Major League Soccer's Orlando City completed the signing of Brazilian legend Kaka on Monday, fulfilling one of the sport's worst kept secrets after the MLS expansion side hinted at the star's imminent introduction over the last several days. While Kaka's arrival might not have been a shock after news leaked of his flight itinerary, it certainly gave fans a perfect opportunity to welcome Kaka to Orlando in full-force.
With jerseys, scarves, and irritating horns and vuvuzelas, local fans gathered to meet Kaka as the star disembarked his flight. And as can be expected with one of the sport's most adorable figures, Kaka responded in kind, signing autographs and posing with local children.
While it's unclear whether Kaka plans to take the next logical step and run for local office, fans on hand had a rare opportunity to interact with one of their heroes.
For his part, Kaka seems pleased to have moved to the United States, telling Yahoo Sports in an exclusive interview that he considered MLS to be " ... a nice league and a nice place to play."
Whlie contractual details are still yet to be confirmed, it'll be interesting to see how Kaka responds when he realizes that he meant to sign with David Beckham's club in Miami, and that the team doesn't actually practice within the confines of Harry Potter World, and that he hasn't become the first Brazilian World Cup winner to make the transition to professional Quidditch.
There are plenty of details to hammer out, but the future looks bright for both Kaka and Orlando City.
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