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Flown The Nest: United First Team Alumni News and Notes

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Dejan Jakovic and Andy Najar enjoy differing fortunes with Shimizu S-Pulse and Anderlecht respectively, Freddy Adu buys a watch and more!

Another weekly roundup of alumni news is here, as seasons in Europe come to a close while others are picking up steam, especially in Japan's J League.

Dejan Jakovic and Shimizu S-Pulse ride four-game winning streak

After some initial struggles, Shimizu S-Pulse of the J League in Japan have hit some scintillating form, recording four wins in a row as they surge up the league table.

The Freddy Award, for the biggest story of D.C. United's 2013 season.

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Which story D.C. United's 2013 season most resonated with the fanbase? Let's find out!

The Benny Awards continue, with today's award named after one of the most infamous members of D.C. United: Freddy Adu. You all know the story of the "next Pele" who signed with MLS when he was 14 and since then has appeared on 9 different teams in the next 10 years.

Philadelphia Union

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo

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After a mid-week disappointing loss to New York Red Bulls, the Philadelphia Union play host to another team off to a disappointing start, Houston Dynamo.

PPL Park, Chester, PA
April 19, 2014
4:00 PM ET
TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: Dynamo Theory
Starting XI
Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Mwanga Forward Brian Ching, Calen Carr
Michael Farfan, Brian Carroll, Stefani Miglioranzi, Justin Mapp Midfield Danny Cruz, Adam Moffat, Luiz Camargo, Brad Davis
Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan Defense Andre Hainault, Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron, Corey Ashe
Faryd Mondragon Goalkeeper Tally Hall
Zac MacMath, Roger Torres, Freddy Adu, Kyle Nakazawa, Amobi Okugo, Jack McInerney, Morgan Langley Bench Je-Vaughn Watson, Will Bruin, Carlo Costly, Colin Clark, Hunter Freeman, Jermaine Taylor, Tyler Deric
Stats (Explained Here)

Union top Impact on PKs, BC on new mids, Chipotle, MLS & USMNT news, more

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The Union defeated Montreal on Saturday in their final preseason game. More Union news. Final preseason games results. USMNT news. Much more.

Quotes from Toronto draw, Blake call-up, preseason games roundup, more

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Hackworth counsels "perspective" after scoreless preseason draw with Toronto. Andre Blake called up by Jamaica. MLS preseason games roundup. More news.

Fernandes levels Union with Orlando again, Maidana on joining the Union, more

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Union come-from-behind for 1-1 draw with Orlando. Maidana on coming to MLS. Preseason tournament news and results. More news.

Edu on joining the Union, Cesar unveiled, league news, Adu’s WC hopes, more

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Maurice Edu talks about why he joined the Union. Julio Cesar signing about "an opportunity." Adu hopes to make US World Cup squad. More news.

10 Reasons to Love the Union this Valentines Day

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On this day dedicated to love, here are some reasons to love the Union. Let us know what yours are

It's Valentines Day and in the interest of spreading amor across the Unionverse, we wanted to give you 10 reasons to love the Union.

10. Conor Fu#%!ng Casey

Part man, part beast, 100% all beef patty.

Jack draws first blood, on the CB options, Philly confirmed for summer tournament date, more

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Jack McInerney scored in Union's 1-1 draw with New England. Looking at the center back options. Union face NYRB in JAX. Philly hosting Guinness Cup summer tournament game. More news.

Scrimmage today, Hack on preseason building blocks, Milan v Liverpool in Philly, more

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Union scrimmage New England today in Florida. Hack explains the preseason training plan. IS Philly hosting AC Milan vs Liverpool on July 30? More news.

Much Edu: Will the "E" Make a Difference?

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Maurice Edu is drawing obvious comparisons to the Union's previous DP Freddy Adu, but will there be a difference besides the first letter of their last name?

The Philadelphia Union has had plenty to do this offseason and they have responded (albeit with much delay) to those tasks. It was their duty to fix the midfield and they have done just that, adding a mini blockbuster of their own in Maurice Edu.

MOtownPhilly! Edu reaction, Union & league news, more

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Reaction to Edu loan. White is settling in. Maidana expected to arrive later this week. Rising expectations. Hershey's Pulisic impresses. More news.

New preseason home for the Union? Drexel, Penn claim conference titles, local high schools win states

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Report says partnership between Union and Deltona "appears likely" to be ending. Drexel and Penn claim conference championship. Area high schools are state champs. AI releases damning report on working conditions in Qatar. More.

