Freddy Adu heads to AZ Alkmaar on trial in search of club deal
Could the latest American at AZ Alkmaar be Freddy Adu?
The Dutch club announced that the 25-year-old American is on trial, as he seeks his latest club destination after ending his stay at Brazilian club Bahia in December. Adu had been training with Stabaek, coached by Bob Bradley, in Norway, where he received minutes in a friendly, according to the club's website.
If Adu lands a contract with AZ, he would join Aron Johannsson as U.S. internationals at the club. Former U.S. national team star Earnie Stewart is the club's technical director, and AZ is where U.S. forward Jozy Altidore has had the most club success, scoring 50 goals in two seasons across all competitions before securing his move to Sunderland last summer.
Perhaps the attack-heavy Eredivisie is a strong fit for the playmaking Adu. Ever since Adu's resurgence under Bradley in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, club success has been hard to find. Adu was inconsistent with the Philadelphia Union upon his return to MLS, accounting for seven goals and two assists in a season and a half before heading to Bahia in a swap that brought Brazilian World Cup winner Kleberson to Philadelphia.
Adu struggled for playing time at Bahia, playing in just seven matches before becoming a free agent in the winter.