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August 12, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Freddy Adu back in MLS, signs non-DP deal with Philadelphia

Philadelphia Union Logo.jpgFreddy Adu is back.

After a couple days of rumors, which originally had him joining Sounders FC’s opponent Saturday (Chivas USA), the 22-year-old signed with the Philadelphia Union, reuniting with his former coach at D.C. United, Peter Nowak.

Adu, who has recently put himself back in the mix with the U.S. national team, was acquired on a free transfer from Portuguese club Benfica. He is available for selection this weekend against FC Dallas but will not be a designated player.

“Obviously Freddy is a popular name for the league to be able to bring back,” said Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid today after practice. “That is very good. I coached Freddy with the under-20 team in Holland, so I know Freddy. He’s a very talented player; he’s very gifted. He’s older now, he’s more mature and sometimes going through the trials and tribulations of Europe make you a little bit better psychologically and stronger. I think he showed that a little bit in the Gold Cup. So Philadelphia has got to be happy, they’ve signed a good player.”

As such the Union had to give up its spot in the allocation order, meaning Seattle should be No. 6 if I understand things correctly. That could make the desired acquisition of goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann a little bit easier.

What do you think? It’s been a while since he signed with MLS as a 14-year-old. Happy to see him back in the league?

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