ADU SET FOR AZ AKLMAAR TRIAL
The journey to find a team continues for Freddy Adu as the American midfielder has now landed at Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar for a trial.
The team made the announcement on their official Twitter account on Sunday.
"Good luck on your trial at AZ Alkmaar Freddy Adu! We hope Jozy Altidore has inspired you," the team tweeted.
Adu, 25, is looking to get his career back on track after a failed six-month stint at Brazilian side EC Bahia in 2013. Prior to his stay in Brazil, the former number one overall pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft spent time at DC United and Real Salt Lake before heading over to Europe where he signed with Portuguese side Benfica. Unable to break into the Lisbon-based team's lineup, he would then head out on loans to Belenenses, Aris in Greece, AS Monaco in France and Caykur Rizespor in Turkey.
Alkmaar, who employ former United States international Earnie Stewart as its technical director, has had some success with American players. Jozy Altidore had a career season in 2012-2013 as he went on to score 31 goals in all competitions. Fellow American Aron Johannsson has followed the success of the Sunderland man as he scored 25 goals overall.
Adu was previously on trials with English Championship side Blackpool and Norway's Stabaek, where former United States head coach Bob Bradley is in charge.
It appears as if it would be an uphill climb for Adu as the minimum salary requirements for non-EU citizens in the Eredivisie is high.
The former teen phenom will be looking to impress newly appointed head coach Marco van Basten ahead of the start of the Dutch league season and hopefully put himself back in the picture for a call up to the U.S. national team.