In the latest chapter of what will surely be a great (and very long) documentary one day, Freddy Adu has signed with Serbian club FK Jagodina — his 10th club in as many years after making his MLS debut at just 14 years old.
Adu, who turned 25 last month, started his career with DC United and won the MLS Cup in his first season amidst overwhelming and ultimately unfair comparisons to Pele. After three years there, he moved to Real Salt Lake for one season and then made the move to Europe to play for Benfica. He played one season for the Portuguese side before getting loaned out to Monaco, Beleneses, Greek club Aris and Turkish side Rizespor. He returned to MLS in 2011 with the Philadelphia Union and then had a brief stint with Brazilian club Bahia in 2013. Since being released by Bahia in November of last year, Adu has had trials with English club Blackpool, Norweigen club Stabaek (coached by former U.S. national team manager Bob Bradley) and Dutch club AZ Alkmaar. Now he's with Jagodina.
According to Jagodina's official website, Adu's first impressions of the club and city are "phenomenal." He will attend their Europa League qualifier against Cluj and begin training with the team on Friday as he completes the small matter of actually signing a contract in the coming days. The club's website also notes his lasting fame for being one of the all-time greats in the Football Manager video game.
Jogadina finished third in the Serbian SuperLiga last season, which was the club's best ever finish in a league dominated by Belgrade sides Red Star and Partizan. The winner of the SuperLiga, which is currently ranked as the 42nd best league in the world by the IFFHS (MLS is 49th), gets a place in the Champions League.
Adu made his last appearance for the U.S. national team in 2011. Will the Serbian SuperLiga be his path to long awaited success or one more stop on his way to play for 10 more clubs over another decade of traversing the globe like the ghost of unfair expectations past?
Again, this is going to make for an amazing documentary one day.
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