D.C. United's Brazilian midfielder Fred
left the nation's capital to play on loan for Wellington Phoenix of the Australian A-League over the winter. But his
spell in New Zealand was cut short after just three games when he received news that his father, Ilson
, had been killed in a car accident.
"My dad taught me how to play soccer, but not only that, he taught me how to be a good man and to always be good in life," Fred told Steven Goff
return to the U.S. after six weeks with his family in his native city of Belo Horizonte. "Those are the things I will always have with me."
United forward and compatriot Luciano Emilio
in Brazil several times after his 8,400-mile return journey home via Auckland, Buenos Aires and
Rio. "It was obviously very difficult for him," Emilio said. "It takes time, but now he is better. He is happy." With Christian Gomez
returning to the team
in place of Ivan Guerrero
, Fred should be starting again in his favored position on the left-side of midfield. "I am always trying to stay busy so I don't
think about my father too much," he said. "He wouldn't want me to lose my concentration on my career. He would want me to focus and do well. Knowing that gives me the strength to play."
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