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Philadelphia Union's Hackworth urges Adu to drop salary

Philadelphia Union head coach John Hackworth has implored Freddy Adu to decrease his wages otherwise he will not be back at the club this year.

The 23-year old forward has chosen to go around again as Philly's Designated Player but Hackworth says the club does not want to pay him the massive wage that type of contract demands.

"Basically what happened was we presented Freddy with a couple of scenarios that we would feel comfortable with bringing him back," said Hackworth.

"Freddy came back and said, 'Hey I'm going to stick with my current situation and play under the current [contract].'

"We made it very clear that was his choice and he has that option. He's under contract with us. But if he made that choice, then he wasn't going to be coming back as part of the team."

Hackworth added that the plan was to sell Adu to a club where he can go on to have a fruitful career.

"We're trying to make sure we find a solution that's good for the Philadelphia Union and good for Freddy," Hackworth added. "We want him to go on and have a very successful career. He's only 23 years old. He's got a lot in front of him."

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