It’s hard to believe that Freddy Adu is only 28 years old. It feels like he’s been around since the dawn of time.
The former United States international burst onto the scene as a 14-year-old when he became the youngest American ever to sign a major league professional contract in any team sport by signing a deal with D.C. United.
Adu, whose reputation was further enhanced across the globe after he was rated as a future world-class talent on Football Manager, had also signed a $1 million contract with Nike a year earlier.
The American forward was being spoken about as the new Pele in the mid-2000s.
But, sadly, he hasn’t achieved one per cent of what the Brazil legend did during his illustrious career.
Adu has been on a bizarre journey over the past 10 years, playing for various clubs across the world, including Benfica (very briefly), KuPS in Finland, and Çaykur Rizespor of Turkey.
Adu still managed to represent the US National Team on 17 occasions, scoring two goals, but the truth is he was an average footballer at best. Those who bought the hype were left disappointed.
The 28-year-old’s last full-time club were the Tampa Bay Rowdies, who he left in 2016.
Adu is on trial at a new club
However, it turns out that Adu is now playing for yet another football club: the newly-formed Las Vegas Lights FC.
He’s currently on trial with the Nevada-based club but was not selected for either of the first two pre-season matches.
Adu makes history for Las Vegas Lights
Adu was selected for third pre-season game, however, and also played in the fourth against his former employers D.C. United.
He ended up making history in the process.
Adu provided the first assist in the club’s history, setting up Miguel Garduño with a left-footed cross to the near post.
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The Lights had scored three other goals in pre-season but this was the first time a proper assist was registered because two of the goals were penalties and the other was a free-kick.
The footage of little Freddy, who has always come across as such a good guy in interviews, giving his coach a hug on the touchline is so heartwarming.
Let’s hope that he ends his topsy-turvy career on a positive note.