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Freddy Adu training with Blackpool

Championship Blackpool fielded a surprise name in a reserve team game against Rochdale on Tuesday, according to The Gazette -- former Benfica midfielder Freddy Adu.

Freddy Adu is set to return to the MLS with Philadelphia Union
Adu has so far failed to reach the heights predicted of him.

Adu has been training with the Blackpool squad since early February and is currently without a club following his release by Brazilian side Bahia in November.

He played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors match against Blackpool’s youth team earlier this month before doing the same for the reserve team in Tuesday’s 3-3 draw with Rochdale. Adu was taken off at half-time.

Adu, 24, has attracted plenty of hype since becoming the youngest ever player to feature in the MLS. The American made his debut as a substitute for DC United in 2004 at the age of 14.

He joined Real Salt Lake in 2007 before completing a $2 million move to Benfica after one season. In his time with Benfica, he was loaned out four times, including a season-long stint at Monaco.

The winger has been a prominent figure of the United States national team set-up, having represented his country at under-17, under-20 and under-23 level as well as earning 17 caps for the senior side.


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