BRENT LATHAM - Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Goncalo Lobo Pinhiro/ASF
Adu's stay at Benfica was short
Benfica midfielder Freddy Adu has been loaned to French Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco for the upcoming season, a team official confirmed Wednesday.

"The clubs have arrived at an agreement," a spokesman for club President Jerome de Bontin told YA. "He will be signed today."

The deal is a one year loan with a purchase option for the principality team and the team will not interfere with Adu's plans to play in the upcoming Olympic games.

The club confirmed the deal will be completed when de Bontin flies to Palo Alto, California, where the young American is training with the US Olympic team, to get Adu's signature.

A press conference will be held at noon Thursday in Palo Alto to announce the deal.

This will be Adu's fourth team in as many years after leaving DC United in the 2006/07 season to join Real Salt Lake.

Following a successful showing in the 2007 Under-20 World Cup, Adu joined Portugal's Benfica where he became the youngest American to make a Champions League appearance against Celtic in October of 2007. Adu finished the season with 21 appearances and five goals from all competitions.

Monaco were Champions League finalists in 2003/04, where they lost to FC Porto. However, they finished in twelfth place last season, missing out on Europe play this upcoming year.

Adu becomes the fourth American in France, following Carlos Bocanegra of Rennes, Andrew Jacobson of Lorient and Quentin Westberg at Troyes.