Orlando City signs Brazilian defender Gustavo

Orlando City SC has signed Brazilian defender Gustavo Silva Conceição, the club announced Monday. 
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Orlando City SC has signed Brazilian defender Gustavo Silva Conceição, the club announced Monday

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Gustavo, a center back comes to the MLS expansion franchise after seven years in Brazil's top division. The 28-year-old notably played three seasons with Flamengo. 

"We’re very pleased that Gustavo has joined the Club," team head coach Adrian Heath said, according to Orlando City's announcement. "He’s a tough and willing defender who we believe will be a fantastic complement to our existing core."

Gustavo derives his nickname "Geladeira" -- which translates to "The Refrigerator" -- from his 6-foot-1, 198-pound frame. The defender -- who assumes the team's fifth international slot -- is the latest signing for the Lions, who will make their MLS debut in March. 

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Geladeira is the third Brazilian signing for the club. Star midfielder Kaka signed as a designated player, and midfielder/forward Pedro Ribeiro joined Orlando City after the club selected him in the fourth round of the 2014 Expansion Draft. 

Orlando City will play its first MLS match on Sunday, March 8 against fellow expansion club New York City FC. 

- Stanley Kay