Players to Watch at the Florida Cup
The four clubs participating in the Florida Cup represent the best in South America and MLS, and the following players have won numerous titles and individual achievements over the past decade. Here’s who will make the biggest impact at this year’s Florida Cup...
Birthplace: Goiânia, Brazil
One of the most explosive attacking players in the Brazilian game, Dudu is certain to create a buzz around Exploria Stadium whenever he touches the ball. Since arriving at Palmeiras in 2015, Dudu has won two Brasileirão championships, one Copa do Brasil, and has been named to the Brasileirão Team of the Year each of the past four seasons, including the Best Player in 2018. In 2019, Dudu scored 13 goals in all competitions and had 18 assists, and his 11 assists in the Brasileirão were second in the league. In the Brasileirão alone, since 2015, he has scored 40 goals and had 49 assists and currently ranks second in club history for goals scored. As a youth international, Dudu won the 2011 U-20 World Cup, scoring 3 goals in the competition.
Birthplace: Apucarana, Brazil
Bruno Henrique is a commanding central midfielder who orchestrates the Palmeiras attack. He scored 10 goals in 2019, appearing in 60 games. The former Corinthians and Palermo player has won two Brasileirão titles and was named to the Brasileirão Team of the Year in 2018 after scoring 9 goals with 3 assists. Named Team Captain in 2019, Bruno Henrique is currently ranked fifth in scoring defensive midfielders in club history with 28 goals and second in goals per game with a goal scored every 5.1 games.
Birthplace: Assau, BrazilAt 17 years old, Gabriel Veron became the second youngest player to score for Palmeiras when he scored a double against Goiás on December 5th as a second half substitute. In 2019, Veron was named the Golden Ball Winner at the U-17 World Cup, scoring 3 goals with 3 assists to lead Brazil to its fourth title. As a youth for Palmeiras, Veron has won the Youth Club World Cup twice and won the U-17 and U-20 Copa do Brasil.