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Adu to Train With Manchester United

Even if Manchester United is impressed with Adu during his two-week stint, several obstacles would stand in the way of an immediate move.

Players younger than 18 cannot be sold internationally, although an exception could be made by FIFA, soccer's world governing body. Adu's 18th birthday is in June.

MLS has Adu under contract for three more years and would have to agree to sell him. His market value is several million dollars. The international transfer window opens only twice a year, for several weeks during the winter and summer, and MLS has been reluctant to sell players while its April-to-November season is in progress.

Even if a deal is reached, Adu would have to apply for a British work permit, which is not easy to obtain. The requirements have undercut attempts by other U.S. players to sign with English clubs.

Then there is the question of whether he is ready to play in England. One realistic scenario is for him to sign with a big club and then be loaned to a lower-division team or sent to a club in another European country.

"It's basically a training opportunity like the ones we've given our players in the past," Kasper said of Adu's program in Manchester. "We hope Freddy benefits from it and comes back an even better player."

United Note: Argentine midfielder Christian Gomez is the leading candidate for the MLS most valuable player award, which will be presented by Commissioner Don Garber at 4:30 p.m. today on ESPNews.

Gomez will be joined at the ceremony in Frisco, Tex., by the other finalists, Real Salt Lake forward Jeff Cunningham and Houston Dynamo midfielder Dwayne De Rosario.


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