Freddy Adu, the one-time American soccer prodigy, has bounced around the planet for a decade seeking a place to play regularly.
Adu was with the club in the second-tier North American Soccer League for 1 1/2 years, making 13 regular season appearances and starting seven times without scoring. This year, he totaled 136 minutes in five appearances (one start).
The Rowdies are moving to the United Soccer League, a growing third-flight circuit that is seeking second-division status from the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Adu is said to be “sorting things out” and hoping to take “the next step soon.”
Since turning pro at age 14 and spending three years with D.C. United, Adu has not lasted more than two full seasons anywhere. In all, he has been with 12 clubs in 13 years.
After United traded him to Real Salt Lake for the 2007 MLS season, he was sold for $2 million to Benfica, which proceeded to loan him to Monaco (France), Belenense (Portugal) and Aris (Greece). He later spent time in Turkey (Rizespor), MLS (Philadelphia Union), Brazil (Bahia), Serbia (Jagodina) and Finland (KuPS) before landing with the Rowdies in July 2015 under his former U.S. under-20 national team coach, Thomas Rongen.
In the past four years, Adu has played in 23 league matches and hasn’t scored in league play since Sept. 23, 2012, with Philadelphia, a two-goal effort against the Houston Dynamo.