MLS franchise Orlando targets Kaka


KAKA-SKYLOS ANGELES, June 21- Orlando City, slated to begin play in Major League Soccer in 2015, said Friday it is in “advanced discussions” with Brazilian forward Kaka.

“Orlando City Soccer Club is in advanced discussions with Kaka,” the club said in a statement. “Pending completion of the potential player agreement, Kaka would join Orlando City SC in January 2015 prior to the Club’s first season in Major League Soccer.”

The statement follows multiple media reports on Thursday suggesting the 32-year-old — who didn’t make Brazil’s squad for the current World Cup — was headed to Florida.

According to the reports, the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner could possibly stay at AC Milan in Italy, where he played from 2003-09 and last season, until reporting to Orlando or go to Brazilian club Sao Paulo FC, where he began his pro career.

Orlando City and New York City FC — who have recruited Spain’s David Villa — will become the 20th and 21st teams competing in MLS in 2015.