Cesar Araujo joins Orlando City from Montevideo Wanderers

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Orlando City have completed the signing of midfielder Cesar Araujo from the Uruguayan side Montevideo Wanderers.

The 20-year-old qualifies for the MLS Under-22 Initiative and has signed a contract with the Lions through the 2024 season with an option for 2025.

“We are very excited to take Cesar to Orlando and get him dressed in purple,” said Orlando City Vice President of Football Luiz Muzzi in a press release from the club. “He is focused and energetic in the middle and we expect him to strengthen and strengthen our midfield.”

Araujo joins Orlando with 63 senior matches for Montevideo – including three in the Copa Sudamericana – during which he has provided six assists. The youngster should help Oscar Pareja’s men to connect defense to attack, with Araujo at best as a deep-lying midfielder, who moves the ball forward with his precision pass. He will also add plenty of defensive bites along with Jr Urso and Jhegson Mendez.

Although Araujo is without a roof at any level, he has been involved in several training camps with Uruguay’s U20 national team. On the same day that he completed his transfer to Orlando, the midfielder also received his first call to La Celeste Olímpica’s senior team, which made the reserve list for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Venezuela.

Big day for @ cesararaujoo8 to be named in Uruguay’s reserve list for the upcoming @ FIFAWorldCup qualifiers ?? https://t.co/55YTyf7tii

– Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) January 7, 2022

Orlando has suffered a number of notable departures this winter with USMNT striker Daryl Dike joining West Bromwich Albion and Chris Mueller moving to Hibernian. Uri Rosell has rejoined Sporting Kansas City while Nani has ended his three-year stay in Florida.

Araujo represents the club’s first big entry as they prepare for the MLS season 2022 – their first match is at home against CF Montreal on 27 February.

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