- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 10, 2011
- 1 Comments
- Allocation Order, Designated Player, Freddy Adu
With the transfer window set to close next week, clubs are racing, and I mean racing, to get deals done here. I’ve seen today that Seattle is hoping to get some deal done while Chivas USA is hoping to land a much bigger fish..er…yeah.
Chivas is hoping to sign Freddy Adu as their club’s next Designated Player. Yes, I kid you not, that is what they want to do.
The LA-based club is hoping Adu is the final piece to the puzzle to help push this club into the playoffs and to help be a centerpiece for the club should they get their own stadium.
Adu currently has one year remaining on his contract with Benfica, but the club is said to be ready to let Adu walk away from his contract. Benfica had been loaning out Adu to various clubs throughout Europe since 2007.
Chivas had passed on Benny Feilhaber earlier this season in hopes that a bigger star would be coming back to the US to sign with MLS. Adu fits that bill for them and if he does end up getting a DP contact the club could possibly by-pass the Allocation System for signing Adu and remain the top club in the order.
If that is the case the club could go after another returning US player. Fox Soccer is suggesting Eddie Johnson.
I love this move for Chivas and Adu if it does take place. Chivas gets a creative player that they need in their midfield (and possible a solid striker if that Johnson thing would come to pass). Its a big gamble for both sides but for a young guy like Adu, it gets him the playing time he desperately needs. Plus it doesn’t hurt that LA is Jurgen Klinsmann’s backyard and all.