CARSON, Calif. – For the first time on Friday, the LA Galaxy camp acknowledged the club has discussed with Kaká the possibility of bringing the Brazilian midfielder to the Home Depot Center to replace the outgoing David Beckham.
And when presented with that possibility, one of the Galaxy’s remaining Designated Players said he’d be just fine with a move like that.
“We’d welcome any top players,” striker Robbie Keane told reporters in Friday’s press conference ahead of Saturday’s MLS Cup, “and someone like Kaká – he was only one of the best players in the world a few years ago. So we’d welcome anyone with his stature and his ability to the Galaxy.”
AEG president Tim Leiweke told SI.com’s Grant Wahl that the parties have spoken and that the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year is aware of the Galaxy’s interest in him. Kaká, who looks to be on the outs at Real Madrid, has expressed several times over the past year that he’d be interested in playing in MLS and has been previously linked to the New York Red Bulls, where his brother Digão plays.
Kaká did suggest, however, that the time might not be right for a move stateside, saying after Brazil’s friendly vs. Colombia at MetLife Stadium earlier this month, “I don’t think [the time] is now.”
But to Keane, that’s the caliber of player LA need to maintain their luster and success. And Kaká would fill that bill. Although, the Irishman was quick to add, “He’d have big shoes to fill” with the departing Beckham.