Freddy Adu Taking Remnants of Once Promising Career to Germany
Nobody seems to want him. After being jettisoned by teams in Portugal, France and Greece, Adu tried unsuccessfully to secure a place with a middle-of-the-road Swiss club in July. He's officially still on loan from Benfica to Aris Thessaloniki until next summer, but is extremely unlikely to ever play for either.
Now Adu's desperate attempt to avoid returning to MLS has taken him to the depths of the German second division. He's on trial with FC Ingolstadt this week (photo) and came on as a second half substitute in a Thursday scrimmage against another German side in Turkey.
Speaking to Yanks Abroad, an Ingolstadt official confirmed the trial and said that Adu will remain with the club until Sunday, at which point it will make a decision on his future there.
"We are searching for an offensive player with experience and scoring qualities, but i cannot give you any prognosis if Freddy is the right player at the moment."
Ingolstadt is in 17th place in the 18-team second division at 3-11-3 and has managed just 19 goals in its 17 games. The season resumes the weekend of Jan. 15-16.
Former New England Revolution and U.S. under-20 national team defender Amaechi Igwe also plays for Ingolstadt.