Kaká visits Orlando City training, sets Internet speculation into overdrive | THE SIDELINE
World soccer superstar Kaká is offseason chilling in Orlando, Fla., just doing as you do on vacation. He's visting Disney World, and the training session of an American third-division soccer team that just happens to be owned by one of your personal friends.
OK, so maybe we don't all have Brazilian billionaire friends such as Flávio Augusto da Silva, like Kaká.
And maybe we don't all make fast-spreading Internet news by simply watching a couple dozen grown men kick a ball around for an hour or 90 minutes, or taking a few pictures, shaking hands with another millionaire and generally being one of the most famous athletes in the world.
But that's exactly what Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (Kaká) did on Friday afternoon. Kaká, presumably on vacation with family during his offseason period from Spanish giants Real Madrid, became acquainted with da Silva, Orlando City's most recent investor as of February, as a spokesperson for a network of English language schools in Brazil, owned by da Silva.
Kaká has time and again been linked with a pair of MLS clubs — the LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls — as a prospective Designated Player signing given his seeming desire to leave the Spanish club over the last 6-12 months.
Is it crazy to think that Orlando City could be the sly cats to slip in and pip the two big-spending MLS clubs for Kaká's signature? Considering OCSC are still a USL Pro club, yes. But let's say Orlando make the MLS jump in 2015 — something primary OCSC owner Phil Rawlins made abundantly clear is his desire on Thursday's ExtraTime Radio podcast — would a then-33-year old Kaká be the ideal first Designated Player in Orlando City history?
Would Kaká to Orlando be the most unlikely DP signing in MLS history? What are the odds that it could really happen?