Championship Blackpool fielded a surprise name in a reserve team game against Rochdale on Tuesday, according to The Gazette -- former Benfica midfielder Freddy Adu.
Adu has been training with the Blackpool squad since early February and is currently without a club following his release by Brazilian side Bahia in November.
He played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors match against Blackpool’s youth team earlier this month before doing the same for the reserve team in Tuesday’s 3-3 draw with Rochdale. Adu was taken off at half-time.
Adu, 24, has attracted plenty of hype 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 the age of 14.
He joined Real Salt Lake in 2007 before completing a $2 million move to Benfica after one season. In his time with Benfica, he 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 as well as earning 17 caps for the senior side.