Here we go again: The “Kaka to Major League Soccer” rumors popped up about a month ago, and here we are again talking about Kaka possibly signing with Orlando City SC next year.
Speaking to the media in front of one of the seven downtown murals of the Lions’ new logo being painted around the City of Orlando, Lions President Phil Rawlins told City writer Mike Gramajo that talks with Kaka are still undergoing, and Rawlins is confident that the Brazilian soccer star will eventually make the jump to MLS.
Kaka told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera a while back that if he leaves AC Milan in the summer, he will look to play in MLS. And as we know, Kaka has a very strong relationship with Lions’ owner and fellow Brazilian Flávio Augusto da Silva.
“One day, I would like to play in America,” Kaká told the Italian paper. “Let’s see. At the end of the season, I will talk to [general manager Adriano Galliani]. Not just to speak about bonuses and money — money is not the main thing for me now, and I think that is understood. I want to see what his ideas are and what the club’s ideas are. If it turns out I need to move, I will choose the MLS.”
Kaka also said back then that the World Cup this summer could effect his decision where to play next year; however, Kaka was not selected to Brazil’s World Cup roster, so we’ll see how that effects his decision, if it does.
“There’s a lot to happen yet, and all this can change my decision, yes,” Kaká said. “I’d rather wait, let things go slowly and talk later.”
“I have an excellent relationship with Flavio, we are good friends, but this is unknown. I want to take it one step at a time. I’m happy here in Milan, I hope to continue here, but let’s just decide at the end of the season. There’s a lot to happen yet, and Galliani and I will decide what’s best for me and Milan.”
It should also be noted that a Spanish newspaper reported already that Kaka and Orlando City already have a verbal agreement in place to have him on the squad for their MLS debut next season.
I’m sure everybody else is on my side when I say that it would be a great thing for the Lions to be able to sign Kaka for next season. With the team just joining the league, it would be quite the statement to make having one of the most popular players in the world on your side, and it would also bring a lot of attention to the team, and probably put a lot more people into the seats.
Team of the Week: Orlando City midfielder Kevin Molino was named to the USL PRO Team of the Week for the third week in a row.
Molino scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season last Friday against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, a goal that proved to be the difference maker as the Lions defeated the Riverhounds by a measly score of 1-0.
Molino has bee playing very well lately for the Lions, in a very good form — as the three straight Team of the Week selections show. Being one of City’s five current MLS signings for next season, Molino is going to be an important piece for the Lions moving forward after this season when they join the big boys in MLS.
New jerseys: As you all know by now, Orlando City unveiled their new MLS logo this season, along with a whole mess of nice gear to buy with it (I have already bought one of the hats).
The next big thing that many of us are now waiting for (other than the renderings for the new stadium, which are also coming soon) are the new kits that the Lions will wear during their inaugural MLS campaign in 2015.
Rawlins, again, told Gramajo that the jerseys have already been designed, and the team is now waiting for them to be shipped to the team’s offices for a October or November launch. I’m pretty excited to see what these are going to look like, and will have my wallet out and ready when the reveal comes later this year.
It’s also worth noting that the Lions will not be switching the logos on their current jerseys to the new one released today, per the agreement they have with Lotto.
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