A deal that had been rumored for several days has finally come out as a fact, and Freddy Adu will be headed to the Portuguese Premier League. He will be sold from Real Salt Lake to Lisbon’s Benfica for $2 million. Benfica, who finished third in the league standings last season, will play in the third qualifying round of the Champions League next month.
Adu is just 18-years-old and is coming off a stellar showing at FIFA’s Under-20 World Cup last month. This is a great move for Freddy because the MLS will not provide the level of competition he needs to improve. Hopefully he gets a chance to play major minutes for Benfica and sees some action in the Champions League. And hey, at worst, we now have an excuse to watch Portuguese League soccer.
Now the question becomes which of Adu’s U-20 teammates will be the next to get offers from European clubs?