Former United States international phenom and current globetrotter Freddy Adu has signed with FK Jagodina in his latest attempt to revitalize his once promising career.
Ives Galarcep of Goal reports a deal with the Serbian club has now been signed, which marks the end of an eight-month period where the midfielder was unattached:
American midfielder Freddy Adu has signed with Serbian club FK Jagodina.
The former U.S. youth national team standout had been without a team since leaving Brazilian club Bahia last November.
There was a time when it was believed Adu would help lead an American soccer revolution. His natural talent was off the charts, he commonly made highlight-reel plays and he enjoyed success as a youth international with the under-17 and under-20 squads.
Will Adu begin a comeback story with Jagodina?
He's never developed into the superstar many were expecting at the professional level, though. The Ghana-born attacker enjoyed limited success with D.C. United as a teenager, and the story has been much the same during the eight stops that have followed.
A star at the lower levels, Adu hasn't been able to elevate his level of play as the competition has become more difficult.
So instead of helping the American squad in this summer's World Cup, he wasn't even on the radar as the side was trimmed down to the final 23. It illustrated how far he's fallen since the days of immense hype as his career got started.
On the positive side, he's still just 25, which leaves time for a career revival. Unfortunately, that's been true for quite some time now, and not much has changed. Cristian Nyari of Bundesliga Fanatic joked about a comparison between his career and a popular reality show:
Freddy Adu's soccer career is turning into a real-life version of The Amazing Race.— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) July 25, 2014
Back in February, The Telegraph passed along comments from Adu while he was training with Blackpool. He admitted his choice of teams has played a role in his struggles.
"I haven't always made the right decisions as far as choices of teams I've gone to in the past. That's why when I heard of this opportunity I wanted to come here check it out, see if it fits, see how it is," he said.
Perhaps Jagodina can finally provide the comfort zone he's been seeking. The most important thing for him is getting as much playing time as possible in an attempt to rediscover the magic that made him a rising star in the first place.
While hope springs eternal with every move, it's reached a point where Adu will need to start showing something before the hype machine starts back up.
It may never happen, but that doesn't mean he should stop trying.