CHICAGO — Freddy Adu has been selected to the U.S. roster for next month's Gold Cup as well as a June 4 exhibition against World Cup champion Spain, the first time in two years he's been selected.
The 21-year-old midfielder has struggled to fulfill the potential he showed when he joined D.C. United at age 14, being left off the World Cup team last summer. But he's gotten regular playing time at Rizespor in Turkey.
U.S. coach Bob Bradley's 23-man roster is heavy on veterans, including Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore and captain Carlos Bocanegra. He also chose up-and-comers Juan Agudelo, Eric Lichaj and Tim Ream for the all-important Gold Cup, soccer's championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean.
The Americans, defending Gold Cup champions, open group play against Canada on June 7 in Detroit.