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The former Manchester United trialist has not become the star that was once predicted.

Freddy Adu's precocious talent saw him dubbed ‘the next Pele’ by many pundits after outstanding performances for the US youth teams where he scored 37 goals in 59 games across three age groups.

Yet his career has not hit anything near the heights once predicted of him.

His career started to unravel following a trade to Real Salt Lake from DC United which was to be short-lived as he finally decided the time had come to have a crack at European football with a shock switch to Portuguese side Benfica. He struggled with niggling injuries while in Portugal and has gone on to play for the likes of AS Monaco, Belenenses, Aris, Caykur Rizespor, Philadelphia Union, Bahia and Jagodina in countries likes Greece, Turkey, Brazil and Serbia.

Now, the player who once had a trial at Manchester United, has a new team.

Finnish outfit Kuopion Palloseura, also known as KuPS have snapped him up. The 25-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the club, as announced on their official website this afternoon.

He joins fellow US player Stephen McCarthy at the club who finished seventh in the Veikausliiga last season and will now have hopes of pushing higher up the table when the new season starts this spring.

Not exactly the heavy heights once predicted of the American star, whose story continues to be the warning to all the 'wonderkids' out there regarding their futures.

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