Orlando City will enter Major League Soccer in 2015 and they have already stated their ambitious plans.
American soccer’s latest franchise Orlando City have said that they hope to attract Brazilian, Kaka to the club when they join the league in 2015. According to BBC Sport, the 21st franchise in the league hope to sign Kaka once his contract with AC Milan is up.
The MLS has certainly increased in stature since David Beckham joined Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007. Since then other well known footballers have followed suit. The MLS has now seen Alessandro Nesta, Robbie Keane, Marco Di Vaio, Nigel Reo-Coker, Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg grace the league.
Since Beckham’s arrival in 2007, there have been six new franchises that have joined the league. Orlando City and New York City will enter in 2015. Whilst Beckham himself is hoping to launch a football club in Miami, and basketball superstar LeBron James has already expressed an interest in the venture.
It is fair to say Kaka’s career has fizzled out since his world record transfer to Real Madrid. He didn’t quite reach the heights that were expected of him after he showed so much promise in his first spell at AC Milan. He may be interested in a move to the MLS in 2015. The league is rapidly progressing, and it would allow him to be closer to his native Brazil.
Orlando’s Brazilian co-owner Flavio Augusto da Silva told BBC Sport that they hope to sign at least one Brazilian. Kaka would certainly be a marquee signing and could easily attract the crowds to come and watch in Orlando. It is still some way off however, and a lot could happen for both club and player between now and then. Although it would no longer be much of a surprise to see someone of Kaka’s pedigree join a team in the MLS, such has been the increase in quality in recent years.