Kaka is delighted to be living the American dream
Orlando City owner Flavio Augusto da Silva knows there's no way his MLS expansion franchise could take the place of any Brazil club in the hearts of any Brazilian soccer fan.
But with the signing of Kaka, da Silva hopes there's one room for more.
"We want to be that second club," da Silva yesterday when Orlando FC formally introduced the Brazilian three-time World Cup participant.
The 32-year old midfielder, whose full name is Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, will join the MLS club when they begin play in January 2015. Until then, he will be on loan to San Paulo FC. He most recently played for AC Milan, terminating that contract last week.
"This is not about the money," Kaka said. "I know you know my resume. I can play anywhere else if money were the top question.
"This is a life opportunity, for myself, for my family. Players from now on will be looking for soccer opportunity in the United States."
Over 200 fans greeted Kaka on Monday night at Orlando International Airport.
Orlando City co-owner Phil Rawlins said that signing Kaka was one of the franchise's primary goals.
"Not only did we sign a Brazilian superstar, we signed a world superstar," Rawlins said. "Kaka is not here to retire, he's here to win. We've put the MLS on notice."