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Philadelphia Union manager John Hackworth says Freddy Adu done at PPL Park

Jan 21, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

Eddie Gaven, Freddy Adu

We probably didn’t need this kind of iron-clad confirmation to know that Freddy Adu was done with the Philadelphia Union – but we got it anyway.

Not everyone agrees, but I personally enjoy this type of candor from those in power.

In a letter to fans this morning, Union manager John Hackworth has provided confirmation (as we speculated late last week) that Adu’s days at PPL Park are, indeed, numbered.

In theory, one could contest that public acknowledgement of this decision makes a move more difficult, or diminishes the potential financial return.

But, honestly, who’s kidding whom here? Adu was barely a part of the team late last year under Hackworth. Everybody noticed. You think officials at potential destinations would believe Hackworth if the Union manager picked up the phone and said, “We love this guy! We’re gonna build the team around him. Heck, we’re thinking of renaming the damn stadium after our little Freddy. I mean, we might think about handing him over for the right price, but …”

No. Everyone knows the deal.  So why not come out and talk about it?  Get it all out there … especially around a bunch of faithful supporters who feel like team officials haven’t always been as forthcoming as they might have been.

Here’s the critical part of what Hackworth wrote to supporters on Monday:

… This was also a conversation that started before the end of last season. Basically, to make a very long story short, we presented Freddy with an option to come back and play for the Philadelphia Union. However, Freddy chose to stick with his current contract, which was not an option we were willing to accept.

“At the moment, Freddy has not been sold nor loaned and he continues to be our player, but in reality, while we are paying his salary and while we have his rights – he is not a part of our plans going forward. We have a number of challenges because of moves we have made in the past couple of years that affect us long term and frankly, Freddy Adu is a major one. The next step for him is one that we have been trying to work on since October, which is to see if there is a viable option to sell or loan him that makes sense for our organization and for Freddy.”

  1. Dan - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Admittedly an odd set of circumstances. But Hackworth is no dummy. If he felt Adu could help his club on the pitch and in the locker room, he would find a way to make it work. An experiment that just did not work…

  2. tylerbetts - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Seems to me like MLS isn’t the right *kind* of league for Adu. Ignoring chatter about coach conflicts, not reaching potential, never earning his salary etc. The bottom line is, he is a creative/finesse playmaker, and MLS is a leauge that allows too much physical play and doesn’t reward Adu’s style of play.

    Could you get him in a PERFECT situation and have it work? Probably. A place like Seattle, where they need a playmaker, could work. Adu creating for EJ could be a thing of beauty.

    I wouldn’t bet on it, though.

    He’d be better plying his trade in a league that was a bit more wide open, less physical, and gave you more chances to run in space and create. Hey … where are those highlights from Jozy’s hat trick?

  3. pensfan603 - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    He wouldnt work in seattle he is to self cntered, he nedes to be on a team where he is the man and the only man,He is undoubtably the best player and that wont happen in the mls.
    On a side note that leaves another mls team with a dp spot opened..

  4. ll8078 - Jan 21, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    he can only make it on a team where he’s by far the best player. As a Union fan, i was terrified of this move from day one, really moved the team backwords. Great core of young strikers who share the ball…until you throw Adu into the mix.

    Hopefully he sells and they can acquire another quality midfielder or CB with the departure of Valdez.

  5. wesbadia - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I agree with what others here have said about Adu needing to be *the* man on his team, and also in a less-physical league than MLS to be successful.

    Only problem is, he played in Portugal and never made it anywhere there either…

    My only conclusion is that Freddy would be best suited for a 2nd or 3rd division side in Spain or Italy or maybe Brazil. No where else will you find a team needing a go-to playmaker of Freddy’s caliber. He’ll definitely have to come down in price for that to happen, though. It blows my mind that he’s arrogant enough to still think he’s worth his salary after lackluster performance after lackluster performance at most places he’s played. Suck it up and take the pay cut, Freddy. Life can only get easier once you do.

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