Adrian Heath, manager of Orlando City SC, said Wednesday that if his club get their way in the coming years, it may mean they could bring Kaka to the United States.
The Brazilian attended a training session Friday, and many believe that Orlando’s bid to join Major League Soccer in 2015 specifically coincides with the expiration of Kaka’s Real Madrid contract in 2015.
“If we reach the MLS in 2015, Kaka will most likely play with us. I believe it is very possible to get him here,” Heath told TV network WFTV 9.
“You don’t have to be Einstein to work out that his contract ends right around the same time we expect to be in the MLS. It would be unbelievable for our club. If Kaka is playing in the American league, it means we will have been accepted.”
The 31-year-old striker has a roundabout and yet strong tie to OCSC.
The agency that represents Kaka, Octagon Sports, is led by Alexandre Leitao. Leitao is the advisor to Brazilian entrepreneur Flavio Augusto da Silva, who bought a stake in Orlando City and has an agreement to become a primary owner if the club were accepted into MLS.
Still required for the club to get MLS approval is a stadium downtown. The Lions hired former special assistant to the MLS commissioner Brett Lashbrook a few weeks ago and that turned a few heads, but a lot of work is left to be done.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, and he is already the club’s all-time leading scorer.
After scoring both of PSG’s goals in a 2-1 win over Marseille today, Zlatan’s tally is up to 110 goals for the club, eclipsing Pauleta’s mark of 109. However, Pauleta needed 79 more matches to reach that number.
Zlatan has scored at a blistering pace since moving to Paris, having seasons of 35, 41, and 30 goals in his first three years at the club. Early into his fourth season with PSG, he has four goals through seven matches.
Not only has Zlatan achieved great success individually during his time at Parc des Princes, the club has dominated French football during his tenure.
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Since Zlatan moved to Paris in 2012, the club has won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles, two League Cups, and one French Cup. During that time, Zlatan was twice named Ligue 1 Player of the Year and won two Golden Boots as the league’s top scorer.
Zlatan’s contract with PSG is up at the end of this season, and it has been long suspected that he will move on and join a new club next summer. Despite turning 34 earlier this month, Zlatan has proven his is still one of the world’s elite goalscorers, and will have his choice of clubs should he leave PSG.
Luciano Vietto scored with less than ten minutes to play to earn a draw for Atletico Madrid against their crosstown rivals Real.
Karim Benzema had given Real Madrid an early lead, heading home a cross from Dani Carvajal in the ninth minute. While Cristiano Ronaldo may get all the headlines, Benzema has been superb for Real, scoring six goals in seven La Liga matches this season.
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Atletico had a golden opportunity to draw level in the 22nd minute when the hosts were awarded a penalty, but Keylor Navas made a brilliant save to deny Antoine Griezmann, keeping Real ahead.
Still trailing 1-0, Diego Simeone made a substitution for Atletico in the 58th minute, bringing in Luciano Vietto for some added strength on the attack. It was the 21-year-old’s first taste of a Madrid derby, and he proved to be ready for the pressure.
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With the clock winding down, Jackson Martinez played a cross in from the left wing, and after a slight scramble in the box, the young Vietto cleaned up the scraps to level the score in the 83rd minute.
The result leaves Real Madrid second in La Liga, one point behind leaders Villarreal, while Atletico sits fifth, three points off the leaders.