Freddy Adu to train with Man Utd

 Teenager Adu to train at Man Utd

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Freddy Adu is going to train with Man Utd in November for 2 weeks. Perhaps a permanent move might be on the cards? He's eligible for transfer when he turns 18 in June 2007.


Freddy Adu will train with Manchester United for two weeks in November.

The 17-year-old American forward has long been tipped to become one of football's hottest prospects and has repeatedly hinted at a move to Europe.

Adu plays his football for DC United in American Major League Soccer and club spokesman Doug Hicks stressed that the spell in England was not a trial.

"This is a great opportunity and we support his decision to seek additional training opportunities," said Hicks.

DC United's domestic season came to a close at the weekend following a play-off loss to New England Revolution.

After the game Adu said there had been "some serious talks" that could lead to him playing elsewhere next year and heightened speculation over his future.

"I'd like to be back but my ultimate goal was to go overseas and if it comes sooner rather than later, I'll take it," he added.

Adu has played three seasons for DC United, having joined them at the age of 14.

The midfielder-cum-striker, who is contracted to MLS rather than the club, has one more season to serve but there is an option for two more for the Ghana-born player hailed as the great hope of American soccer.

Any potential move to Europe will be permissible under international transfer rules when he turns 18 in June 2007.

The Washington Post reports that Adu will link up with United on 18 November.

I bet he is nowhere near as good as he was hyped up to be. Also he is probably actually 36 years old.

Or maybe not!


Manchester United have rejected reports American wonderkid Freddy Adu is to join the club on trial later this month.

Reports had suggested the DC United player, who has been touted for super stardom since his early teens would fulfil a lifetime ambition by joining the Old Trafford club for a fortnight in the hope of securing a permanent contract.

Chelsea have also been linked with the 17-year-old, whose Major League Soccer season has been brought to an end by DC United's failure to qualify for the end of year play-offs.

However, the Red Devils have reacted quickly to dismiss talk of Adu coming to the club, insisting they are not interested in the player.

"Major League Soccer's Freddy Adu will not be attending a trial with Manchester United as has been reported on both sides of the Atlantic," said United in a statement.

"The Washington Post ran a story this week, which was picked up by English papers with quotes from Adu claiming the Reds are still monitoring the teenage striker's progress and that he is due to travel to Manchester on November 18 for a two-week trial.

"The reports contradict statements released last season in which United expressly pointed out that a Adu was not a player they are currently interested in.

"Despite the recent bout of speculation, United's stance has not changed and Adu will not be attending a trial."

lol, awesome headline!

LOL...or maybe yes!

Man Utd confirm interest in Adu

Chelsea have also been linked with 17-year-old Adu
Manchester United are attempting to negotiate a two-week trial for American teenager Freddy Adu in November.

The club initially rejected reports that the 17-year-old striker, who plays Major League Soccer for DC United, would visit Old Trafford.

However, it has now emerged that negotiations are under way.

Adu has also been linked with Chelsea and could be available for transfer in January, providing a fee can be agreed with MLS, who own his registration.

DC United's domestic season ended at the weekend after they lost a play-off at the hands of New England Revolution.

After the game Adu said there had been "some serious talks" that could lead to him playing elsewhere next year and his comments heightened speculation over his future.

"I'd like to be back but my ultimate goal is to go overseas and if it comes sooner rather than later, I'll take it," he added.

Adu has played three seasons for DC United, having joined them at the age of 14.

Although there is only one year remaining on his contract with MLS, there is an option for two more for the Ghana-born player, who has been hailed as the great hope of American soccer.

Any potential move to Europe will be permissible under international transfer rules when he turns 18 in June 2007.

I feel like I read an article twice

He hasn't done anything jaw-dropping even at DC United....though if an english club wants to sell jerseys in the US he's probably a good way to do it.

From todays telegraph

Freddy Adu is not lacking in self-confidence.

"Sometimes," the 17-year-old Ghanaian-American once said of his performance in training, "I impress even myself."

Later this month, Adu will need to do a lot more than impress himself. According to his fan website, the "American Soccer Phenom" is "set to take the British Premier Soccer League by storm". This is an optimistic reading of a contentious, disputed, evidently problematic offer of a two-week trial at Manchester United.

At the end of it, we will begin to have an idea of where Adu stands in world football. Which is he: one of the most exciting talents to emerge in a generation? Or the over-hyped product of a commercial engine that is increasingly seeking to drive football?

Is he the next Cesc Fabregas? Or is he simply a second Calum Best, who was once put through the trial motions by a reluctant Sir Alex Ferguson simply because of his connections?

Adu's arrival at Carrington in a fortnight tells us an awful lot about the way the game is being run, both internationally and more specifically in the boardroom at Old Trafford. He was born in Ghana and was playing football from the age of three in his home town of Tema.

When he was eight his parents won a US immigration lottery and he moved to Washington DC, where his athleticism and natural skill were immediately picked up. So much so, that at 12 he was offered the chance to go to Milan and play for Inter's academy.

His advisers persuaded him he would be better off staying at home and at 14 he made his first appearance for DC United in the Major Soccer League, the youngest debutant in professional sport in American history. By 17, he was a regular in the team. In the very small pond of US football, he was already the biggest fish around.

