WASHINGTON: American teenage sensation Freddy Adu reportedly will become the youngest athlete to play professional sports in the United States in more than a century.
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the 14-year-old Adu has signed a six-year contract with DC United of Major League Soccer (MLS) and will play for the team next season.
The team would not confirm the signing, but it is expected to be announced later.
Adu, whose family migrated to the US from Ghana in 1997, has been compared to football legend Pele despite his young age. Earlier this year, he signed a US$1mil endorsement deal with Nike.
Adu turns 15 in June, two months after the MLS season begins. Pitcher Fred Chapman was 14 years and seven months old when he made his major league debut in 1887.
Adu has worked out with DC United in recent years and is expected to join the team on a full-time basis after he graduates from high school in May.
Adu trains in Bradenton, Florida with the US Under-17 team and starred for that team in August in the Under-17 World Championship. – AFP