One-time wonderkid Freddy Adu has made an unexpected return to football after he signed for a third-tier Swedish team.
The former United States international joined Osterlen FF, according to multiple reports.
The 31-year-old, who last played for the USL’s Las Vegas Lights in 2018, appeared to confirm the deal on social media.
“Missed this sport so much and just happy to have the opportunity to be playing again. One step at a time,” he wrote.
Freddy Adu has signed with Swedish side Osterlen FF. It marks Adu’s first return to action since playing for the Las Vegas Lights in 2018.
Osterlen was recently promoted to Sweden’s Division 1, the third tier in Sweden.
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“Skipped a lot of steps in the past but now I get a chance to do it right. I’m excited and never been more ready!” he added.
Adu was the youngest male player ever to sign a professional contract when he joined MLS and D.C. United as a 14-year-old in November of 2003.
Since, he’s played for over a dozen clubs, including Portuguese giants Benfica, Brazilian side Bahia and the Philadelphia Union of MLS.
As in international, Adu appeared 17 times for the U.S., scoring twice. However, he hasn’t played for his country since a 4-2 loss to Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup final.