The Washington Post

Brazilian midfielder Fred to leave D.C. United and return to Australian league with Melbourne Heart

D.C. United has granted Brazilian midfielder Fred’s request to move to Australian club Melbourne Heart, sources close to the situation said Friday. He will remain with United until the international transfer window opens in mid-July.

Club officials declined to comment on Australian reports that a free transfer was in the works. However, sources confirmed to the Insider that the deal is in the process of being completed, ending his second stint in Washington.

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Fred, who turns 32 in August, has appeared in 11 of 13 regular season matches with five starts and one assist. He started the past two matches.

His departure clears salary cap space for United, which also waived defender Rodrigo Brasesco this week and plans to be active in the summer signing period. Fred’s base salary is $150,000, eighth highest on the roster.

Fred starred for Melbourne Victory before signing with United in 2007. He had seven goals and eight assists in his MLS debut season but a total of six and eight over the next two years. Last year, he started 24 games for the expansion Philadelphia Union.

United signed him in February, with a condition that it would let him go if a foreign club expressed interest and offered him a larger salary.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.


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