After missing two straight matches, many have speculated that Freddy Adu's time with the Philadelphia Union is done. However, according to Union head coach John Hackworth, those rumors are premature, although Hackworth did admit the team is still weighing its options.
Hackworth spoke on the subject on Saturday, with his quotes coming via Ives Galarcep of the website www.soccerbyives.net:
“I want what’s best for Freddy. I expect a lot out of him. He expects a lot out of himself. We’ll have a heart to heart talk and see what’s best for both of us.”
Amongst the many issues which may be holding the club up seems to be how exactly to remove Adu.
With Adu's contract guaranteed through the 2013 season, Philadelphia would either have to trade him, sell his contract to another club or buy him out. According to Galarcep, a trade would require the Union to take back a big chunk of Adu's contract.
And if it is the end for Adu, it mark an unceremonious finish after a disappointing 2012 season to date. Adu played in just 24 of Philadelphia's 34 games, finishing with just five goals and one assist.