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Adu puts aside Philadelphia Union speculation to score vital penalty

Freddy Adu was able to put aside any speculation regarding his situation at Philadelphia Union by scoring a vital goal on the weekend.

The 23-year old attacker was being linked with a Union departure when he was left out of the line-up for last week's New York Red Bull clash but returned to action by scoring a penalty just prior to the hour-mark to allow his side to beat New England Revolution 2-1.

Adu stepped up to the spot with plenty of confidence when the Union were 1-0 down and admitted it was nice to be back contributing to the Philly cause whilst head coach John Hackworth was thrilled for his player after the untrue rumours.

"It feels good to be on the field, it really does," Adu said. "I know there was speculation but it's great to be with my teammates and great to be with my coaches. It's good to be out there and help the team win."

Hackworth added: "Freddy said, 'I wanted it,' and [Gabriel] Gómez looked over at me because he's really good at those, too, and I said, 'Let Freddy take it.'

"When a player's feeling it like that, you don't want to mess with that. It was great for him to put that in the back of the net."

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