Philadelphia Union. An announcement on the move is expected to be
made on Friday.
The signing re-unites Adu with Union head coach Peter Nowak, who
was head coach of D.C. United during Adu’s early years in
Chivas USA had been lining up a move to acquire the 22-year-old
midfielder, and had a move to sign him as a designated player lined
up only to have ownership balk at the move at the last minute. That
decision paved the way for Adu to move to Philadelphia, where
he’ll be joining a Union side currently battling the Columbus
Crew for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Adu will not be joining the Union as a designated player.
Adu’s arrival comes just as the Union looks to revamp an
offense that recently lost striker Carlos Ruiz to a transfer to
Mexican side Veracruz. Philadelphia will be hoping Adu can provide
the playmaker the squad has sorely needed since joining MLS last
year. Combining Adu with the forward tandem of Danny Mwanga and
Sebastien LeToux could give the Union the sort of high-powered
attack they will need to make a deep playoff run.
An Adu-Nowak reunion might seem odd considering the way they
clashed during Adu’s time in DC, but the two repaired their
relationship in the years after, and worked together on the 2008 US
Olympic Team. When asked about Adu a year ago, Nowak said he still
rated Adu as a player and would love the chance to work with him