Orlando Pride sign Brazilian international Adriana
The Orlando Pride signed Brazilian international forward Adriana Leal da Silva --- known as Adriana --- the club announced Thursday. Adriana arrives from Corinthians in Brazil on a three-year contract. Her transfer and contract were handled via Allocation Money, according to the club statement.
""I am very happy to have signed with Orlando Pride, a special club," Adriana said in the club statement. "I am happy and excited to arrive there quickly and be able to do my best on the field to help Orlando win titles."
The 26-year-old forward dominated in Brazil. She scored 72 goals in 143 appearances with Corinthians --- the second most goals in club history. Adriana was named the 2018 Brazilian player of the season after scoring 26 goals in 37 games in a title winning campaign. In addition to the individual achievements, Adriana helped Corinthians to immense team success.
The club won 10 total titles and posted a 116-9-18 record during her five-year tenure. Among those titles were four Brazilian championships and a Copa Libertadores (South American championship) title.
“Adriana is an exciting, dynamic and entertaining player with an eye for the goal," Pride head coach Seb Hines said in the club statement. "Adriana is already a winner for club and country but still has an ambition to take her career to the next level, and we’re happy to have her do so here in Orlando."
Adriana debuted with the Brazilian national team in 2017. She scored on her debut in a friendly against China. The forward was named to the 2019 World Cup squad, but an injury kept her from participating in the tournament.
She also played a key role for Brazil in the 2021 SheBelieves Cup in Orlando and the 2022 Copa América Femenina. She scored five goals in the Copa --- second-most in the tournament --- and helped Brazil hoist the South American championship.