MLS Insider: Behind the scenes as Kaka joins Orlando City SC

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Orlando City SC are still nearly eight months away from their debut in Major League Soccer, but they’re already used to making some of the biggest headlines in MLS.

Take their signing of Brazilian playmaker Kaká as the first Designated Player last month. A former FIFA World Player of the Year and a World Cup champion with Brazil’s 2002 team, Kaká brings one the best career resumes of any player to join MLS in the league’s history, and his following in his native Brazil has made him one of the most beloved players in the country’s history.

The latest episode of the Emmy-nominated series MLS Insider goes behind the scenes of Kaká’s arrival in Orlando last month, offering an intimate look at why he chose to continue his career in MLS and help build OCSC from the ground up.

For more on Orlando City’s arrival in MLS, check out the archives on or the club’s official website. And don’t forget to watch past episodes of MLS Insider right here, including a look at the resurgence of Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar, the return to MLS of seven US national team heroes and the journey of Australia and New York Red Bulls star Tim Cahill.