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Kaka scores last minuted equaliser in Orlando City MLS debut

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Kaka is the world superstar who has been given the job of making a new MLS franchise Orlando City a force and he just about lived up to expectations in his side's first ever league match - thwarting another debutant franchise New York City FC in the process.

It was past 90 minutes at the Citrus Bowl in Florida on Sunday when the former Real Madrid and AC Milan superstar sized up a free-kick just outside of the NYCFC area, with is team one man and one goal down.

Defeat in their ever competitive MLS match would have been a major disappointment for the 62,510 crowd in attendance, who had been in a state of feverish excitement in the lead-up to the match and were expecting big things from their Designated Player.

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Kaka has always been a man for the big occasion and he did not err when called upon to be his team's saviour, though it looked as if he got a little bit of assistance from another saviour above. He hit the free-kick at a middling height, it wasn't his best attempt, but a cruel deflection sent the ball squirming into the corner of the net and the crowd into rapture.

Perhaps only a Kaka winner at a similar time could have bested this strike in terms of narrative, but football is a game where one needs to be thankful for everything they get after it looked as though they would get nothing from a match they dominated.

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Kaka's equaliser cancelled out a Mix Diskerud strike in the 76th minute, which capped NYCFC's first real assault on the Orlando goal. It was a fine finish from the Norwegian, curled right-footed into the far corner from just inside the box, but it would have been a travesty if it won the match for his side.

In the end, both teams will be satisfied with a point as it could quite easily have been much worse and both will have gained valuable experience going into their next matches.

NYCFC's own designated superstar for the match, former Barcelona star David Villa, was also playing in the match but he struggled to make an impact on the game. Frank Lampard was supposed to be the other DP for them, but his move to Manchester City and contract confusion are well known.

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