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Kaká Announces Retirement – Orlando City FC

Shae Beaudoin - Orlando City/mlsfemale
Official Orlando City Reporter

By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Well, it’s official. Ricardo Kaká has officially announced his retirement. Most recently, Kaká held the position of captain at Orlando City from the team’s inaugural season in 2015 up until the conclusion of the 2017 season, where he announced it would be his final year with the team.

At the time, it was unclear if he would continue to play. Though he made it clear it was his last MLS game, rumors flew that he would go play for a team in Brazil or perhaps head back overseas. He actually received (and turned down) offers from his former clubs, São Paulo and Milan. We can now put all rumors to rest, as Kaká took to social media today to announce that this chapter of his life is closing.

The 35-year old soccer star gave this brief but sweet message:

In his time with Orlando, Kaká made 75 appearances, scoring 24 goals and providing 22 assists. Prior to Orlando, the star also played for São Paulo, Milan, and Real Madrid, as well as made several appearances for the Brazilian National Team. He also made an appearance in the 2017 MLS All-Star Game.

His victories include one time FIFA Ballon D’Or winner, one time UEFA Best Player in Europe, one time FIFA World Cup winner, one time Champions League winner, one time Spanish Champion, two time Confederations Cup winner, three times Player of the Year and many more.

On behalf of the Orlando City community, I thank Kaká for all the time, effort, and hope he’s given us. There’s truly nothing like the spirit of Orlando City’s fans. I feel Kaká played a huge part of it, especially when he joined the fans in The Wall this past season following a Red Card suspension for foolish play with his former teammate, Aurelien Collin.

He will surely be missed. Wishing you the best in retirement, Kaká!

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Congratulations to Chris Rolfe: A Chicago Fire favorite retires from professional soccer

Nicole Hack - Chicago Fire/mlsfemale
Official Chicago Fire Reporter

By Nicole Hack // @nikhak

Today one of my all-time favorite Chicago Fire players, Chris Rolfe, has announced his retirement from professional soccer. By showcasing his passion for the game with his quick-footed talent, he allowed me to love the magic of the beautiful game more than I already did.

In Rolfe’s tenure with MLS, I was able to establish two amusing interactions with him:

2005:

The first time I met Rolfe was at a team Meet & Greet event. I was young (25) and awkward. Rolfe was a rookie and meeting fans was unfamiliar for him. I approached Rolfe not knowing what to say, “You’re my new favorite player.” He responded by staring at me blankly.

2017:

At the Chicago Fire’s 20th Anniversary party this year, I had the opportunity to chat briefly with Chris. I reminded him that he, along with DaMarcus Beasley, are my two favorite Fire players of all-time. I explained that I had finally found my third favorite Fire player, and I asked him to guess who it could be. In less than thirty seconds, he responded, “Michael de Leeuw?” And so, my admiration for Rolfe grew.

Without question, Rolfe has created countless memories with those who knew or supported him during his playing days. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors. He will always have a home in Chicago.

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