Kaka admits he is feeling “sad” after he and his teammates failed to get Orlando City into the playoffs for a second season running.
Having been founded in 2013, making their debut as an MLS Franchise in 2015, the club were hoping to make an instant impact with their attractive location and Kaka was the club’s first signing, providing a significant statement of intent before even kicking off.
However, the 1-0 defeat to Montreal Impact has ended their playoff dreams for a second season running, leaving coach Jason Kreis to go back to the drawing board and will hope third time will be a charm for the Lions.
Designated Player Kaka spoke of his disappointment after the match, stating his belief that had they put in the kind of effort on display against Montreal throughout the season then they would’ve stood a fighting chance.
“We tried everything we could today,” he said. But really it is a little bit late to try [like this].
“We had a whole season, a lot of games when we didn’t try in the way we did in these last two games, so this is the lesson for me today. If we had fought like this [earlier], we would be in a better situation.”
Injuries have restricted Kaka’s involvement in Orlando’s season, although when called upon the Brazilian has always contributed.
The 34-year-old has scored eight goals, as well as chipping in with eight assists; an impressive return from a player who started just 21 matches this season.
He went on to admit that the mood in the locker room was one of real devastation but believes it will ultimately turn out to be a learning curve for all involved.
“It’s hard to put into words how bad it is, how sad we are, but now we have two games left and not having something to fight for is really, really sad”, Kaka added.
“You can look around [the locker room] and see how everyone feels, but it’s time for everyone to think about next season and what we can do better to change things.”