3.08.2007

Freddy Out, Fred In

According to everyone's favorite Washington Post sportswriter Steven Goff, the deal is done: Fred will be in a D.C. United uniform this season. The team is waiting for Fred to get international clearance and a work visa before they officially announce the signing, but it could be announced next week, a source close to the negotiations said.

Fred's deal will be for four seasons and he will reportedly earn $150,000 in 2007. United plan to play him as a right-side attacking player. Fred helped the A-League's Melbourne Victory claim the Australian championship last month.

United surprisingly shipped away one of the league's stars in Freddy Adu, but with the lineup they are assembling, people in D.C. will be saying, "Freddy A-Who?"

My take: D.C. United clearly has the global scouting thing down and has come up big this off-season. Without using their DP, they have secured two international playmakers - Fred and Luciano Emilio. Everyone else will be playing catch-up in the Eastern Conference to these guys this season. Good signing for D.C., good signing for MLS.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, what a class act. Goes on holiday to Brazil out of contract, team does the right thing by letting him go & a bunch of Yank wankers grab his signature...classy, very classy!

Anonymous said...

Looks like DC United will be winning a treble this year!

Anonymous said...

Thats just typical, you Yankee Doodles........ I HOPE YOU LOSE THIS YEAR

Anonymous said...

Class acts abound. Thanks, Bruce. Welcome to economics 101. Perhaps you should have shown him the money?

Anonymous said...

What a curse. DC United, pretty rough scouting. Sincerely hope everything goes wrong for you this year. Cheap results for cheap clubs. Where was the courtesy? And yea, Fred's good, but not that good, so good luck.

Anonymous said...

The MLS is a failure and you guys know it. The only reason MLS teams buy players from overseas like Beckham and Fred is that they need a spark to get some money for once. Expect Fred to find himself very unhappy at DC because you guys will end up at the bottom of the ladder. Good Luck Arseholes

Anonymous said...

you kangaroo shagging morons do know that DC is traditionally the top team in MLS. they won't be anywhere near the bottom

Anonymous said...

LOL at the comment implying that signing Fred is some sort of publicity stunt.

Some delusional Aussies around here.

nick - big soccer said...

Good grief, you would think DC United murdered the guy rather than sign him to a contract.

Welcome to the International game. Signing players who are out of contract and/or are from another League happens everyday.

This signing tells me the A-league's visibility is increasing and for any Salary Capped League like MLS/A-League you are going to lose good players to teams and Leagues that pay more. It is after all "Professional Football"...

Aussie Football Fan said...

Welcome to the world of modern football, where loyalty is a forgotten word and the all mighty dollar rules.

Australian football fans should get used to these kind of things happening - although, you can't help but have a bitter taste left in your mouth when it does.