Union announce Kleberson loan, part ways with Adu

The Philadelphia Union announced on Monday afternoon the acquisition of Brazilian international José Kléberson on loan from Esporte Clube Bahia.

The date of Kleberson’s arrival with the Union was not included in the announcement. Kleberson, who will be a Designated Player, “will join the team pending reception of his U.S. P-1 Visa, International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and a medical examination.” As always, the terms of the Kleberson loan were not announced, but reports from Brazil suggest the loan will run through the end of the 2013 season.

John Hackworth said of Kleberson, “We’re excited to have a player with his kind of experience join an already talented roster. Kléberson 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.”

The Union announcement also stated, “Additionally, the Union have reached a contract termination by mutual consent with Freddy Adu, who has subsequently signed with Bahia.”

On Sunday, a photo was posted on Adu’s Instagram account showing him signing papers with the comment “New Journey!” A report from esporte.uol describes Adu as signing a “a kind of pre-contract” (crappy Google translation here).

A report from Globoesporte says that Adu will need to receive his Brazilian work visa and international transfer certificate before he can officially sign with the club ahead of the closing of the transfer window on April 5 (crappy Google translation here). According to the report, Bahia will send a representative to the Brazilian capital of Brasila to help expedite the process.

Radioarenadeportes reports, “The goal is for the contract to be signed on Tuesday, April 2” (crappy Google translation here).

John Hackworth said in the Union announcement, “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.”





  1. Sweet! Dudes still a 75 in FIFA 13!

  2. Welcome to Philadelphia, Kleberson. It’s known as a tough sports town, but to be warmly embraced here, all you really have to do is bust your rear and give it your all. You don’t really have to be in top form or at the peak of your abilities as long as you’re gutsy and leave everything on the field. If not, well, look at how it went here for the guy who’s heading to your previous club.

  3. First off, I’m amazed the front office actually did a great job with this deal. Cutting ties completely with Adu, while getting Kleberson on loan with little risk is brilliant.
    I’m actually excited to see what Kleberson can bring to the team. It seems like the team has been trying to find the right player to pair with Carroll for the past couple of years. Both Gomez (too slow for a box to box role) and Lahoud (little offensive support) haven’t worked out. Kleberson should be a box to box guy that can link to the attack, while providing support for the defense. The move also allows Marfan to return to the right where he’s more comfortable. And if it doesn’t work out, he’s gone at the end of the season.

  4. OneManWolfpack says:

    I don’t know much about him, but I am excited to see what he brings. Maybe we got the DP thing right this time.

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