Fredua Koranteng "Freddy" Adu (born June 2, 1989) is an American soccer player currently out of contract. Adu plays primarily as an attacking midfielder, but he is also used as a winger or forward.
At the age of 14, he became the youngest athlete ever to sign a professional contract in the United States, after he was selected by D.C. United in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft on January 16, 2004. Three months later, on April 3, 2004, he became the youngest player to appear in a Major League Soccer (MLS) game when he came on as a substitute in a game against the San Jose Earthquakes. Two weeks later, on April 17, he became the youngest scorer in MLS history, scoring a goal in a 3–2 loss to the MetroStars.
From even before the time of his signing with D.C. United, Adu was spoken of and treated as the future of United States soccer; even being referred to as "the next Pelé". However, he failed to live up to the expectations and after leaving D.C. United in 2006, has turned into a journeyman, playing for thirteen teams in eight different countries: the United States, Portugal, France, Greece, Turkey, Brazil, Serbia, and Finland.