By RYAN TOLMICH
Dutch side AZ Alkmaar have enjoyed their fair share of success stories when it comes to utilizing American talent. With current U.S. Men’s National Team forwards Jozy Altidore and Aron Johannsson as products of the club, AZ are now looking towards its next possible American project.
AZ announced that they have brought in American forward Freddy Adu on a trial basis in what would be the 25-year-old’s third stop of 2014. Adu, who has trained with English side Blackpool and Norwgian side Stabæk this year, was welcomed to AZ by the club’s official Twitter account Sunday.
Adu has made nine official stops in the eleven years since he was signed by D.C. United as the youngest player in U.S. pro sports at the age of 14. The forward has made stops in the United States, Brazil, Portugal, France, Greece and Turkey while featuring 17 times for the U.S. Men’s National Team.
The 25-year-old’s latest stop will see him join AZ with fellow American Johannsson and former U.S. international Earnie Stewart, the club’s technical director. Altidore, who featured for the club from 2011-13, set the European goals record for an American with 31 goals in all competitions during his final season with the Dutch side.
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