Orlando City announces retention of 7 players for first MLS season

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Orlando City has unveiled which players will make the transition from USL PRO to MLS after their final non-top-flight season came to a surprise early conclusion.

Joining Kaka — how did he make the cut?!? — is USL Pro Golden Boot winner Kevin Molino, along with five others.

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The current MLS roster for 2015 is:

  • Kaka, midfielder
  • Darwin Ceren, midfielder
  • Kevin Molino, midfielder
  • Estrela, midfielder
  • Rafael Ramos, defender
  • Tommy Redding, defender
  • Tyler Turner, defender

According to MLSSoccer.com, “OCSC are still in contract negotiations with 2014 USL PRO players Luke Boden, Harrison Heath and Adama Mbengue.”

A bit of a Kaka update: the Brazilian has one goal in nine appearances for Sao Paolo this season. The loaded club also boasts Alexander Pato, Alvaro Pereira and Michel Bastos.

Former college stars Aodhan Quinn and Corey Hertzog will not make the MLS move with OCSC, as the pair were two of 13 players released.