Former Real Madrid and Selecao star Ricardo Kaka is set to join Orlando City Soccer Club after officially having his contract terminated by Serie A giants AC Milan. The 32-year old is currently on his way to Florida and will be presented to the clubs fans at the USA-Belgium fan party viewing tomorrow.
Seeing as Orlando don't officially start MLS play until the start of 2015, Kaka will instead move on loan to Sao Paulo, the team he started his career with at the age of 12 and where he is loved for the remainder of 2014 before linking up with his new teammates in the New Year.
The attacking midfielder was the most expensive player in the history of football for a brief time, and is almost certainly the most talked about signing for MLS since David Beckham joined the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.
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. Former Milan teammate and another Selecao player Robinho is 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 he could suffer if he treats it lightly. Just ask Rafa Marquez and the countless others who treated Major League Soccer as a retirement home but were quickly out of the door following poor performances.
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