NOWY SACZ, Poland. March 3 (AP) – Freddy Adu’s soccer odyssey has taken him abroad once again – this time Poland.
The former prodigy, fresh off an unsuccessful trial with the Portland Timbers, has accepted an offer from 1 Liga (Polish second-division) club Sandecja Nowy Sacz.
Reports surfaced already on Tuesday suggesting Adu was close to signing, but sources said that Adu only received the offer on Tuesday, and had not accepted it. He has later traveled to Poland the next day to finalize it.
Sources also tell that Adu was also considering offers from Asia. Before accepting the offer from Poland, Adu seriously considered a move to South Korea.
The former U.S. international, who began his professional career at age 14with MLS side D.C. United, has struggled to find playing time at any level recently. He signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL in 2015, but after a promising first season with the club, Adu was left on the bench in favor of Joe Cole for the 2016 season. He left the Rowdies having just played 13 league matches for the club. Prior to that he found himself in Finland, where he played just five games for KuPS, and also had a brief spell with Serbian club FK Jagodina.
The last time Adu played with any regularity for a first-division team was in 2012, when he suited up for the Philadelphia Union after a brief resurgence that saw him play a part in the U.S. run to the 2011 Gold Cup final. He fell out of favor with the Union though, precipitating a departure after two seasons, with Adu leaving for Bahia.
Adu spent a few weeks on trial with the Timbers at the end of January, but the team elected not to sign him to a contract.
“It isn’t easy getting into our squad when you look at players like (Darlington) Nagbe, (Diego) Valeri, (Fanendo) Adi, (Darren) Mattocks and (Sebastian) Blanco,” Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson told Goal at the time.
“It was always going to be tough for Freddy, however we felt he deserved the opportunity.”
Update: Despite previous reports, a latest statement from Sandecja Nowy Sacz has confirmed that the club has not offered Freddy Adu a contract for the 2017 season.
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