Kaká joins Brazilian national team for FIFA World Cup qualifiers

The captain will once again represent his country on one of the biggest stages in soccer. On Thursday, Orlando City Soccer Club announced Ricardo Kaká was called up to the Brazilian national team for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay.

Brazil will face Uruguay on March 25 at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, at 8:45 p.m. EST, and will then play Paraguay on March 29 at Defensores del Chaco in Asunción, Paraguay at 8:45 p.m.

Fortunately for the Lions, Kaká will be absent during Major League Soccer’s two-week international break. He will return for a home match against the Portland Timbers on April 3.

Kaká has made 91 appearances for the Brazilian national team, playing in three FIFA World Cups and winning one in 2002. In total, he’s scored 29 goals for his country. His most recent appearance for Brazil was in November 2015 when he played in World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Venezuela.

In Orlando City’s inaugural season, the captain notched nine goals and seven assists. This preseason, Kaká maintained a dominant presence on the pitch, scoring four goals over a three-game stretch.

Rafael Ramos signs 2-year contract extension

On Thursday, Orlando City announced Rafael Ramos has signed a two-year option contract. League and club policies do not allow details of the agreement to be disclosed.

Ramos started 25 of his 26 appearances in last year’s inaugural MLS season. He helped the team to six clean sheets, and earned a spot on the MLS Team of the Week in the second match of the season after a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo.

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