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Kaka recalled to Brazilian National Team for first time since March 2013

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After missing out on both the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup, Kaka is back with the Selecao.

The Orlando City midfielder, who is currently on loan with Brazilian side Sao Paulo FC, has been called up to the Brazilian National Team by new manager Dunga as an injury replacement for midfielder Ricardo Goulart, the younger brother of LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho.

The 32-year former World Player of the Year will join his teammates for a pair of Asian-based friendlies, as Brazil take on rivals Argentina Oct. 11 in Beijing, China before facing Japan on Oct. 14 in Singapore.

The call up will mark the Kaka’s first selection since March 2013, when then-manager Luiz Felipe Scolari brought in the former Real Madrid star for friendlies against Italy and Russia.

Kaka, who signed on as Orlando City’s first player back in June, has scored one goal in thirteen games while on loan with Sao Paulo.

What do you think of Kaka’s call up? Excited to see him play for Brazil again?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. ouch, but then he says this:

    “Then I moved to Orlando not because of football, but because I wanted to live in a new country and know a new culture.”

    here is the article:

    http://gianlucadimarzio.com/en/calciomercato/brazil-kaka-i-didnt-move-to-orlando-because-of-football-its-not-easy-to-be-called-up-by-dunga/

    given the context, it’s not exactly what you want to hear from the top-paid MLS player. at the same time, it’s not really THAT surprising because it’s true.

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    • Yea, that can be a red flag. However, if he shows up and puts in the expected effort (with positive results) then I think an individual’s motivation is their own.

      Everyone around here praises honesty from players (even when it’s cringe worthy) so I’m sure he’ll get rave reviews by fellow MLS fans for stating his reasoning.

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      • for sure. personally, this doesn’t bother me. the Brazilian national team isn’t going to call up MLS players right now. unless there is some exception like there was with Julio.

        like you said, all that matters is when he gets here, he works hard and plays well.

    • It doesn’t bother me either, but it does sound different from David Villa’s “I’m really excited to help build something new and special.”

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    • If you’re going to qualify Kaka as being a USL Pro League player based on his parent club/while on loan, then Julio Cesar would have been an EPL player based on his parent club/while on loan. Not an MLS player.

      With that said, Brazil has definitely fallen.

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