5 things you didn’t know about Orlando Pride’s Camila

With Ali Krieger arriving way over a month ago now, Orlando Pride secured their second signing of the off-season yesterday when Camila was added to Tom Sermanni‘s roster.

Capable of playing at both right back and left back, the 22-year-old Brazilian already boasts NWSL experience having played for Houston Dash in 2015.

Krieger and now Camila’s arrivals have boosted Sermanni’s options at full back with Steph Catley currently back in the Westfield W-League with Melbourne City.

While Orlando Pride are still able to re-negotiate a contract for experienced Australian international Catley, Camila‘s signature adequately covers the full back area for now.

Delighted with the capture, Orlando Pride head coach Tom Sermanni claimed: “Camila is exactly the type of player we are looking to bring to the Pride.

“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.”

So as Camila embarks on a new chapter in her career at Orlando City Stadium, Orlando City UK have devised a list of FIVE things you didn’t know about our new Brazilian signing.

She’s already made 12 NWSL appearances

Despite still only being 22-years-old, Camila has already sampled football outside her native Brazil.

On Houston Dash’s roster back in 2015, Camila boasts NWSL experience which would’ve proved a big draw in Tom Sermanni‘s decision to sign her.

Making 12 appearances that season, six of Camila‘s outings were starts while she racked up seven shots for the campaign.

Dash are a team that finished a place higher than Orlando Pride last season so hopefully Camila can let Sermanni in on some team secrets when facing the Texan side in 2017.

She performed at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

Camila boasts tournament experience having been a part of As Canarinhas‘ squad that competed at the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Camila started all three of Brazil’s group stage games in a disappointing campaign whereby Dorival Bueno’s squad were eliminated after finishing bottom with a single point.

In the second Group B game, Camila actually faced the United States who finished second behind table toppers Germany.

She made her senior debut at just 18-years-old 

Upon signing for Houston Dash back in May 2015, Dash head coach Randy Waldrum claimed Camila was an “an up-and-coming star” who could go on to represent Brazil’s senior team.

Waldrum’s prediction came true with Camila forging a part of the Brazil squad that successfully won the International Women’s Football Tournament of Manaus earlier this December.

A player still bursting with plenty of potential, Camila was incredibly highly rated during her teenage years. After all, she made her senior professional debut for Brazilian side Kindermann at just 18-years-old!

She’s capable of playing further forward

We already know that Camila is a versatile defender who can perform at both right back and left back but that only tells half the story.

Should Tom Sermanni decide to push the Brazilian defender further forward in 2017, this needn’t faze Camila who even played as an outside forward during her years in Brazil.

She’s Orlando Pride’s third Brazilian signing so far

While Orlando Pride supporters are more than familiar with Mônica who is already on our roster, Camila isn’t Pride’s second Brazilian signing but actually their third so far.

Enjoying a brief spell in Central Florida last term ahead of a career change, Leah Fortune also hailed from the South American nation making Camila our third ever Brazilian professional.

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