Fresh off the exciting news that both Frank Lampard and David Villa are headed to MLS to join the expansion club New York City FC in 2015, more news is circulating that MLS will be welcoming more European soccer standouts.
I said before that the MLS will never be able to get a world-class player in his prime; that being said, Kaka is not far removed from his prime. At only 32 years old, he’s still a world-class talent, and he’s been a major contributor to AC Milan despite their lackluster 2013-14 season. Orlando City SC is his rumored destination. In 30 games, he put up seven goals and four assists. Those numbers aren’t exactly eye-popping, but it’s hard to deny Kaka’s talent.
The other player to be linked to an MLS move is former Manchester City captain Joleon Lescott, who was released by his club and turned down a move to Galatasaray. Lescott has been offered a contract by the Portland Timbers.
Just like Lampard and Villa, these two moves would be equally huge for MLS. Although MLS is miles behind the notoriety and prowess of just about every European League, moves like this are what’s going to help raise its credibility and increase other players’ desire to make a move to the league. While it will obviously be years before MLS can compete, if they ever do, these kind of signings will get them well on their way.