Freddy Adu’s soccer odyssey appears set to take him abroad once again.
The former prodigy, fresh off an unsuccessful trial with the Portland Timbers, is weighing an offer from Polish second-division club Sandecja Nowy Sacz, a source close to Adu confirmed to Goal. Reports surfaced on Tuesday suggesting Adu is close to signing, but Goal's source says Adu only received the offer on Tuesday, and has not accepted it. He has yet to travel to Poland to finalize it, contrary to reports in Poland.
The club had released a statement on Monday indicating it held talks with Adu, but that it had balked at the financial demands.
Sources also tell Goal that Adu is also considering offers from Asia. Adu seriously considered a move to South Korea prior to his move to Brazilian side Bahia in 2013.
Wherever I end up next. It'll be with the thought of being somewhere I'll get good competitive games. Been lacking that the last few years. — Freddy Adu (@FreddyAdu) February 8, 2017
The former U.S. international, who began his professional career at age 14 with MLS side D.C. United, has struggled to find playing time at any level recently. He signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL in 2015, but after a promising first season with the club, Adu was left on the bench in favor of Joe Cole for the 2016 season. He left the Rowdies having just played 13 league matches for the club. Prior to that he found himself in Finland, where he played just five games for KuPS, and also had a brief spell with Serbian club FK Jagodina.
The last time Adu played with any regularity for a first-division team was in 2012, when he suited up for the Philadelphia Union after a brief resurgence that saw him play a part in the U.S. run to the 2011 Gold Cup final. He fell out of favor with the Union though, precipitating a departure after two seasons, with Adu leaving for Bahia.
Adu spent a few weeks on trial with the Timbers at the end of January, but the team elected not to sign him to a contract.
"It isn't easy getting into our squad when you look at players like (Darlington) Nagbe, (Diego) Valeri, (Fanendo) Adi, (Darren) Mattocks and (Sebastian) Blanco," Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson told Goal at the time. "It was always going to be tough for Freddy, however we felt he deserved the opportunity."