As Orlando City Soccer Club prepares for it’s first season in Major League Soccer, Kaka has been named the side’s captain.
It’s a fitting responsibility considering the Brazilian midfielder will be making nearly $7.2 million this season, a record contract in MLS.
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The former Milan and Real Madrid man has already shown flashes of his brilliance, scoring off of a pretty give-and-go in Orlando’s opening preseason match.
Today, Orlando City released on official statement naming Kaka the club’s captain.
Orlando City Soccer Club today announced it has named midfielder and 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year Kaká the team captain as the Lions prepare for the start of their inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) season. The Club opens MLS play against fellow newcomers New York City FC Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. ET at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.
“Kaká has demonstrated great leadership both on the field and in the locker room since the start, and the other players have naturally looked to his guidance throughout preseason so he was the natural pick to skipper the club,” said Head Coach Adrian Heath. “Ricky’s role will extend off the pitch as well, serving as the team’s liaison with the front office and coaching staff on all player-related concerns to ensure we provide the best possible environment for the players to train, develop and succeed personally and professionally.”
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Kaka will have a lot of pressure on him as the league’s highest paid player with playoff aspirations for an expansion franchise. The 2002 World Cup champion and 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year clearly has the resume for the job, and will be looking to add an MLS Cup to his trophy case.