John Hackworth lays out his postseason plans

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Union manager John Hackworth laid out his offseason plan to PSP, breaking down his team's offseason needs, which players are returning (or not), designated player prospects, recent scouting trips to Europe and South America, and plans to fix the midfield.

A Union rumor (finally), Adu out at Bahia, Western Final set, TV ratings tumble, more

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Agent connects Union with interest in Dani Cuevas and Benji Joya. Bahia to release Freddy Adu at end of season. Its RSL and Portland in Western Conference finals. MLS TV ratings drop. More news.

“It’s going to be war” — News & previews ahead of big Montreal game, Saint Zusi, USWNT friendly, more

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Amobi Okugo says of Saturday's game in Montreal, "It's going to be war." News and previews ahead of the big game. MOF says Panama wanted US to go easy on them. USWNT friendly on Sunday. More news.

Hero for a day: Kleberson emerges from shadows

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That the highest paid Union player may have saved the season with one kick is only remarkable if you know the whole story.

United States Men's National Team

Adu and Green; Not One in The Same

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Julian Green's long-awaited arrival to the United States men's national team is here. Green made his debut in a friendly against Mexico on Tuesday night when he came on in the 60th minute. His performance wasn't great or awful, but certainly left something to be desired. Green missed on a couple passes into the midfield, and his slip and fall is what eventually led to Mexico's second goal.

Union face TFC today, Berry says joining Union “a good move,” Hack’s Twitter session, more news

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Austin Berry on joining the Union. Quotes from John Hackworth's Twitter session. Union face Toronto today. USMNT-Ukraine friendly moved. More.

Freddy Adu’s story a cautionary tale to consider when talking Julian Green

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It may have just been a coincidence, but the fact that Freddy Adu's first public comments in months came out on the same day that Julian Green sent the U.S. Men's National Team fan base buzzing by agreeing to train with the USMNT seemed to suggest that there was a lesson to be considered.

Reaction to Nogueira deal, 3-man midfield, Pfeffer & Ribeiro impressing, much more.

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Reaction to Nogueira deal. Hack on 3-man midfield plan. Reports on Casey, MacMath, Pfeffer, and Ribeiro in camp. League news. US friendlies. More.

Jack McInerney

Injury concerns, Greece-Nigeria WC warmup at PPL, Hack on HCI as development partner, more

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News from Thursday's weekly press conference. PPL Park to host World Cup warm-up game. The Union-City Islanders partnership. USMNT roster. More news.

Hack: “We need somebody to step up.” UEFA supports winter move for 2022, more news

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Hackworth says "gun-shy" Union needs someone to step up. UEFA ready to support winter move for 2022 World Cup. Blatter admits politics played part in awarding 2022 World Cup to Qatar. More.

Major League Soccer

Freedom Kicks for 27 February 2014: TV Rights, Freddy Adu, and Matias Laba

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In today's Freedom Kicks, we talk about ESPN and Fox's joint bid, Freddy Adu, Matias Laba, and so much more.

The morning after a stop-start viewing of the Carolina Challenge Cup and the Coffee Pot Cup (all in one game!), let's see what is going on in the rest of the soccer world.

ESPN, Fox Still Negotiating Joint Bid For MLS, U.

Is Fagundez the best teenager to ever play in MLS?

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As the 2014 MLS season approaches, New England Revolution star Diego Fagundez prepares to play the final season of his teens, and he stands to shatter every record the league has for production by a player in their teenage years.

His outstanding 2013 season, which saw him register 13 goals and seven assists, is the best season put together by a teenager in league history, which raises the question.

WATCH An Interview With Freddy Adu Reflecting On 10 Years Since His MLS Debut [VIDEO]

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Ten years after bursting on to the scene in Major League Soccer, Freddy Adu is now training and on trial with Blackpool in the Skybet Championship.

"I love football in England. In America, all we watch is football in England. It'd be a dream come true to play here some day. I don't know when that'll be, but I'll do whatever it takes to make that happen.

Freedom Kicks - D.C. United links for Friday, January 31st

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Plenty of soccer news today. LeBron James talks MLS, new jerseys for SJE and we have located Freddy Adu.

It's still cold. Grab some coffee, warm up and start clicking away on links from around the world of soccer.

