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Fro Adu signs to play with George Mason.

Fro Adu
Fro Adu will take his talents to George Mason University
-- George Mason University web site photo --
FAIRFAX, Va. (Monday, February 26, 2007) -- Fro Adu will never be able to match the incredible hype his brother Freddy's soccer career attracted, but he is going to accomplish something his brother didn't -- obtaining a college education.

Fro, 15, is a defender and will attend George Mason in the fall after signing a national letter-of-intent today.

"Fro has excellent athletic ability, soccer intelligence and is a great fit for Mason's style of play," GMU coach Greg Andrulis said. "Although Fro has accomplished so much at a young age, the encouraging thing is that we feel he has just begun to reach his true potential. We expect Fro to make an immediate impact on Mason's soccer program."

Freddy, an attacker, gained international notoriety three years ago when he signed a professional contract with Major League Soccer and D.C. United at age 14. The media scrutiny was intense then and remains considerable.

Freddy has represented the United States internationally at the under-17 and under-20 levels and played once for the full national team. He has never played in an "official" match -- one in a major competition -- for the Americans, therefore is still eligible to represent Ghana, his and Fro's native land, at that level.

After three seasons with United, Freddy was recently traded to Real Salt Lake.

Fro, who began with the U.S. under-15s, played twice internationally -- starting once -- for the under-17 team in 2005. While loosely being considered as part of the under-17 pool, he never has particiapted in the residency program for that age group and is not among the players being considered by coach John Hackworth for the Under-17 Men's World Cup that runs August 18 to September 9 in South Korea

Fro attends Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Md. where he has played for four years, serving as team captain as a junior and co-captain last fall.

"Fro comes to Mason as someone who possesses a good combination of talent and character," Andrulis said. "He is a winner who exudes confidence in a positive and influential manner. Fro is a natural leader and is the type of player who makes the athletes around him better."

Fro was also a member of the Potomac Cougars who won Maryland State Cups at the under-15 and U-16 levels in 2003 and 2004. "Fro is a very accomplished person," Andrulis said. "His outstanding credentials as a soccer player are mirrored by his excellent academic record and tremendous interpersonal relationship skills."

Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.

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