Adu to continue with MLS

Updated: 26 July 2007 18:29 IST

Freddy Adu will be playing in Major League Soccer for at least a little while longer.

Adu to continue with MLS

Salt Lake City:

Freddy Adu will be playing in Major League Soccer for at least a little while longer.

Major League Soccer and Benfica reached an agreement on a $2 million transfer fee for the 18-year-old American, but Adu and the Portuguese club could not work out contract terms, a person familiar with the negotiations said on Tuesday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorised to speak publicly.

Deal could be done

FIFA's transfer deadline is Aug 31, meaning a deal still could be resurrected. Richard Motzkin, Adu's agent, declined comment.

Adu was to play for Real Salt Lake on Tuesday in a friendly against Boca Juniors after missing more than a month with his club while he captained the US team to the quarterfinals of the Under-20 World Cup.

RSL director of soccer operations John Ellinger, who has been coaching Adu since he was 12, said although the first round of negotiations fell through, talks with Benfica were not finished.

"I know Freddy has called his agent and said 'It's still open. Don't let this get off the table.' It's still a real possibility," Ellinger said on Tuesday.

"As a club, we're ecstatic to keep him and we're ecstatic for him if he gets a chance to play overseas. That's kind of how we feel about it."

Adu is in his first season with Real Salt Lake, which acquired him from DC United last year knowing that he would turn 18 this summer and become eligible under FIFA's rules to transfer outside his home country.

Adu has just one goal in 11 MLS games for RSL, which is a league-worst 1-6-8.



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