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Orlando City SC manager believes MLS status could likely mean Kaka’s signature in 2015

Jun 21, 2013, 11:44 PM EDT

Kaka is a player constantly linked with Orlando City, the club says a DP of his caliber will arrive in 2015: Getty Images

Adrian Heath, manager of Orlando City SC, said Wednesday that if his club get their way in the coming years, it may mean they could bring Kaka to the United States.

The Brazilian attended a training session Friday, and many believe that Orlando’s bid to join Major League Soccer in 2015 specifically coincides with the expiration of Kaka’s Real Madrid contract in 2015.

“If we reach the MLS in 2015, Kaka will most likely play with us. I believe it is very possible to get him here,” Heath told TV network WFTV 9.

“You don’t have to be Einstein to work out that his contract ends right around the same time we expect to be in the MLS. It would be unbelievable for our club.  If Kaka is playing in the American league, it means we will have been accepted.”

The 31-year-old striker has a roundabout and yet strong tie to OCSC.

The agency that represents Kaka, Octagon Sports, is led by Alexandre Leitao.  Leitao is the advisor to Brazilian entrepreneur Flavio Augusto da Silva, who bought a stake in Orlando City and has an agreement to become a primary owner if the club were accepted into MLS.

Still required for the club to get MLS approval is a stadium downtown.  The Lions hired former special assistant to the MLS commissioner Brett Lashbrook a few weeks ago and that turned a few heads, but a lot of work is left to be done.

  1. talgrath - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    Kaka is hitting that age, fairly shortly, where continuing to play at a top level in Europe will get more and more difficult and the fans won’t be chanting your name. A move to a second-tier league (I know, I love MLS too, but it what it is) means more playing time and a new round of fans that will love you for what you do, chanting your name. Add in that you’ll probably get a bigger annual salary than you would as a European super-sub and MLS is very attractive to aging players.

  2. 407magic - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Agreed plus he’ll be making $ in a tax free state. also there’s a very high brazilian population in Orlando and surrounding area.

  3. footballer4ever - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Aside the dense Brazilian population in Orlando,, how is world football really regarded by the community because it’s the community’s overall support, not just a section (Brasilians) or tourists who will carry the team down the years. Can anyone from the Orlando area gives us some adequate /educated information on that?

    • ryanjo250 - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Not from Orlando, but I can say that their attendance has grown each season they’ve been in existence, and this season, they have the highest average attendance in minor league soccer.

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