With the official announcement coming from Orlando City today, the club will now be playing Brazilian giant Fluminense. The Lions will host the Rio de Janeiro club on June 22nd on Fifth Third Bank Field at the Citrus Bowl. Fluminense were founded on July 21, 1902 and our the reigning champions of the Brasileiro Serie A. One of the most successful clubs in Brazil and all of South America, they have provided the fifth most players to the Brazilian national team as well.
This announcement comes just a week after Flavio Augusto da Silva was brought on board to the Orlando City ownership group. During last Monday's press conference he said that he would be bringing Brazilian clubs to the city of Orlando. This friendly is a huge step in that direction. With Brazilians being the largest community that visit the Central Florida area, it gives Orlando City a great opportunity to gain some new supporters on an international basis.
The Lions wil also be playing another English Premier League club this summer, but the specifics have not been revealed. Stay tuned to the blog for further announcements on all friendlies coming in Summer 2013.
What do you think bringing Fluminense to Orlando does for the Lions? How do you think they will favor against the Brazilian club? Let us know your thoughts in a comment below.