At 20 years of age, Freddy Adu set personal career highs for the Men’s National Team in games played, games started, assists and goals in 2008. He also played a crucial role in the U.S. U-23’s trip to the Olympics, scoring four goals in three qualifying games, before eventually making two appearances during the group stage in Beijing. A veteran of four FIFA youth World Cups, Adu made the move to Europe in the summer of 2007, spending one season with SL Benfica in the Portuguese Liga. Prior to the start of the 2008-09 season, Adu embarked on a year-long loan move to France with AS Monaco. Still looking to find his feet in Europe, the technically gifted attacker enters 2009 looking to build on his progress with the national team.
- Scored his first goal for the U.S. with a trademark free kick in the final game of the semifinal round of FIFA World Cup qualifying against Guatemala
- A technically gifted attacker, Adu has played in three FIFA Under-20 World Cups, and is still age-eligible for a fourth
- Became the youngest player in Major League Soccer history, appearing in his first game on April 3, 2004 and scoring a goal on April 17, 2004 at age 14
- Was the first player to ever score a hat trick in both the FIFA Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups, with three goals against South Korea at the U-17 level in 2003, and three more against Poland with the Under-20s in 2007
- Became the youngest player ever capped with the Men’s National Team on Jan. 22, 2006, when he appeared as an 81st minute sub against Canada