Orlando City in advanced talks with Kaka to become Orlando City’s first DP

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By DAN KARELL

Orlando City Soccer Club’s long courtship of Brazilian midfielder Kaka looks to have finally succeeded.

(UPDATE: Orlando City released a statement on Friday morning, saying, “Orlando City Soccer Club is in advanced discussions with Kaka. Pending completion of the potential player agreement, Kaka would join Orlando City SC in January 2015 prior to the Club’s first season in Major League Soccer.”)

News of the Kaka move was first revealed by a tweet from ESPN’s Taylor Twellman, which claimed Orlando City and Major League Soccer have signed Kaka to a Designated Player contract, where he’ll begin playing in the 2015 MLS season. However, with Orlando City still more than seven months away from opening their first MLS training camp, the club will loan Kaka to his former club Sao Paulo FC until 2015.

The Orlando Sentinel confirmed the initial report on Thursday evening, claiming knowledge from an MLS source with direct knowledge of the agreement.

As soon as the Serie A season ended, transfer speculation intensified that Kaka would go to either Orlando City or back home in Brazil.

If the report is true, it would be another big step for MLS in attracting talented attacking players to come to the league, and it would allow Kaka to play both in Brazil for a short while and keep his fitness up before beginning his MLS tenure.

The Orlando Sentinel report also says that Kaka triggered an opt-out clause after Milan failed to qualify for a place in European competitions.

Though there’s no indication that a formal announcement is forthcoming, it could come as early as Friday. Sao Paulo are currently in Orlando during the Brazilian league’s World Cup break and are set to face OCSC in a friendly match.

The man likely credited for making this possible is Orlando City majority owner Flavio Augusto da Silva. Da Silva is a close friend of Kaka’s and has had the former Brazilian National Team star over to Orlando to train during the offseason on multiple occasions.

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What do you think of this report? Excited to see Kaka possibly come to MLS? Do you believe he’ll be able to fit into the league’s physical style? Do you expect big things from Kaka?

Share your thoughts below.

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36 Responses to Orlando City in advanced talks with Kaka to become Orlando City’s first DP

  1. fastrightleg says:

    Another old, washed-up star, like Tim Cahill, will be playing in the MLS.

    *Sarcasm*

    Great signing for OCSC.

    • The Imperative Voice says:

      Except Cahill is playing internationally in this tournament and scoring goals, while the other is watching. Kind of like, Villa’s not playing either, although that could be an ambivalent thing considering how poorly Spain has shown.

      • slowleftarm says:

        True but getting into the Brazil squad isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Overall, it’s a solid signing though the Villa signing is arguably “better.” That doesn’t matter though, they’re both good signings for the league.

    • stephen healy says:

      if u think tim cahill is washed up u must not have seen his world cup performance

  2. bryan says:

    good stuff. hopefully the reports of Martins to Turkey turn out to be false.

  3. KingGoogleyEye says:

    “Excited to see Kaka possibly come to MLS?”

    Absolutely. Hopefully he’s paired with at least one good passer.

    “Do you believe he’ll be able to fit into the league’s physical style?”

    No. I was looking forward to seeing him play in Seattle, then I imagined Alonso tackling him.

    “Do you expect big things from Kaka?”

    Big things like a league title or scoring fifteen goals? No. But if you mean “big things” like eradicating malaria or ushering in world peace, then yes.

    • The Imperative Voice says:

      On players from Spain or certain other countries/leagues, the softness of the player moving to MLS can be a concern. The Dynamo signed a Spanish player a few years back who had nice touch but was out of shape and not ready to be crunched. He lasted a month or two. But Kaka started in Brazil…..they foul people in the tunnel coming out.

  4. JayAre says:

    Kaka -Yes. Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard – Hell No

  5. quozzel says:

    They’d do well to play Kaka as a pure 10 and put somebody behind him who can do the dirty work behind him…honestly, if I’m Orlando, I’d stare hard at Jermaine Jones. He’s not making a ton of money, apparently, and is looking for that last contract.

    Grab another forward as your last DP and you’ve got one heckuva spine for your team. Heck, maybe even make a run at Altidore; he’s got Florida ties.

  6. apw says:

    The only logical solution is that Taylor Twellman works for the NSA, that’s how he acquires his info

    • bryan says:

      should be noted ESPN Brasil reported it before him. my guess is he was able to then take that report, use his ESPN connections, MLS connections, and put it all together.

    • The Imperative Voice says:

      We knew this was coming, the scoop is that he is out of ACM and the precise way he’s being signed and loaned.

      MLS is single entity and I assume Twellman wants to keep his contacts, so I’m sure this leak is officially blessed and handed to TT. It is news but it is also effectively marketing. Now the buzz starts, I’m sure ESPN will work this into the telecasts.

  7. NASL TO EL PASO TX 915 says:

    Ronaldinho please come to MLS before time expires :)

  8. "The TX 2 Stepper" says:

    He is a great addition to MLS and he is also “second!”

  9. dude1 says:

    He’d be great in MLS, big strong player who used to light up Serie A, tons of skill. Should be fun to watch.

  10. argh says:

    he was still starting for AC MILAN.

    so yes I’m excited for him coming to MLS.

    what about the stadium? the club needs 2 more DP’s. Maybe someone like a John Terry or a Puyol.

    when will the stadium be ready?

    • 407 says:

      According to the club, Monday, March 7th, 2016. Groundbreaking in a few weeks, likely just before end of summer.

    • Brian I says:

      Puyol was done about 2 years ago so I’d stay far away from him. Terry on the other hand has a lot more left in the tank… but of course he is not the most likeable guy in the world haha.

    • The Imperative Voice says:

      ACM plays some older players, and the whole reason he can trigger an out is they didn’t make Europe. But he was productive enough in tough enough of a team where I expect him to be of benefit.

  11. Joseph D'Hippolito says:

    You know, if Otto von Klinsmarck thinks MLS is such a POS league, then why do such players as Kaka, Henry, Villa, Cahill and Keane (for starters), find it attractive and (for those who have been here for awhile) succeed here? Granted, the market in Europe for some of these players has fallen (in some cases, dramatically). But they’re coming here and not going to Australia or the Middle East.

    Perhaps Reich Chancellor von Klinsmarck is FOS.

    • argh says:

      ummmm the $$$$$$$$ and maybe they wanna live a less pressured life unlike in Europe or maybe they wanna play a part in growing the game in the USA