T&T midfielder Kevin Molino is buzzing with enthusiasm as he prepares to team up with Brazilian World Cup hero Kaka at Orlando City in American Major League Soccer (MLS) next season.
Molino, now one of the starting midfielders for Orlando in the USL, has already met with the former Real Madrid star at the club and is already counting down the months until they join forces next season.
The 32-year-old Kaka was unveiled downtown Orlando on Tuesday and is the club’s first MLS designated player.
“It’s great to see the World Cup and Champions League winner coming to Orlando City,” Molino said. “I can’t wait for next season to reach. The chance to train and play alongside a legend from Brazil is a massive step for me and for the club.”
Kaka signed a 3.5-year contract with the Lions for an undisclosed amount of money.
He said, “I said a few times that one day I'd like to play in America, in MLS. This thing started in 2012, when Flavio said they had this dream to buy a team and build an amazing thing in America.”
His relationship with club owner Flavio Augusto da Silva was a major factor in the player joining the US club.
For Molino, he intends to take everything from his time with the player, who won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2007 awards in 2007. After his success with AC Milan, Kaka joined Real Madrid for a transfer fee of £65 million. He was a member of the 2002 Brazil World Cup winning team.
“For me personally I think this can only help me to become a better player. I am really happy I made the decision to stay at the club because this is a big period in my career. You can learn a lot by observing and training with great players like I did with guys like Russell Latapy and Dwight Yorke. But now I have the chance to play with Kaka. That’s a big deal for me.
This can hopefully help me as a player when it comes to putting on a great performance for the national team in our effort to reach Russia 2018. All our players can develop from every bit of experience they get all year round,” Molino said.