The Copa America Centenario is less than a month away, and teams participating are slowly starting to name their final roster for this summer’s tournament.
Orlando City captain Ricardo Kaká, however, will not be a part of the Seleção’s Copa plans.
Brazilian national team coach Dunga announced his Copa America roster on Thursday, leaving out the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year after previously naming him to the team’s preliminary squad.
Brazil will play Haiti on June 8 at Camping World Stadium, previously known as the Orlando Citrus Bowl.
Kaká missing out on Copa America could prove to be beneficial for the Lions this summer. Although Major League Soccer is taking a break during the group stage of this summer’s tournament from June 3-17, Orlando City could have played without its captain if Brazil managed to advance to the knockout rounds.
With one Orlando City player officially out of the tournament, Cristian Higuita is the other Lions player that could be summoned to Colombia’s final roster after being selected to the Los Cafeteros’ 40-man preliminary squad.
Colombia must name its final 23-man roster by May 9.
Copa America Centenario is being held in the United States from June 3-26.
OCB falls, again
Orlando City B squandered a lead in a 3-1 defeat to FC Cincinnati on Wednesday night in Melbourne after a two-hour rain delay prior to kickoff.
Bryan Róchez scored the lone goal to give OCB the lead, but Cincinatti went on to score three goals after for the victory.
OCB saw red again this season when goalkeeper Mark Ridgers was sent off in the 76th minute.
The USL Lions (2-5-1, 7 points) sit in 10th place in the USL Eastern Conference table and host Bethlehem Steel FC on Saturday at Titan Soccer Complex.
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