Report: Union to begin camp without Freddy Adu


Report: Union to begin camp without Freddy Adu

Freddy Adus time in Philadelphia could be coming to an end.

According to a tweet from ESPN's Jeffrey Carlisle on Thursday, from the 2013 MLS SuperDraft in Indianapolis, Union coach John Hackworth said he does not expect Freddy Adu to be with the club when it begins training camp on Monday.

He added that a transfer of Adu was possibly imminent.

The Union, which drafted forward Don Anding on Thursday (see story), were unavailable for comment.

The news of Adus Union demise should not come as a shock, as the team has been rumored to be ridding themselves of Adu and his nearly 500,000 salary, even offering to pay a healthy portion of it to whichever club takes the disappointing midfielder on.

Adu, 23, acquired by former Union coach Peter Nowak in late 2011, is on the final year of his MLS contract. The young but enigmatic talent played in 24 games last season, scoring five goals and one assist. As a result of on-field inconsistency, he made just 20 starts.

At the conclusion of the Unions lowly 2012 season, in which they finished with the fifth-worst record in the MLS, Hackworth pulled no punches that the future for Adu in Union blue was in question.

Freddy and I have a long history and despite what people think, we are close, too, said Hackworth in late September 2012. I want what is best for Freddy and I want a lot out of him. He expects a lot out of himself as well. We will have a very heart-to-heart talk and see whats best for both of us.

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Union sign draft picks Aaron Jones and Jack Elliott

Union sign draft picks Aaron Jones and Jack Elliott

The Union have signed draft picks Aaron Jones and Jack Elliott, the second and fourth round picks from last month’s MLS SuperDraft. 

Jones is a 5-foot-9 defender was selected 33rd overall.

“We are pleased to sign Aaron to an official MLS contract,” Union sporting director Earnie Stewart said in a statement. “Aaron has impressed throughout his time with us in preseason camp, displaying quickness, his ability in passing and on free kicks, and his aggressive one-on-one defending.”

The 22-year-old originally played with Georgia State University from 2013-2014. He made 35 starts while scoring three goals with five assists. He transferred to Clemson before the 2015 season and finished his final two seasons with the Tigers. In those two seasons he made 38 starts, scoring four goals, and gathered seven assists. 

Elliott was chosen 77th overall out of West Virginia, where he played in 68 games and recorded six goals and five assists. He was named to the 2016 NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team in addition to earning CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors, becoming WVU’s first three-time Academic All-America honoree.

“When you look at Jack, the first thing you notice is his height, an asset that we believe will serve him well as a professional,” said Stewart in a statement. “He is a good passer who reads the game well.”

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

Twenty-five of the Union’s 34 games in 2017 will be featured on CSN and TCN, as Jim Curtin’s club vies for a second straight playoff berth.

Twenty matches will air on TCN, while five can be seen on CSN. The nine others will be appear across 6ABC, ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

The Union’s season opener on March 5 at the Vancouver Whitecaps will broadcast on TCN and the team’s home opener on March 11 against Toronto FC will air on CSN. The next three games — March 18 at Orlando City SC, April 1 at D.C. United and April 8 vs. the Portland Timbers — will be shown on TCN.

The Union are coming off an 11-14-9 season and their second-ever trip to the MLS playoffs in which they suffered a first-round exit to Toronto FC.

For the Union’s full 2017 schedule, click here.