By FRANCO PANIZO
After some uncertainty, the Philadelphia Union have landed the midfielder they were hoping to acquire.
The Union announced on Thursday that they have brought back Fred, the 34-year-old Brazilian who last played for the club during its inaugural season in 2010. Fred was acquired via an MLS waiver draft and will join Philadelphia upon the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
“We’re glad to have completed this signing and have Fred on our squad this year,” Union head coach John Hackworth said. “He spent the whole preseason with us and is already very familiar with our team, coaches and entire organization. With as much experience as he has in MLS and other leagues around the world, he adds quality veteran depth to our roster and is also going to be a strong addition to our locker room.”
In his lone season in Philadelphia, Fred scored four goals and had one assist in 25 appearances (24 starts). He most recently played for Australian club Melbourne Heart, and also has previously spent four seasons with D.C. United.
What do you think of the Union landing Fred? How deep do you consider Philadelphia’s midfield to be now? Think he will make an impact this season or will his age prevent him from contributing?
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