In his own words: Freddy Adu's long journey
Staying home (for now)
The appeal (of signing with Philadelphia) was working with people I was familiar with and being around players I had played with in the past - Brian Carroll, Josh Gross, Peter Nowak and John Hackworth. I had played under Hackworth at various youth teams and Nowak at D.C. I had worked under both with the national team as well. Just the familiarity with them and being close to home. When you are going through all those things in Europe and not having your family right there with you as a young player, it’s very difficult. In a way, I think I went to Europe too early so that’s why I decided this time, if I am going to do it again, I am going to do it the right way. I’ll come back and play here and play a couple years and get games under my belt and some seasons under my belt. Then I can make that move [to Europe] because I still want to go to Europe by the age of 25, or a little before.