March 27, 2013 |
The Union announced Monday they have cut ties with midfielder Freddy Adu, reaching a contract termination by mutual consent, while acquiring veteran Brazilian international Jose Kleberson on loan from Esporte Clube Bahia. Adu subsequently signed with Bahia. Kleberson, 33, was a key player on Brazil's winning team in the 2002 World Cup, and has also played for Manchester United in the English Premier League and Turkish power Besiktas. Adu, 23, came to the Union in August 2011 under former coach Peter Nowak, and made 35 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals with two assists.
March 17, 2013
Forward-midfielder Freddy Adu is close to transferring from the Union to Brazilian first division team, Bahia, according to an mlssoccer.com report. Adu is set to travel to Brazil next week to finalize the deal with Bahia. Adu has become a fixture on the Union's bench after falling out of favor with head coach John Hackworth . GOLF: Shawn Stefani took only one putt on half of his holes to piece together a 1-under 70 on Friday and lead by 1 shot over Adam Scott at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla. Harris English was 2 shots back, along with Brian Harman . TENNIS: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic advanced to the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Indian Wells, Calif.
January 22, 2013 |
UNION MANAGER John Hackworth named veteran Brian Carroll as the team's captain Monday. "Brian has certainly earned that opportunity through his actions and his character," Hackworth said. One of the top defensive midfielders in Major League Soccer, Carroll has played 268 games over 10 seasons in the league. This year will be his third in Philadelphia. Remarkably, in the 22,426 minutes he has spent on the field in MLS, Carroll has never been given a red card. On another front, Hackworth confirmed that Freddy Adu won't be a part of the team.
January 18, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - At the start of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft, all discussion around the Union centered on whom they would take with their two second-round draft picks. It turned out to be forward Don Anding and midfielder Stephen Okai. By the end of the event, two bigger stories had stolen the headlines. Union manager John Hackworth, when asked whether Freddy Adu would be at training camp, said the star midfielder is not part of the team's preseason plans. Camp begins Monday at YSC Sports in Wayne.
January 18, 2013
WHEN THE UNION kicks off 2013 training camp on Monday at YSC Sports in Wayne, one notable name will be missing: Freddy Adu. Union manager John Hackworth, speaking from the MLS SuperDraft in Indianapolis, did not elaborate on Adu's situation, simply stating, "We'll address that on Monday. " Meanwhile, the team is set to announce the signing of a major player, according to Hackworth, widely believed to be defender Damani Richards, of Trinidad. Amid the buzz, the Union made its draft selections, including forward Don Anding and midfielder Stephen Okai.
November 20, 2012
THREE UNION players - forward Freddy Adu, midfielder Michael Farfan and defender Amobi Okugo - will hone their skills in the offseason with Galatasaray in Turkey and SC Freiberg, of the German Bundesliga, the club announced. Adu will have a 2-week training stint with Galatasaray, while Farfan and Okugo will travel to Germany to train with Freiberg. This marks the second straight season that those three have trained with European clubs in the offseason. Adu spent 2 weeks with Spanish side Rayo Vallecano last season; Farfan traveled to Sunderland last January; and Okugo spent time with Freiberg last December.
November 6, 2012
In his final news conference Monday, Union team manager John Hackworth insisted that his exit interview with Freddy Adu might not lead to the midfielder's exit. Yet there was no denying, reading between the lines, that Hackworth and the team feel that a player who earned $519,000 this Major League Soccer season had underperformed - not only in games but in practice. After a season-ending 3-0 defeat to the New York Red Bulls on Oct. 27, Hackworth said no final decision on Adu had been made, despite a Philly.com report that suggested he had played his last game for the Union.
October 28, 2012 |
The Union certainly didn't present themselves with any late-season, feel-good moments heading into the offseason. Going in reverse from a year ago, the Union ended their Major League Soccer season with a 3-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Saturday at PPL Park. Thus the Union (10-18-6) finished with three consecutive losses and many more questions. Playoff-bound New York is 16-9-9. The Union were 8-15-7 in their inaugural 2010 season. Last year they went 11-8-15, earned a playoff berth, and lost in the two-game aggregate series to Houston by a 3-1 score.
October 1, 2012 |
The Union's attempt to make the Major League Soccer playoffs ended Saturday in Columbus. The Union lost to the Crew, 3-2, after battling back from a 2-0 deficit. Columbus' Milovan Mirosevic scored in the 87th minute for the game-winner. Danny Cruz and Jack McInerney scored for the Union (8-15-6), which was missing injured Freddy Adu (thigh). The Crew is 14-11-6. The Union plays Wednesday at Chicago at 8:30 p.m.
September 28, 2012 |
WHERE EVER HE plays next season - whether he returns to the Union, a different Major League Soccer franchise or a second-tier team overseas - Freddy Adu ought to shorten his name to just "Fred Adu. " After all, he's a 23-year-old man now, in his 10th season as a professional. And being "Freddy Adu" is a burden that "Fred Adu" would no longer have to bear. Freddy Adu is the tall tale, like Paul Bunyan, John Henry or Pecos Bill. He will always be known as the teenage prodigy who was supposed to change the face of United States soccer.