ORLANDO, Fla – Orlando City SC captain Kaká has been called up to the Brazilian National Team for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay, the Club announced today. City’s playmaker and Brazil will face Uruguay on March 25 at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, at 8:45 p.m. ET, before taking on Paraguay on March 29 at Defensores del Chaco in Asunción, Paraguay at 8:45 p.m. ET.
The Lions’ attacking midfielder will represent his home nation during the Lions’ two-week Major League Soccer (MLS) break and will return for the home match against the Portland Timbers on April 3. Throughout his professional career, Kaká has received 91 caps for the Seleçao, playing in three FIFA World Cups and winning a World Cup title in 2002, scoring 29 goals. Most recently, City’s ‘10’ was called up for Brazil’s previous World Cup Qualifiers in November 2015 for the fixtures against Peru and Venezuela.
Kaká played a crucial role in Orlando City’s inaugural campaign, starting 28 matches in 28 appearances. The Lions’ captain recorded nine goals while also notching seven assists. In 2016, the Brazilian has continued his dominant performances as the team prepares for its second MLS campaign, registering four goals and four assists in four preseason games played.
About Orlando City Soccer Club:
With three major professional teams, Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) has established itself as one of the preeminent Clubs in professional soccer.
One of the leading teams in Major League Soccer (MLS), and the most-searched team in 2015 MLS team in 2015 according to Google, the Lions have developed a rich history and passionate following since starting in the USL in 2011. In their inaugural MLS season, Orlando City set a league attendance record for an expansion team, drawing an average of 32,847 fans per home game – including 62,500 in the home opener – and became the fastest team in MLS history to host a half million fans. Orlando City has not only captured the passion of soccer fans in the City Beautiful, it continues to build its global brand as its matches are broadcast in 140 countries and in 30 languages.
The Orlando Pride, OCSC’s National Women’s Soccer League franchise, will begin league play in 2016 – bringing professional women’s soccer to Orlando for the first time. The team is led by renowned Head Coach Tom Sermanni, former manager for the Australian and U.S. women’s national teams.
Orlando City B (OCB) participates in the USL beginning in the 2016 season. The team plays its home matches at Titan Soccer Complex on the campus of Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Fla. OCB continues the Club’s rich history in the rapidly growing league. From 2011 to 2014, Orlando City set the U.S. record for best start of any professional soccer club in its first 100 USL matches (66-12-22), winning three regular season titles and two postseason championships.
OCSC also has a youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS). Lastly, the Orlando City Foundation is active in the community year round, promoting health and wellness in children throughout the region, and raising funds for and volunteering time for various local organizations.