What makes Adu's progress far more intriguing than simply being the tale of a gifted prodigy, is that almost from the moment word was out about him, he became the physical embodiment of the commercial desperation to break football as a major spectator sport in America.

Nike, anxious to find a home-grown (well, almost) superstar on which to attach their flag, put him on a multi-million dollar contract when he was just 13. Because legally he was too young to do it himself, his mum had to sign the deal. For the company it was a huge gamble. But if this was the Tiger Woods of soccer, they convinced themselves, it would be madness not to have him signed up lock, stock and shinpad. From the moment the contract was inked in, his celebrity was never in doubt. The question was, however: was his talent commensurate with his fame?

Bruce Arena, the US national team coach, clearly wasn't sure. In a move which must have cut Nike's marketing executives to the quick, the 17-year-old Adu was not selected for the US World Cup squad for Germany this year. It was a telling omission. Pele played at the same age in the World Cup, so did Norman Whiteside. Even Adu's contemporary, Theo Walcott, received an invitation to the party.

The news of Adu's trial at Carrington suggests those behind him must be worried about his development. While to admit it publicly might go against the grain of every American tenet of self-regard, Nike appear to recognise that he is not going to become the best player he can become if he stays in the United States.

He needs to be in Europe, being schooled in the same environment as the best under-20s in the world, like the South Americans, Lionel Messi and Giovanni dos Santos, at Barcelona or the Nigerian, John Obi Mikel, at Chelsea. And the perfect fit for Team Freddy, as the Adu brand is doubtless known, is Manchester United.

Here, after all, is a club heavily sponsored by Nike, owned by a family of Americans. The Glazers are, according to word emerging from within Old Trafford, adopting a pretty straightforward commercial policy in order to pay off their massive mortgage on the place. It can be summed up in one word: "more". More sponsors, more revenue from ticket sales, more foreign tours.

Even if they don't know much about football, the Glazer offspring will appreciate that Adu would fit neatly into their marketing approach, giving them more American sporting superstars than anyone else, ready to reap the benefits of soccer's big US breakthrough. If it ever comes.

Besides, United have a precedent of signing up players largely for their potential marquee value. Dong Fangzhou, a limited but willing Chinese forward, is on loan at United's feeder club, Royal Antwerp. By no coincidence whatsoever, Dong's only appearance in the United senior squad was during their tour to the Far East last summer, when he was on the team sheet in matches in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Right now, his chances of ever stepping out in a Premiership match at Old Trafford are only marginally better than those of Joel Glazer. Log on to the club's Chinese-language website, however, and you'll find plenty of pictures of Dong modelling the latest line in red leisure wear.

Adu, though, would be a much more expensive adornment to be wheeled out only on tours of the United States. And judging by the way details of his trial were announced by United, there are those within the club who do not believe he is worth the cost of bothering. It is understandable why. No great player has ever emerged from the US system.

Top European youth coaches these days prefer to talent-spot in Africa or South America, where young players forge a bedrock of technique playing thousands of hours of informal football.

Since he was eight, Adu has been immersed in the most sanitised football in the world, playing the game in formalised workshops generally conducted by some bloke who had a couple of games for Brentford in the Eighties and is now on to a nice little earner teaching the children of the wealthy how to spring the offside trap.

Adu may have all the physical attributes, but when it comes to sheer knowledge of the game, he will find himself way behind even the most limited of his European-schooled counterparts.

In fact when it comes to deciding if he is the next Cesc or the next Calum, you have to think, were Freddy Adu really that good, he wouldn't be coming for a much-publicised two-week trial at Manchester United.

He would already be playing for them.

I hope he makes the move, after a couple years in England we can hopefully figure out if he's good or not once and for all.

Calum Best had a trial at Manure? I did not know that.

His trial has started. American football's domination of the world stage STARTS TODAY (IMO).

Has Rooney broken him yet?

he has great touch and speed the english game would be good to make him more physical and team oriented.

No contract? Wow.

govnor i don't think they can sign him until next year.

or they'd have to sign him to their youth squad and that's something he won't do

Pret - Rooney was playing for Everton at 16 (I think), 17 for sure.

Why not Freddy?

non european player i forget the rule i'll see if i can find it!!!

".Prohibition on the international transfer on minors
In order to guard against the economic exploitation of young people, it is necessary to prohibit the international transfer of players aged under 18, except in specific defined circumstances. Essentially, the situation in which the transfer of a minor would be permitted is when the family of the player moves to a new country. A young player under the age of 18 is in a vulnerable position. Such players are often more than willing to give up their academic education to pursue a sporting career (even though the chance of achieving professional success is very limited). Football bodies have a responsibility towards such youngsters, to ensure they do not leave their home and family and education behind, only to find that the dream of becoming a professional player fails to materialize. "

yes but he would have played in the youth program not on the actual man u squad.

and he will stay in MLS until he can play on a full squad.

that was the biggest reason he came to the US from ghana.

he knew he wouldn't be able to play full squad soccer for 4+ years

He'll end up playing for someone like Port Vale in a few years time.