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Freddy Adu is adapting to latest chapter of his career

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Freddy Adu’s signing with Finnish team Kuopion Palloseura (KuPS) was supposed to rejuvenate his ailing career. It was a move that was supposed to remove the haters and critics, and once again put them on the side of support. That has not happened.

Four months since signing with his eleventh club, KuPS, Adu is nearing the exit door. Although the club haven’t said his time is nearly up, their actions have spoken loudly.

Unfit and unable to even make the bench for KuPS, Adu has found himself in the team’s reserve squad. The club’s reserve team, Kuopio Futis-98 (KuFu), currently play in the fourth-tier of Finnish soccer and it is a place Adu is expected to find some semblance of form in. Yet, that hasn’t exactly happened.

“Freddy is apparently nowhere near match-fit and the coach has refused to put him on the bench,” Finnish soccer blogger Rich Nelson told World Soccer Talk. “Despite some gentle encouragement from the board.”

While Adu’s play for KuPS has been nothing to write home about, he did tally his first goal for KuFu a week ago. It was Adu’s first goal since September 2012 while playing for the Philadelphia Union. And since arriving, Adu has shown very little of what made him so sought after a few years ago.

“From what I saw of his early games, he seemed to still have the occasional moment of class and excellent set-pieces,” explained Nelson. “But yes, definitely out of shape.”

Now forced into the reserve side by coach Marko Rajamaki, Adu may be the most well paid Finnish soccer player. The former media proclaimed “next Pele”, who was playing for the USA in the CONCACAF Gold Cup this time four years ago, is thought to be the owner’s signing. Hence, another reason Rajamaki has forced Adu into the reserves and the board’s considerable nudging to get the American back into the first team.

“I don’t know what his wage is, but I understand there’s a structured element based on games, goals, etc,” Nelson stated. “The average monthly income for a Veikkausliiga [Finnish first division] player is around €1800 a month ($2000). So, I’d bet he’s on a lot more than that.”

Adu’s chances of playing in the United States, if he wants to, are probably still quite high. Although, it is assumed that many Major League Soccer teams will think twice before signing the former child prodigy after his last stint with the Union. The North American Soccer League could be a place for Adu, but that is if his time in Finland has already run out.

Regardless, Adu’s not helped himself and someday soon, ESPN 30 for 30 will tell us all where it went wrong.

Follow Drew Farmer on Twitter @Calciofarmer. Drew Farmer is a Manchester, England-based journalist/blogger that writes for MLSGB and World Soccer Talk. Drew has contributed to Forza Italian Football, Bleacher Report and Soccerly. Originally from southwest Missouri, Drew covers Italy’s Serie A, English football and USA soccer.


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  1. 7rs

    July 2, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Everyone avoids the reality that Freddy is a lot older than reported. The guy is at least 30. The birth certificate trick only works when you are young.

  2. Bob Dobalina

    June 30, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Rather obvious he is among the many African players who fibbed had incorrect birth records. I’m guessing he’s at least 30 years old, was never that talented and only looked good young because he was older and more mature than everyone else at this age group. When he went up against pros the same age as him, he got found out rather quick. Absolutely no sympathy for this fraud.

  3. TJ

    June 30, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    The Finnish 1st Division is NASL level and he did nothing there. What makes you think he will do anything in the D2 NASL?

    He is light years from being back in MLS.

  4. Kei

    June 30, 2015 at 12:38 am

    He’s gone from playing in MLS to languishing on a Finnish reserve team in three years. The only things being rejuvenated in relation to Adu are the “what if” discussions about his career.

  5. Blue Lou

    June 29, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    “Freddy Adu’s signing with Finnish team Kuopion Palloseura (KuPS) was supposed to rejuvenate his ailing career.”

    It was? I thought it was a way for the guy to earn a living playing soccer in one of the shrinking number of countries where he hasn’t worn out his welcome.

    Obviously this is a “too much too soon” kind of story. There can be no question at this point he is lacking in the work ethic department. Even so, I think bad management (as has been the case for MANY Americans going abroad) deserves a lot of blame for this sad farce of a career. That is what I would like to see as the focus of a 30 for 30…the idiots who negotiated Adu going to Benfica, Donovan to Leverkusen, etc.

    • Paul

      November 1, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      he lied about his age from the beginning. ghana birth certificate…

  6. EDub

    June 29, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    While I appreciate the update on F. Adu, this is a sort of strange article. The title seems to imply good things (or was I reading into it) but it sounds like he’s basically out of shape.

    If indeed he could still return to the MLS, I’m not sure what universe this kid is living in thinking he is still too good. 11 sides already? 4th division of Finland? You would think after all of the lack of success, he would be able to suck it up and find a way to make it work in the MLS.

    I will say this – I too am looking forward to the 30 for 30 ep.

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