ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — 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 said Tuesday when Orlando City 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 it begins 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.
His deal with Orlando City is for three-and-a-half years.
"This is not about the money," said Kaka, the world player of the year in 2007. "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 Monday night at Orlando International Airport. He was expected to join a watch party of the United States-Belgium World Cup match Tuesday afternoon. Some City streetlights had a "#komingsoon" hashtag with Kafka's silhouette outside the downtown club where the press conference was held
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