It’s official, Kaka has signed a contract with Orlando City SC to become the club’s first ever designated player ahead of the 2015 Major League Soccer season, according to multiple reports, including one by the Orlando Sentinel. He’ll be flying to Orlando on Monday morning, when the club is expected to announce the signing, and he’ll be introduced at a press conference at 10 am ET on Tuesday.
The team announced over a week ago that it was “in advanced discussions with Kaka.” Others are the time were reporting that the only thing left to do was have Kaka sign the contract.
Since Orlando City doesn’t actually begin MLS play until the spring of 2015, he’ll go on a six-month load to Sao Paulo FC, and then join the club in January before the start of the preseason.
According to a report by MLS Transfers, Kaka was looking a couple weeks ago to sign a four-year, $21 million DP contract, but it’s currently unknown what the terms of this deal with be. Seattle Sounders striker Clint Dempsey is the the highest-paid player in MLS at $6.695 million in guaranteed compensation this season, more money than the total player payrolls of 15 of the 19 MLS clubs.
The 2007 World Player of the Year has long been linked to Orlando City, more so in the past six months as the team continues on it’s march to MLS. By adding Kaka, they would enter the league with one of the league’s best players, which also makes this a future big signing for MLS as it continues to grow.
Kaka was eligable to opt out of his contract with AC Milan this summer, which seemed to be the plan all along. The Italian giant was hoping that they would be able to retain him, but he clearly wanted to come play in the US, a dream he has expressed to reporters in the past.
After spending four seasons in Spain with Real Madrid, Kaka returned to AC Milan for a second stint with the team this past season, scoring seven goals with four assists in 30 appearances.