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

contender.

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

MLS.

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

again.