Freddy Adu joins Serbian club, his 10th team in as many years
In the latest chapter of what will surely be a great (and very long) documentary one day, Freddy Adu has signed with Serbian club FK Jagodina — his 10th club in as many years after making his MLS debut at just 14 years old.
Adu, who turned 25 last month, started his career with DC United and won the MLS Cup in his first season amidst overwhelming and ultimately unfair comparisons to Pele.
After three years there, he moved to Real Salt Lake for one season and then made the move to Europe to play for Benfica. He played one season for the Portuguese side before getting loaned out to Monaco, Beleneses, Greek club Aris and Turkish side Rizespor.
He returned to MLS in 2011 with the Philadelphia Union and then had a brief stint with Brazilian club Bahia in 2013.
Since being released by Bahia in November of last year, Adu has had trials with English club Blackpool, Norweigen club Stabaek (coached by former U.S. national team manager Bob Bradley) and Dutch club AZ Alkmaar. Now he’s with Jagodina.
According to Jagodina’s official website, Adu’s first impressions of the club and city are “phenomenal.”
He will attend their Europa League qualifier against Cluj and begin training with the team on Friday as he completes the small matter of actually signing a contract in the coming days.
The club’s website also notes his lasting fame for being one of the all-time greats in the Football Manager video game.