ORLANDO, Fla. - Star midfielder Kaka has arrived in Orlando after ending his contract with AC Milan.
His departure from AC Milan left the former Brazil international free to sign with Orlando City Soccer. The team officially introduced Kaka at an event in Orlando on Tuesday.
Milan said Kaka's contract was "resolved by mutual consent." Kaka arrived at Orlando International Airport shortly after 6 p.m. Monday to sign with the new Major League Soccer franchise.
"It's an exciting time here in Orlando," said Mayor Buddy Dyer. "If you see all the enthusiasm from the fans here about the U.S. in the World Cup and now the announcement that Kaka is going to play for Orlando City when they start their first Major League
season next year, it really continues to create momentum for MLS here in Orlando."
The 32-year-old is expected to return on loan to his first club, Sao Paulo, before joining Orlando City SC in January 2015 for its first MLS season.
Kaka, whose real name is Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, scored 104 goals in 307 appearances during his two spells at Milan, which were interrupted by a four-year stint at Real Madrid.
He was born in the city of Brasilia in 1982 and signed his first professional contract when he was 15-year-old. Kaka has made 32 appearances for Brazil's international team and played in multiple World Cup games. It's possible that Orlando will be his final soccer home.
Because Kaka will be a designated player, Orlando City can pay him any amount without it counting against
the club's salary cap.