Following days of reports suggesting that U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu would return to Major League Soccer as a member of Chivas USA, several sources reported yesterday that the 22-year-old is indeed coming back to the league that launched his career in 2004—but not to Chivas. The new reports say Adu has worked out a deal with the Philadelphia Union.
An announcement from the club is expected today. Adu had been on track to join Robin Fraser’s Chivas side, but apparently the club’s owner Jorge Vergara squashed the deal at the 11th hour.
The Union recently lost striker Carlos Ruiz and are looking to add firepower as they battle for the top spot in the Eastern Conference down the stretch.
The deal may raise some eyebrows among those who remember Adu’s spell under Philly coach Peter Nowak when Nowak was boss at DC United at the start of Adu’s career. It was anything but smooth. But the pair have reportedly mended the fences and worked together on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.
No word yet on the length of the deal or on whether Adu has been signed as a Designated Player.