Kaka on Brazil roster for game at Meadowlands

Kaka was picked for Brazil’s roster for next month’s exhibition

game against Colombia at the Meadowlands along with Neymar.

Barcelona right back Daniel Alves, recovered from a left thigh

injury, also was selected for the Nov. 14 match at MetLife Stadium

– the 1,000th game in Brazil’s history.

Kaka, relegated to a reserve role at Real Madrid, returned to

the national team last month for the first time since the 2010

World Cup.

Coach Mano Menezes also selected Chelsea playmaker Oscar and

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva.

”It’s very important to be able to keep picking the same

squad,” Menezes said Tuesday. ”I think the national team is on

the right track to begin next year in good position to compete in

the Confederations Cup, which will give us a better idea of where

we are because we will be playing top-level nations. Hopefully we

will keep improving until then.”

Brazil is missing injured defenders Marcelo of Real Madrid, Alex

Sandro of Porto and Dede of Vasco da Gama.

Daniel Alves missed the last two exhibitions and was sidelined

for nearly three weeks after pulling his left thigh during

Barcelona’s 2-2 tie against Real Madrid in the Spanish league.

Kaka scored a goal in each of the exhibitions, a 6-0 rout of

Iraq and a 4-0 win over Japan.

Menezes left open the possible return of Ronaldinho, a former

two-time FIFA Player of the Year who is playing well again in the

Brazilian league.

”You need to respect the quality of these experienced players,

Ronaldinho is a world champion,” Menezes said. ”We have to take

it slowly, just like we did when he was being criticized for not

playing well in the past. He will have the same opportunity as all

the other players.”

Colombia, led by Radamel Falcao, has won three straight World

Cup qualifiers.

”It will be one of the most difficult matches of the year.

Colombia is an opponent which will demand a lot from us, and we

will have to be on top of our game to get the win and come up with

a convincing performance,” Menezes said. ”Falcao is having an

extraordinary run, but Colombia is not only about Falcao, its game

has really developed in all areas.”

Brazil will be playing its 1,000th match nearly 100 years after

its first – a 2-0 win over the English club Exeter City at Rio de

Janeiro on July 21, 1914.

The five-time world champions are at an all-time low 14th in

FIFA’s rankings, mainly because as World Cup host they don’t have

any competitive matches this year.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Diego Alves (Valencia, Spain), Jefferson

(Botafogo)

Defenders: Adriano (Barcelona, Spain), Daniel Alves (Barcelona,

Spain), David Luiz (Chelsea, England), Fabio Santos (Corinthians),

Leandro Castan (AS Roma, Italy), Rever (Atletico Mineiro), Thiago

Silva (Paris Saint-Germain, France)

Midfielders: Arouca (Santos), Giuliano (Dnipro, Ukraine), Kaka

(Real Madrid, Spain), Lucas (Sao Paulo), Oscar (Chelsea, England),

Paulinho (Corinthians), Ramires (Chelsea, England), Sandro

(Tottenham, England), Thiago Neves (Fluminense)

Forwards: Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg, Russia), Leandro Damiao

(Internacional), Neymar (Santos)

Follow Tales Azzoni at http://twitter.com/tazzoni