Orlando City named MLS’s 21st team, immediately hint at pursuing Kaka

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

MLS doesn't have a promotion/relegation system, but after two USL Pro titles in their three years of existence, Orlando City have been named MLS's 21st club. The young club's jump from the third division to the top flight has more to do with securing a deal for a new 20,000-seat stadium and its financial backing then the team's success on the pitch, though.

Along with 20th club New York City FC, Orlando City will begin MLS play in 2015 and as club president Phil Rawlins states in the video above, they intend to start that season with the a "Brazilian Beckham" in the squad. When asked if that player will be Kaka, owner Flavio da Silva, who is friends with the Ballon d'Or winner, hedges his bets before concluding, "but why not."

Kaka has continued to struggle with injuries since moving back to Milan over the summer, but his contract with the club will conveniently expire in 2015 (when he will be 33 years old). When he visited an Orlando City training session in June, Adrian Heath, the club's manager, predicted that if they gain entry to MLS in 2015, Kaka will be a member of the team.

Though David Beckham's ongoing efforts to bring an MLS team to Miami have overshadowed Orlando City's bid to some degree, the club quickly established a passionate fanbase. They drew a crowd of 20,866 at the USL Pro Championship final at Orlando's Citrus Bowl in September — an impressive figure for a third division match by any measure.

So with raucous support, a new stadium in the works and the intent to bring big-name signings to the club, Orlando City should be a positive addition to the league. Your move, Beckham.

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