Friday, November 24, 2006


American ace trials with Man United

Ghana-born American teenager Freddy Adu has taken a step closer to playing in Europe after starting a two-week trial with Manchester United, the BBC reported Monday.

The 17-year-old, touted to become one of the stars of the game since his earliest years, was given permission to attend by his Major League Soccer club DC United.

Adu will not be able to play in a competitive match with the Premiership leaders as he does not have a work permit.

However United are thought to be keen to arrange a match behind close doors during his stay.
Two weeks ago United boss Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed they would be keen on signing Adu if he could prove himself.

"I think we would be interested, he's only young but we have known of him for a long time," said Ferguson.

"We tried to get him here some years ago but he signed for DC United and that stopped the progress of us keeping tabs on him."

Adu's workout could entice the Premiership squad to sign him, but Adu will not turn 18 until June and would need an exemption from FIFA to an international transfer rule preventing such a move until he turns 18.

Major League Soccer owns Adu's playing rights for the next three seasons and would have to approve a switch. The US league has been reluctant to swing such deals during its April to November season.

Adu, who plays forward and midfield, has been sought after by European clubs since age 12 and has said his goal is to play with a European squad, although he stayed near his Washington home for his first pro seasons.

Adu was 16 when he made his international debut for the USA in a friendly against Canada.

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