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Philadelphia Union announce signing of ex-Melbourne, DC midfielder Fred

Brazilian midfielder Fred has completed his move back to Major League Soccer by re-signing with the Philadelphia Union.

The 34-year old has been acquired via an MLS waiver draft and will join the team pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Fred spent the 2010 season with the Union, making 25 appearances in their inaugural campaign, after joining from DC United via a loan with the Wellington Phoenix.

Since leaving Philly for a DC return in 2011, the former Melbourne Victory star has spent time with their A-League rivals Melbourne Heart - between 2011 and 2013 - before returning to PPL Park.

"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."

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