After months and months of speculation and leading quotes here and there, Brazilian World Cup winner Kaka looks set to officially join MLS expansion side Orlando City.
According former US soccer star and current ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman, the AC Milan midfielder will be loaned to Brazilian Serie A side Sao Paolo before joining his new teammates before the start of the 2015 season.
Sao Paolo president Miguel Aidar came out and said that the 32-year old was almost certain to join his club this summer, but was hush about the fact that it would only be on loan, almost certainly the only way his side would have been able to afford the playmaker.
The Orlando City Lions are an expansion team and have yet to actually play in Major League Soccer. They will play their inaugural game at the start of the 2015 season, the same time that New York City FC will play their first game in the league.
The Lions have won the USL Pro in two of the past three years, 2011 and 2013 respectively. The team looks in great shape as they enter the big leagues and could challenge almost straight away which is usually unheard of for an expansion side.
OCSC have been chasing Kaka for a long time now, and he is thought to be good friends with the Lions Brazilian owner and has visited the team and its facilities in the past, noting how he wants to move with his family to the Florida area.
Kaka isn't the only Brazilian that Orlando are chasing, with Milan teammate and former Selecao star Robinho the man they are eyeing up as their second Designated Player. The Kaka signing will almost certainly make it easier to bring in the former Manchester City and Real Madrid forward.
It remains to be seen if Kaka would be a success in the league. He will be 33-years old when he starts for Orlando and with MLS being such a physical league, if he treats it lightly then he will suffer. Just ask Rafa Marquez and the countless others who treated it as a retirement home but were quickly out of the door following poor performances.
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