But being able to participate in the home opener more than made up for it.
Fred was psyched to be part of the first-ever Philadelphia Union home game last Saturday against D.C. United at Lincoln Financial Field. When he walked out of the tunnel, he was overwhelmed with the incredible support for Philadelphia Union.
“It was a great sight to see,” said the versatile midfielder from Brazil.
Fred missed the season opener at Seattle because of a one-game suspension stemming from a red card he got in the 92nd minute of D.C. United’s final regular season game against Kansas City last season.
Fred scored 11 goals in 72 career appearances for D.C. United over a span of three years and is now expected to continue being a big part of Philadelphia Union’s midfield equation.
When the final horn sounded and Philadelphia Union had ousted D.C. United, 3-2 in front of nearly 35,000 fans, Fred looked around in amazement as fireworks boomed through the stadium. He even stopped by the jubilant Sons of Ben to celebrate.
“We trained so hard for this game, and we gave it everything we had,” Fred said. “The Sons of Ben, well, we could hear them. That was great. I wanted to cheer with them. I liked the whole stadium and atmosphere with this game. It was fun.”
It’s always more fun when you win.
This club will surely have plenty of opportunities to score goals and win a number of games this season.
“I think we have a lot of talent,” Fred said. “I’m very happy to be a part of this franchise. I’m very excited.”
So are his teammates.
“I thought Fred played great,” said midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi. “He will have his chances to score all season. I thought he was so steady. He knows how to play, and he’s very knowledgeable. He is really going to help our club.”
Added goalkeeper Chris Seitz, “Fred was terrific. He was all over the place. He’s going to be a huge asset.”
The next chance for the club to perform will come Thursday at Toronto.
And Fred can’t wait.
Sitting out the season-opening game at Seattle was very difficult.
“This was fun,” Fred said. “I’m ready to play again tomorrow. I’m excited to be part of the club and to go to Toronto and hopefully get another win.”