HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on loan through June 30, 2021, with an option to buy, from Benfica on September 9, 2020.
Cadiz has been an outstanding striker at the highest of levels in both European and South American competitions and his game is tailor-made for Major League Soccer. The combination of his athleticism and clinical ability around the box made him heavily sought after.
INTERNATIONAL: Cádiz has made two appearances for the Venezuelan National Team. The striker’s debut came at 23 years-old on Oct. 16, 2018 in a 2-0 victory over United Arab Emirates. His second international appearance came as a sub in the final 45 minutes of a 1-1 draw against Ecuador on June 2, 2019.
OUTSIDE MLS: Since his professional debut with Deportivo Petare FC at age 16, which included an assist against Mineros de Guayana on April 29, 2012, Cádiz has become a promising goal scorer with experience on the biggest stages. The center-forward has competed at the highest level in the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana before playing in Europe in France’s Ligue 1 and the Portuguese Primera. Cádiz made his European debut with CF União Madeira in 2015, and since then he has been a mainstay in Portugal’s top league of soccer. His highest statistical jump came in the 2018-2019 season where the Venezuelan scored a career-high 10 goals while adding two assists in 35 matches for Vitoria Setubal. The young striker joined S.L. Benfica prior to the 2019 campaign before going on loan to Dijon FCO in Ligue 1, France’s top division of soccer. While in France, Cádiz became the fifth Venezuelan player to score in Ligue 1 over the past 50 seasons when he netted the winning brace in a 2-1 victory over 2020 UEFA Champions League Finalist Paris Saint German on Nov. 2, 2019.