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Philly.com’s Jonathan Tannenwald is reporting that according to multiple sources, Philadelphia Union’s coaching staff have decided Freddy Adu has played his final match in Philadelphia.
After being left at home for the team’s midweek defeat in Kansas City, Adu was again absent from the matchday lineup card against New York Red Bulls, prompting Tannenwald’s piece.
Tannenwald names none of his sources in the report. Philadelphia Union has offered no official comment.
Adu, 23, is not in the 18 for Saturday afternoon’s home match against New York, and he did not travel to Kansas City for Wednesday’s 2-1 loss there.
Adu is the Union’s highest paid player at $400,000 in annual base salary with bonuses that bring his average annual haul to $519,000, about one-fifth of the team’s salary budget. There has been a great deal of speculation that Union manager John Hackworth would cut Adu loose at season’s end due to Adu’s failure to produce at a level consistent with that salary.
He has 5 goals and 1 assist in 24 games this season. He joined the team in August 2011.