Kaká didn’t waste any time making his mark in his first appearance of 2016, scoring a goal and adding two assists in Orlando City’s 4-1 rout against the Portland Timbers on Sunday.
On Tuesday, the Brazilian star was recognized for his excellent season debut, when it was announced that he was voted MLS Player of the Week for Week 5 of the season by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).
Kaká, who missed Orlando’s first three games of the year due to injury, assisted on the Lions first goal on Sunday by curling a perfect free kick into the area that defender Seb Hines headed home in the 13th minute. The 33-year-old attacking midfielder notched another helper in the 32nd minute, connecting with defender Brek Shea on a give-and-go before the American international smashed home a volley.
He put the game out of reach minutes into the second half, recovering a loose ball at the top of the box and slotting home past Portland goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey in the 48th minute to give Orlando a 3-0 lead.
Kaká and Orlando, who sit atop the Eastern Conference standings with a 2-0-2 record, will return to action on Friday when they take on the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Park (7 pm ET; UniMas in the US, MLS LIVE in Canada).
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from the NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.
Kaká's full stats from Sunday's match can be found below: