Orlando City sign Uruguayan midfielder César Araújo to three-year contract

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Courtesy of Leonardo Carreño

In a quiet offseason thus far for the Lions, Orlando City has made their first new move ahead of the 2022 MLS season, acquiring 20-year-old midfielder César Araújo from Montevideo Wanderers FC of Uruguay’s Liga Profesional de Primera División. The announcement, published on Friday, notes that the young midfielder will join the Lions as a part of MLS’s U22 Initiative, signing a three-year contract with a Club option in 2025. All of this is contingent of the receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC. 
 
“We’re very excited about bringing César to Orlando and having him suit up in purple,” said Orlando City EVP of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi. “He’s focused and energetic in the center and we expect that he’ll bolster and strengthen our midfield.”

Having only been a professional since July of 2019, Araújo has made 63 appearances for Montevideo’s first team, notching six assists to his name. Normally playing as a deep-lying midfielder, the Uruguayan has the potential of being the replacement for recently departed midfielder Uri Rosell.

Already at 20 years of age, Araújo was named Player of the Year this past season for Montevideo and also earned a nomination for the Premios AUF Best XI this season.

It was also announced on Friday that Araújo was named to the preliminary roster for the Uruguayan National Team as a result of his play this past season.


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