A day after hundreds of fans greeted him at the airport to welcome him to their city, Orlando City SC officially introduce Kaka as their first designated player signing for the 2015 Major League Soccer season at a press conference in downtown Orlando on Tuesday morning.
A World Cup champion with Brazil in 2002, the 2007 World Player of the Year, Kaka instantly becomes one of the most talented, decorated and most popular players to step foot on the field in MLS.
Kaká has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with Orlando City that runs through the end of the 2017 season, according to a post on owner Flávio Augusto da Silva’s Facebook page. He’ll be loaned out to Sao Paulo FC in Brazil for the rest of 2014, then join Orlando City on January 1, 2015 for the start of the preseason camp for the MLS season.
Financial terms of the contract, for the moment, are unknown, though I would have to assume that he’ll become one of the highest paid players in the league, in the discussion with United States World Cup stars Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders F.C.) and Michael Bradley (Toronto FC).
Kaka told the media during the Tuesday presser that he and Orlando City have been flirting with each other since 2012, and as we all know, Orlando had not ever hid their interest in Kaka over the past couple of years.
Kaka also said this morning that he doesn’t yet know where on the field he’ll play under Head Coach Adrian Heath. Heath will certainly have no shortage of options to choose from when filling out his lineup cards next season. Kaka becomes just the 6th players under contract with the club next season, so they will have plenty of room to build around him in the midfield.
My thoughts are that he could play in the middle of the middle midfield with Kevin Molino and Adama Mbengue (assuming he gets the MLS contract that he deserves) with Kaka both distributing the ball out to hit wingers, while also coming up to score goals, because let’s face it, that’s one of the reasons this guy was brought here — to score.
The Kaka era doesn’t technically start until January, but it kicked off today, and I can’t wait to see this guy get on the field.