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Sources: Orlando Pride sign Brazil defender Mônica

Brazil defender Mônica (center) will play for Orlando Pride in the NWSL, sources tell The Equalizer. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Brazil defender Mônica (center) will play for Orlando Pride in the NWSL, sources tell The Equalizer. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Brazilian center back Mônica will play for NWSL expansion team Orlando Pride next season, sources tell The Equalizer.

Mônica recently scored her second career goal against the United States in a 1-1 draw in Seattle on Oct. 21. She debuted for the senior national team in 2014.

Mônica, whose full name is Monica Hickmann Alves, played in all four of Brazil’s matches at the 2015 World Cup before the squad lost to Australia in the Round of 16.

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The 28-year-old defender has played for Ferroviária in Brazil since 2013. She played for Austrian club SV Neulengbach from 2007-2012.

Orlando currently has four international roster spots for the 2016 season. The Pride were given an extra spot for the 2016 and 2017 seasons as an expansion team, but the Pride traded one of those spots (for both years) to Portland Thorns FC in the deal the deal which send United States forward Alex Morgan to Orlando. Orlando now has four international spots. Mônica will occupy one of those international spots.

Brazilian influence in Orlando and at the club is significant. The star of Orlando City SC, the MLS club which shares ownership with the NWSL’s Pride, is Brazilian legend Kaká.

This is the goal which Monica scored against the United States:

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