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Freddy Adu

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Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single

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1 Senior club appearances and goalscounted for the domestic league only andcorrect as of 22:53, 30 June 2007 (UTC).2 National team caps and goals correctas of 22:53, 30 June 2007 (UTC).* Appearances (Goals)

Prior to the 2007 MLS season, he was traded to Real Salt Lake, and was also captain of the U-20 United States men's national team in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. After the conclusion of that tournament, Benfica of the Portuguese Liga secured Adu's rights from MLS for a transfer fee of $2 million USD. On 31 July, the signing was completed and he trained with the team in Lisbon.

At age 12 in January, 2002, Adu joined the IMG Soccer Academy, U.S. Soccer's full-time residency program in Bradenton, Florida. He made his professional debut in Major League Soccer in early 2004, at just 14 years of age, and now plays for the United States Under-20 national team.

Adu has played for the United States in four international tournaments: the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland, the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates, the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands, and the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.

On 14 August 2007 Adu made his debut with Benfica against FC Copenhagen in a UEFA Champions League match, coming into the game in the 37th minute as a substitute. Since then, he has not seen action although sometimes he has been included in the squad. However, it has been reported that Benfica's coaching staff have been impressed with Adu's skills and attitude in training and are planning to increase the young American's exposure this autumn. On September 26th, 2007 Freddy scored his first goal, on a penalty kick, for Benfica in the 92nd minute of a game against E. Amadora in the Portuguese League (Carlsberg) Cup. Benfica subsequently won the game on penalty kicks, including another by Adu. Adu went on to make his league debut as a sub in a match against Sporting Lisbon on September 29, 2007.

Adu was called into the United States National Team camp for a friendly match against Canada, by then coach Bruce Arena in January 2006. On 22 January, Adu became the youngest player to debut with the national team, when he replaced an injured Eddie Johnson in the 81st minute of a friendly against Canada in San Diego, California.

In January 2007, Adu captained the United States U-20 national team as it qualified for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. He finished the qualifying tournament with 2 goals and an assist, all of which he scored against Panama.

By then playing in the 2007 tournament finals, held from June to July, Adu became only the second player in the world to play in three FIFA U-20 World Cups.


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