PHILADELPHIA - Freddy Adu, once hyped
as the greatest talent in American soccer, returned to
Major League Soccer on Friday, signing for Philadelphia Union to
end his ill-fated spell in Europe.
Adu, given a professional contract at 14-years-old and
hailed as the 'American Pele' in some quarters, joined Benfica
four years ago but never established himself at the Portuguese
The forward, who can also play as an attacking midfielder,
underwent a series of loan spells, including one with French
club Monaco, and spent last year in the Turkish second division.
Ghana-born Adu, who is still only 22, missed out on a place
in the U.S. World Cup squad in 2010 but was recalled for this
year's CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The deal with Philadelphia reunites Adu with Peter Nowak who
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