EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Real Madrid and Brazil national team star Kaká has previously been linked with a move to the New York Red Bulls, and he admitted could see himself playing in MLS one day just miles from Red Bull Arena on Wednesday.
Just not one day in the immediate future.
Swarmed by reporters following Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Colombia at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday night, the 30-year-old Kaká admitted to having interest in playing in MLS. But he also confessed that he does not expect a move to materialize any time soon.
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“Not now,” said Kaká when asked about being linked with the Red Bulls. “One day I hope I can play in MLS, but I don’t think it’s now.”
If Kaká were to ever join MLS, he would likely require a Designated Player spot for whatever team he would ultimately land on. His high-profile status would sell jerseys and attract casual fans to stadiums, and he is still capable of making a significant impact on games with his speed and dazzling technical abilities.
Kaká’s younger brother, Digão, signed with the Red Bulls earlier this year in a move many speculated was an attempt to lure Kaká. But the one-time Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year winner apparently does not need much convincing when it comes to MLS.
“I like it,” said Kaká. “I have some friends that are playing now here, so they say a lot of good stuff about MLS. One day, I hope I can play here.”
Kaká was one of the top performers for Brazil on Wednesday night. He came close to scoring for the 2014 World Cup hosts on a pair of occasions – even being denied by the crossbar on one first-half chance – and thrilled the fans in attendance with his mazy dribbling and a clever back-heel.
If Kaká has his wish, that sight may one day be seen across MLS stadiums.
“It’s very nice. I love to play here,” said Kaká. “I’ve been three summers here with Real Madrid, so every game [there’s] a lot of people. Today, a lot of Colombians and Brazilians here. It’s nice to play in America.”
Franco Panizo covers the New York Red Bulls for MLSsoccer.com. He can be reached at Franco8813@gmail.com.