It's again time to ask: What ever happened to Freddy Adu?
The former teen prodigy, who signed with D.C. United as a 14-year-old in 2004, is looking for work. After Adu spent a season and a half with the Philadelphia Union, coach John Hackworth is done with him at his current contract level.
"He is not a part of our plans going forward," Hackworth announced as his team gets set to open the 2013 preseason.
Adu had five goals in 24 games (20 starts) for the Union last season, but it wasn't nearly enough production for his $400,000 base salary ($519,000 guaranteed). It's a figure that also makes the Potomac native virtually untradeable within MLS.
So Adu likely will look overseas, where he went in 2007 after his first three and a half years in MLS. Five teams and four years later, his redemption appeared complete with the U.S. national team during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Instead, he's starting over again. At 23 years old, he's still young enough. But his legacy is quickly becoming that of a journeyman, not a prodigy.
- Craig Stouffer