Back in MLS, Michael Parkhurst’s outlook brightens for club, country | Planet Futbol | SI.

Americans Abroad

Report: Adu not offered contract at Blackpool

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Freddy Adu's bid to join a new club in 2014 has suffered a setback.

After spending the last three weeks training with English League Championship side Blackpool, Adu was not offered a contract to play with the team for the rest of the season, according to the Blackpool Gazette.

Adu opens up about his career, still holding out hope for World Cup

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Freddy Adu has seen his career hit another state of limbo, with a training stint at League Championship side Blackpool the newest development in his roller coaster career.

In a recent interview with the club, Adu opened up about the state of his career, his aspirations, and he even revealed that he hasn't given up hope on the World Cup.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Before departing for his second U.S. Men's National Team camp, Aron Johannsson will be going through quite a busy weekend.

After having played 59 minutes in AZ Alkmaar's Europa League qualifier vs. Astromitos on Thursday, Johannsson is likely to play twice more in a span of three days due to some unusual circumstances.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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Nearly a month after suffering a knee injury that initially looked to threaten his season, Brek Shea made his Stoke City return on Wednesday.

Shea started for the Potters in their 3-1 victory over Walsall in the Capital One Cup, starting and playing 45 minutes in the match played at Britannia Stadium.


United Abroad: Alumni News & Notes for November 2013

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Revs decline Davies' option, Bahia not keeping Adu around, and DeRo may consider playing outside of MLS in 2014.

Three things are certain in life: death, taxes, and Freddy Adu being featured in United Abroad every month. Let's get to what happened to with our alumni in Novemeber.

Revolution decline option on Davies

The New England Revolution have declined the 2014 option on Charlies Davies' contract.

Bahia will not extend Freddy Adu's contract

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Yesterday, reports surfaced that the Brazilian club Bahia will not keep former D.C. United striker Freddy Adu around when contract expires in December making him a free agent once again.

Bahia's director of football told Lance!Net this in regard to Adu:

"He does not play because there are others who are superior.

The Rest

NASL commish open to idea of Adu move to Silverbacks

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As far as players who resonate in American soccer go, few can match up to Freddy Adu and that is why NASL commissioner Bill Peterson is not against the idea of seeing the youngster playing in North America's second division.

Peterson touched on the topic of Adu potentially joining NASL on Thursday in the wake of comments made by Atlanta Silverbacks head coach Eric Wynalda to SI.

Paid Their Dues: Freddy Adu Training with Blackpool

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Adu is practicing with Blackpool, Mondragon grabs some more silverware, and Oka and Kai get new deals.

Per Pete O'Rourke of Sky Sports, Freddy Adu is training with Blackpool of The Championship, England's second division. This Daily Mail story published a few hours after that tweet got many Blackpool fans down from the ledge.

Paid Their Dues: La Equidad Signs Lio Pajoy

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Some team in Colombia signed Lionard Pajoy for reasons that will forever remain unknown.

Lionard Pajoy has signed with La Equidad of Colombia. They begin their season on Friday. Freddy Adu and Carlos Ruiz are still without a team. Now, all three of these players are terrible, but at least Adu and Ruiz have done things in their careers.

Your World Cup 2014 USMNT Jersey Buyer’s Guide

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It's that critical time for US fans.

No, not the draw.

Not the World Cup either, more important. Like the opposite of January Camp important.

It's time to decide whose US jersey you are going to rock for the foreseeable future, the one that will give you soccer cred at the bar (Wow, he must read TSG is what everyone will be thinking) and if you are lucky enough to be headed to Brazil, to rock with pride as you support America.

Paid Their Dues: Bahia Cut Adu

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Freddy Adu and his denim vests must now find a new home. Lance!Net in Brazil are reporting that Esporte Clube Bahia will not renew Adu's contract, which is set to expire at the end of the year. Since joining the Brazilian club back in April, Adu hasn't even donned that tricolored jersey for a total of an hour.

You Know You’re Addicted to Football Manager When…

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Paid Their Dues: Farfan Returns To Action

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Gabriel Farfan played ten minutes in Chivas' loss to Seattle on Wednesday, seeing his first game action since August 11th, when he was red carded and subsequently suspended for a challenge on Colorado's Shane O'Neill.

Freddy Adu wasn't in the team as Bahia lost to Cruzeiro by a score of 3-1 at home.