D.C. United has finalized Brazilian midfielder Fred’s free transfer to Melbourne Heart in Australia, the MLS club announced Monday night. As the Insider reported last week, he will remain with United until the international transfer window opens in mid-July.
“When we reacquired Fred earlier this year, we agreed in [principle] that we would let him go if he had an opportunity to sign abroad for a better contract,” General Manager Dave Kasper said in a written statement. “Fred has been nothing but a professional throughout his time at D.C. United and we have granted his request. The move will also free up significant salary as we look to improve our team during the upcoming transfer window.”
It will be Fred’s second tour in Melbourne, having played for Victory in 2006-07 before signing with United. He spent three years in Washington and was dealt to the Philadelphia Union before the 2010 season. Fred returned this spring and made 12 league appearances (five starts, one assist).
Fred’s younger brother, Junior Carreiro, is a reserve midfielder for United.