Kaka signs with Orlando, confirms talks with Red Bulls


Orlando City have signed their first Designated Player, and it is a name Red Bull fans and followers of the international game will surely recognize.

Brazilian superstar Kaka was presented in a press conference Tuesday morning by the Lions, confirming weeks of speculation that he would join the fledgling MLS side.

“We not only brought a Brazilian superstar, we brought a world superstar,” club President Phil Rawlins said. “Today we put MLS on notice. We may be franchise number 21, but we’re not here to make up the numbers. We’re here to win and we’re here to play, and what better way to do that than to sign a winner in Kaka.”‏

Kaka joins the club as a free agent after activating a release clause from his A.C. Milan contract. Orlando will loan him to Brazilian powerhouse Sao Paolo for the winter Apertura before he rejoins the club in January.

What does Orlando get in hiring Kaka? What don’t they get? He immediately becomes the best attacking midfielder in the league, bar none. He has an incomparable resume, including a 2007 World Player of the Year award, a 2002 World Cup championship, and league championships in Brazil, Italy and Spain. He comes to the team at a still young and serviceable 32 years of age, securing a world class talent for Orlando for years to come.

“They said to me that they had this dream to get a team and build an amazing team in America,” Kaka said. “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.”

That isn’t the only club he has flirted with. Kaka confirmed the long-rumored contact with the New York Red Bulls as well.

“I’ve been speaking with other teams two years ago. I had the opportunities to go to New York,” he revealed.  Like Orlando, the Red Bulls were quite forthcoming when it came to their chase for the Brazilian midfielder.  They even went so far as signing his brother Digao in order to lure him in.

Clearly that did not work out in their favor.

“In the end, I think God had another special thing for me in Orlando,” Kaka said.  “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 [club owner] Flavio [da Silva] is Brazilian, for the Brazilian people it’s nice to have this focus now on America and American football.”