MLS veteran Fred appears to be entertaining different career options instead of signing with the New England Revolution, the team that drafted him during last month’s Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft.
Revs officials have confirmed that the 31-year-old Brazilian is currently “pursuing other opportunities abroad” after he appeared in 25 games last season for the expansion Philadelphia Union. New England picked Fred with the only selection of the second round of Stage 2 on Dec. 15, with an eye on potentially bringing in a playmaker to a team that missed the postseason last year for the first time since 2001.
Originally from Belo Horizonte, Fred spent a decade playing in his native Brazil and Australia before joining D.C. United in 2007. He appeared in 72 games for United before he was dealt to the Union, where he scored four goals and was a vital veteran presence during the team’s first season in MLS.
The Revolution also selected former Houston Dynamo defender Ryan Cochrane with their first pick in Stage 2 of the Re-Enrty Draft, and signed the 27-year-old soon after.