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USA star Adu turns out for Blackpool reserves

ESPN staff
February 11, 2014
Freddy Adu has been training with Blackpool since the start of February © Blackpool Gazette

Championship side Blackpool fielded a surprise name in a reserve team game with Rochdale on Tuesday - former Benfica midfielder Freddy Adu.

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

Earlier this month, he played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors match against Blackpool's youth team, before completing the same for the reserve team in Tuesday's 3-3 draw with Rochdale. According to reports, Adu was taken off at half time.

Adu, 24, has attracted plenty of hype and attention 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 14-years-old.

He joined Real Salt Lake in 2007 before completing a $2 million move to Benfica after one season. In his time with Benfica Adu 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 and earning 17 caps for the senior side.

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