Report: Freddy Adu to sign with NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies

Saturday July 11th, 2015

Freddy Adu will sign with the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies after his brief stint with Finnish club Kuopion Palloseura (KuPS), reports

Adu reportedly had offers from multiple NASL teams but is expected to sign with the Rowdies this weekend. The 26-year-old American midfielder announced on Tuesday he had exercised an option in his contract with KuPS to leave the club effective immediately to “pursue other opportunities.”

Adu joined KuPS, which plays in the Finnish 4th division, three months ago on a one-year contract. He started his first four games, but then made only two additional appearances, both as a substitute during league games.

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Adu never registered a goal or assist with the KuPS first team. With the reserves, he scored one goal off a free kick.

Adu debuted at the age of 14 with D.C. United in 2004 and later spent 2007 with Real Salt Lake before moving abroad to play for Portugese power Benfica in 2007. He has since bounced among clubs in Brazil, France, Greece, Serbia and Turkey, as well as Finland. The Rowdies will be his 12th club in 11 years.

Adu’s American club was the Philadelphia Union.

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With the Rowdies, Adu will be reunited with head coach Thomas Rongen, who coached Adu on the U.S. U-20 national team in 2007.

The Rowdies won their first game of the NASL fall season 2–1 over the Atlanta Silverbacks on the Fourth of July. They finished second in the spring season behind the New York Cosmos.

Mike Fiammetta

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