WASHINGTON -- Freddy Adu will make his first start for the U.S. men's national team Saturday, SI.com has learned. Adu will be in coach Bob Bradley's starting XI in a friendly against World Cup 2010 hosts South Africa in Johannesburg (Sat., 9 a.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel, Galavisión).
The 18-year-old midfielder has been on a run of good form recently, scoring three goals for his new club, Portugal's Benfica, and performing well as a substitute in the U.S.' 1-0 win at Switzerland last month. Adu moved from Real Salt Lake to Benfica during the summer when Major League Soccer sold him for a $2 million transfer fee following the Under-20 World Cup.
The South Africa game will be Adu's third appearance with the U.S. senior national team.