Lost in transit: Freddy Adu again without a club as FK Jagodina release him

Lost – adjective: Unable to find one’s way; not knowing one’s whereabouts – “Help! We’re lost!”
synonyms: stray, astray, off-course, off-track, off the right track, disorientated,disoriented, having lost one’s bearings, adrift, going round in circles, at sea

Ten years ago Freddy Adu was a name on everyone’s lips in America as a 14-year-old superstar burst onto the scene for DC United, becoming the youngest ever player to make an appearance, and then score in MLS history.

But a his career has spiralled out of control in recent years and the 25-year-old midfielder in without a club for the second time this year after being released by Serbian outfit FK Jagodina.

Adu moved to the Serbian club in July after failing to earn a contract with clubs in England, Norway and the Netherlands after unsuccessful trials. He signed an 18-month contract with Jagodina but made just one appearance in a Serbian Cup game before his release.

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He is now back in America, as anyone who follows him on Instagram will know, and he is in desperate need of a home in the game before his career ends as abruptly as it began.

His best spells have come in MLS with DC United and more recently the Philadelphia Union, where he played between 2011-2013, but it is unlikely that any side in Major League Soccer would take a gamble on the man once labelled as the American Pele at this point.

That means Adu may have to swallow his pride and join a club in the NASL or even USL-Pro League if they were willing to take the attacker.

He’s desire to play in the top leagues around the world can no longer be matched. He is the youngest ever player to appear in US Pro sports but is in danger of becoming a forgotten man for good.

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Playing in the NASL would give him a chance to rebuild his career on home soil, while a chance to play with an MLS team’s reserve side in USL-Pro could also be a good opportunity.

A host of MLS teams have secondary sides entering USL-Pro in 2015 and that could be the best place for Adu to play.

Whatever he decides to do next, it needs to be the right move. Anymore failed moves could see Freddy Adu slip off the soccer radar altogether.

What should Freddy Adu do next? Is his career over or has he got a chance to resurrect it in the US?

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