Orlando City boss Jason Kreis says his side’s 2-1 win over New York City FC should resemble no form of revenge on his part, having been sacked by the club last year.
Kaka scored twice as the Lions continued their pursuit of the playoffs and now sit just one point behind 6th-placed side DC United, but Kreis admits there’s still room for improvement to be made as they search to be ‘perfect’.
“It wasn’t a perfect night. We are after perfect,” said Kreis.
“The importance of the win has nothing to do with the opponent.
“It wasn’t about me, it’s about the performance of the team and what the guys are willing to do. So I’m really pleased for the players, they are the ones who deserve the credit.”
Kaka opened the scoring on the half hour mark, before Steven Mendoza restored parity ten minutes into the second half.
However, the Brazilian then restored his side’s one-goal advantage from the penalty spot and the scores remained the same to end Orlando’s to end their four-match streak without a win and Kreis reserved plenty of praise for his captain after the game.
“In MLS you need your DPs to perform in order for the team to do well, you need those players to do well.”
After finishing 7th last season – consequently missing out on the playoffs – Orlando will be desperate to make a run to the playoffs this year but will know that the fitness of their talisman Kaka will be crucial in helping them do so.