- The Washington Times - Friday, June 5, 2009

D.C. United midfielder Fred is finally putting his tough times behind him.

The Brazilian did all the hard work to set up Santino Quaranta’s game-winner as United downed the New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Thursday night before 11,226 at RFK Stadium to halt a five-game winless streak.

Jaime Moreno sealed the victory with a penalty kick in stoppage time.

“I’m happy to help on the goal because we really needed a win and to get the three points,” Fred said. “It’s been a long time since we won.”

Fred, who earned his first goal of the season in a 2-1 loss at the New England Revolution last week, has come under fire for missing a number of easy chances this season. But he has had to deal with personal distractions - his 54-year-old father was killed in a car crash in December, and last month his 11-year-old daughter underwent five hours of surgery to correct a cranial disorder.

United forward Luciano Emilio was red-carded in the 64th minute for an off-field incident after he had been taken out of the game.

In the 36th minute, Fred helped United take the lead after making a fine run. Emilio headed the ball into the path to Fred, who was overlapping on the right flank. Fred ran the ball to the byline before cutting the ball back into the 6-yard box, where the onrushing Quaranta tucked the ball past Conway from four yards out for his second goal of the season.

“Fred is a versatile player, and you never want to defend against him because you never know what he is going to do,” Soehn said.

Added Quaranta: “Fred did all the hard work. All I had to do was tap it in.”

After a string of four ties and a loss, United took the game to the Red Bulls.

Defender Bryan Namoff, who has made a habit of getting into the offensive action, had United’s first real shot on goal 15 minutes in, forcing Jon Conway to make a decent save. Chris Pontius then tested Conway with a fine shot that went just wide.

United goalie Josh Wicks, making his third consecutive start, came up with several fine saves, notably stopping a shot from Juan Pablo Angel late in the game to preserve the lead. He also did well just before the break stopping Danleigh Borman, who had only the goalie to beat.

United iced the win when Moreno, who came on for Emilio, converted a late penalty kick after Conway pulled down Christian Gomez. It was the Bolivian striker’s 126th goal, the most in MLS history.

“Every time you step on the field you have to do your job, and it was a good three points,” Moreno said.

Whether reacting to the substitution or anger at an official’s call, Emilio threw a water rack onto the field and was given a red card from referee Terry Vaughn. He is now suspended for the club’s next game.

“We have talked about it, and we will address it as team,” Soehn said.

United coach Tom Soehn made one change to the lineup that lost at New England on Saturday. Midfielder Andrew Jacobson sat on the bench, while forward Ange N’Silu earned his third start. For the first time this season, rookie Rodney Wallace moved from the left flank to a holding midfield position.

Fred played the first half in his favored position in the center of the midfield in place of Gomez, who was on the bench. Gomez came on for N’Silu after the break, and Fred moved back to the left flank.

United’s unbeaten streak at home remains intact after seven games, while New York dropped its third straight match.

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