USL side Bethlehem Steel FC have announced the signing of Philidelphia Union defender Fred Carreiro as a player and as an assistant coach ahead of the club’s 2016 inaugural season.

 Bethlehem Steel FC head boss Brendan Burke commented on acquiring the Brazilian.

Fred brings with him the playing experience that will help mentor the younger players as they encounter challenges and opportunities. It is a unique role that will enable Fred to guide the team through example and make us stronger as we continue to develop throughout the season.

The 37-year-old began his career with Brazilian side Olympic Club, where he appeared in ten matches, netting a total of nine goals. The Brazilian attacking midfielder went on to spend time with three other Brazilian clubs: Tupi, America, and Guarani.

In 2006, Fred went on to join Australian side Melbourne Victory, where he played in 20 matches before joining MLS side DC United in 2007. The 37-year-old spent two seasons in DC, appearing in 72 matches. After two seasons with United, Fred made his first appearance with the Philidelphia.

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The Brazilian played in 25 matches (24 starts), totaling 1,913 minutes of game time. Following 2010, Fred went back to DC United, then Australia to play with the Melbourne Hearts, before coming back to Philidelphia in 2014.

During the seven years Fred played in the MLS, the Brazilian appeared in a total of 131 games (92 starts) and accumulated 8,144 minutes. He scored 16 goals and provided 18 assists. The 37-year-old was a part of the D.C. United side that won the 2007 Supporters’ Shield and the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

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Bethlehem Steel FC kick off their inaugural season this Friday, March 25 at 7 p.m. E.T. at FC Montreal, where Steel fans should hope to see the Brazilian veteran make an appearance.

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