MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 4-1 Portland Timbers (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): As it turns out, Ricardo “Kaka” Izecson dos Santos Leite is still pretty good at this soccer thing. After missing Orlando City SC’s first three games of 2016, the 33-year-old Brazilian made his season debut Sunday night and turned in a performance — one goal and two assists — that sent every last one of the 31,114 purple-clad crazies inside the Citrus Bowl home happy. Even without Kaka, Orlando City managed five points from the opening month of the season, which was good enough for third in the Eastern Conference coming into the weekend. At the end of the weekend? Top of the East (8 points), two points clear of the Montreal Impact, Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution. As for the defending MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers, they’re ninth in the West (4 points) after four games.

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Three moments that mattered

13′ — Hines heads home from a free kick for 1-0 — Kaka lofted the free kick into the box, Seb Hines got to the spot first and applied the simple headed finish to put the Lions a goal ahead inside the first quarter-hour.

32′ — Shea tees off, sneaks it inside the far post — The window through which Brek Shea had to hit this shot was almost certainly tinier than the ball itself (WATCH HERE).

48′ — Kaka slots it low and past Kwarasey for 3-0 — Vintage Kaka: arriving late into the penalty area, first-touch strike, finish past the goalkeeper without a chance of saving it.

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Man of the match: Kaka

Goalscorers: Hines (13′), Shea (32′), Kaka (48′), Molino (76′ – PK), McInerney (89′)