Fredua Koranteng "Freddy" Adu (born June 2, 1989) is an American soccer player who currently plays with Benfica. Adu was born in Tema, Ghana, before emigrating to the United States at the age of eight and becoming a citizen in 2003. He occasionally plays for the United States national team.
He became one of the youngest athletes to sign a professional contract in the United States at the age of fourteen, after he was selected by D.C. United in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. On April 3, 2004, he became the youngest player to appear in a Major League Soccer (MLS) game when he came on as a substitute in a game against the San Jose Earthquakes. Two weeks later, on April 17, he became the youngest scorer in MLS history, scoring a goal in a 3–2 loss to the New York MetroStars.
Freddy Adu should be one of the most recognizable names in American Soccer. Going pro at the age of 14 to play for Major League Soccer’s D.C. United, Adu made a name for himself as a soccer prodigy. No one could deny the fact that this kid was good and quickly soccer teams around the world started having an interest in this little guy who immigrated to the US from Ghana at the age of 8. After playing 2 seasons at D. C. United, and almost signing with Manchester United, Freddy was traded to … more