Adu gets permission to train with Manchester United

November 8, 2006

WASHINGTON -- Freddy Adu will get his long-awaited first taste of European club soccer when he practices with Manchester United for two weeks later this month.

D.C. United and MLS have given the teen star permission to join the famous English team starting Nov. 18, three days after he is expected to play in a U.S. Under-20 national team game against Guatemala in Florida.

D.C. United spokesman Doug Hicks said the practices with Manchester United will not be a tryout and that Adu's rights remain with MLS.

"This is a great opportunity for Freddy," Hicks said Wednesday. "We support his decision to seek additional training opportunities in the offseason."

Adu, who became the youngest player in MLS history three years ago when he was drafted at age 14, has often stated his desire to play for a European club. Such a move will be allowed under international transfer rules when he turns 18 in June.

Adu is under contract to United for one more season, but he said after Sunday's season-ending playoff loss to New England that there have been "some serious talks" that could lead to him playing elsewhere next year.

Adu's workouts with Manchester United were first reported by The Washington Post on its Web site.


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