Orlando City has held true on their promise to annually bring top international clubs to the Citrus Bowl for matches with the Lions. If the latest promise holds true, then Orlando City will be bringing a top international player to Central Florida.
Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath told me after Wednesday's practice that Kaká will be a member of the Lions as long as MLS to Orlando becomes a reality by 2015. We can't yet dot the i's and cross the t's, but the timing works out perfectly with Kaká under contract with Real Madrid through 2015.
Kaká was at this past Friday's Orlando City practice and is reportedly friends with Lions principal owner Flávio Augusto da Silva. The former FIFA World Player of the Year is on the backside of his career and has been a disappointment for Real Madrid, only scoring 23 goals in 85 appearances, so a move to MLS makes sense.
The move also makes sense from an attendance standpoint. According to the U.S. Commerce Department about 1.5 million Brazilians visited Florida in 2012, with many of them coming to Central Florida. Brazilians are known for being passionate about soccer and Kaká would give them one more reason to take in an Orlando City match.
I recently called Brett Lashbrook a dynamite hire for the Lions front ofice, and it looks like they plan to continue with their explosive acquisitions by bringing in Kaká in 2015.