Kaka finally signed for Orlando City Tuesday night after admitting he declined the opportunity to go to New York, while he revealed that he has been flirting with the MLS side since 2012 during his second stint at AC Milan.
Orlando City's signing of Kaka is certainly a coup for MLS as it looks to drive home the good feeling surrounding the sport after Team USA's impressive showing at the World Cup.
The former AC Milan star was enticed to play for Orlando City by their owner Flavio Augusto da Silva, who is the Brazilian owner of the side. Even though Kaka himself is not a Brazilian international anymore, the 32-year-old still has plenty to offer MLS and Orlando City.
Orlando over New York
Kaka has been a force for many years now, and interest for his services has always been high. Having played for AC Milan in two stints and Real Madrid, Kaka is regarded as one of the greatest Brazilian players of this century. This is why there should be no surprise to find out that more than one MLS side was interested in securing a deal with Kaka.
The former AC Milan midfielder spoke with press upon his arrival in Orlando, and there he admitted that New York City could have been an option for him, but he declined the option to move to the Big Apple.
"I had the opportunities to go to New York. In the end I think God had another special thing for me in Orlando."
Flirting since 2012
One thing that may surprise MLS fans is the fact that Kaka has been in touch with Orlando City and its owner Flavio Augusto da Silva for sometime now. Firstly, the former Brazilian international was courted back in 2012, with da Silva insisting he wanted to build something epic in Orlando.
Kaka admitted to the press that he had been flirting with the team for at least two years before his actual arrival. "They said to me that they had this dream to get a team and build an amazing team in America," Kaka told the press.
"So from 2012 until now we have been speaking a lot, flirting a lot until today that we signed this final contract and I'm so happy for that. It's a dream come true. I've been speaking with other teams two years ago. I had the opportunities to go to New York. In the end I think God had another special thing for me in Orlando.
Kaka wants to spread the game
USA's impressive showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil has resulted in a surge in interest in soccer. The US were defeated in the second of the tournament despite a valiant display against Belgium.
The commissioner of MLS has spoken about how the awesome displays by the US in Brazil has helped MLS, and Kaka was his project to help as well.
"And so I'm happy because for me it's a very nice project. We can build a lot of good things here in Orlando and also because Flavio is Brazilian, for the Brazilian people it's nice to have this focus now on America and American football.”
For those that haven't seen him play or for those that just want to remember his greatness again - watch the video below.
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