Orlando Pride Sign Camila Martins Pereira Ahead of 2017 Season


The Orlando Pride add to their back-line with a new signing. On Monday, the club announced the signing of Brazilian defender Camila Martins Pereira ahead of the club’s second National Women’s Soccer League season.

“Camila is exactly the type of player we are looking to bring to the Pride,” Pride head coach Tom Sermanni said, per the release. “She is a young, dynamic and versatile player who we believe will be a valuable asset to our team. We’re excited to bring someone with her skill and potential to the club.”

Last season, Camila (as she is commonly known) played for Brazilian club Tiradentes. In 2015, she played for the Houston Dash, recording six starts in 12 matches.

“I am really happy to become a member of the Pride family,” Camila said, per the release. “As soon as Orlando was announced as an expansion team, I knew I wanted to become a part of it and the wonderful city. I know the team is still young, but I hope that I can help bring a championship to both the club and the fans. I look forward to helping the Pride in any way I can, inside and outside the lines.”

The 22-year-old also has international experience. She played for Brazil’s U-20 team in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, playing 180 minutes in three starts.

Orlando will play its 2017 season in the new, soccer-specific stadium in downtown Orlando.