Chester, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Union have acquired Brazilian
international Jose Kleberson on loan from Esporte Clube Bahia, the club
announced on Monday.
Additionally, Philadelphia reached a contract termination agreement on Monday
with mercurial forward Freddy Adu, allowing the 23-year-old to sign with
"We're excited to have a player with his kind of experience join an already
talented roster," manager John Hackworth said. "Kleberson has had success at
the world's highest level of competition -- both on a club and international
level -- and we hope he can add another dimension to our team."
Kleberson, 33, featured on Brazil's 2002 World Cup-winning roster and has also
seen time on Brazil squads that claimed the 2004 Copa America and 2009
As a 23-year-old, Kleberson gained global recognition as he helped lead Brazil
to a record fifth FIFA World Cup title, starting in the 2002 World Cup Final
against Germany and assisting in the 79th minute on Ronaldo's second goal to
help his country clinch a 2-0 victory. His performance that summer led to
Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson signing the Brazilian on a
permanent transfer to the English giants.
Philadelphia officially parts ways with Adu after several weeks of speculation
as to where the former child prodigy would land after Hackworth announced in
preseason that Adu was not part of the Union's plans this season.
"We would like to thank Freddy Adu for his service to the Union over the past
two years and wish him the best of luck as he continues his career in Brazil,"
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