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Hey, did you forget about Freddy Adu? Well he's back after spending time in Brazil, Serbia and Finland. The former Philadelphia Union man once labeled the future Michael Jordan of American Soccer will be plying his trade for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in NASL, the second tier of U.S. soccer.
Adu last appeared for the USMNT in 2011, when he had a surprisingly great Gold Cup. A move to the Union followed, but Adu never quite fit in. He was pictured at a club at 2 a.m. the night before a game back in 2013, and never played for the club again after that incident.
If you still have hope that Adu -- now 26 -- can turn his career around and get back into the USMNT, you can catch his games on ESPN3.
In the news
Raheem Sterling is officially a Manchester City player. (Manchester City)
Tim Sherwood has revealed that an Aston Villa takeover bid has failed. (BBC)
Fenerbahce presented Robin van Persie this week, but they haven't actually signed him yet. (Guardian)
Jurgen Klinsmann has made three changes to the USMNT roster and sent Jozy Altidore home. (U.S. Soccer)
Real Madrid are experimenting with a 4-4-2 with Gareth Bale up top and Cristiano Ronaldo wide. (AS)
Mateo Kovacic says he wants to stay with Inter Milan. (Football Italia)
Chelsea actually plan to play Victor Moses next season. (Telegraph)
You should be reading
Bobby Warshaw on how CONCACAF presents a different challenge to big European sides for the USMNT. (Soccer Gods)
Alexander Shea on River Plate's fantasy that they can become the big club they used to be. (In Bed With Maradona)
Manuel Veth on Fabio Capello's sacking and what Russia need to do to get better. (Futbolgrad)
Fun with transfer rumors
The section in which nothing should be taken seriously. It's rumor season, so this section will be expanded, and as the summer rolls on, it will probably be bigger than the actual news section.
Manchester United have upped their offer for Sergio Ramos, but Madrid look unlikely to sell. (AS)
Their backup plan is Nicolas Otamendi, who wants his move sorted out quickly. (Mirror)
Chelsea will sell Juan Cuadrado to Juventus, but only if they get Pedro. (Football Italia)
Liverpool are back in for Christian Benteke. (Telegraph)
Angel Di Maria appears close to a PSG move. (Star)
United will take £43m cash, but they'd rather have Edinson Cavani in a swap deal. (Express)
Expect Southampton to sign Jordy Clasie. (Mail)
Jamaica beat El Salvador to win their Gold Cup group. That means the U.S. will avoid Costa Rica. (MLS)
Canada and Costa Rica played to a scoreless draw, knocking out Les Rouges. (MLS)
What to watch on Wednesday (click for listings, all times ET)
Gold Cup: Cuba vs. Guatemala (6 p.m.) - Amazingly, a meaningful game. Assuming Cuba can field a real team.
NWSL: 2 games (from 7 p.m.) - USWNT stars are probably still resting, but you might see one or two make a brief sub appearance.
Gold Cup: Mexico vs. T&T (8:30 p.m.) - Mexico needs to win to win the group.
Copa Lib: Internacional vs. Tigres (9 p.m.) - Sadly, two Tigres stars are riding Mexico's bench and will not play for either team on Wednesday night. The Liga MX side are trying to become the first from Mexico to win this competition.
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