Monday 23rd April, 2018
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SAN JOSE, California -- As goals go, Kaka's late strike against the Colorado Rapids on April 29 was the soccer equivalent of a two-foot putt. Cyle Larin's shot had deflected off goalkeeper Zac MacMath, then off the post and rolled tantalizingly across the goal line. Kaka was left to tap the ball in and Orlando City's 2-0 victory over the Rapids was made safe.

Yet the Brazilian's euphoric celebration seemed to dwarf the goal's meaning. This is after all a Ballon d'Or and World Cup winner who has scored critical goals for some of the biggest clubs in the world, not to mention the Brazil national team. Yet Kaka leaped up onto the advertising boards, and was within easy reach of the capo stand in front of supporters' section of Orlando City Stadium.

After embracing the capo Ben-Hur style, Kaka let out a primal scream in celebration, as the frustration of an eight-week layoff due to a hamstring injury evaporated.

"It was a special game for me, because it was my first real game at the new stadium," Kaka said in an exclusive interview with ESPN FC. "I had eight minutes in the first game, got injured and after eight weeks I came back. When I scored that goal, it was just something that I really wanted. And I saw the supporters there and went into their arms to celebrate because I really felt that goal.

"I think it's more because I'd been out for eight weeks. You never know what the situation is when you're coming back. One day the injury hurts, the next you feel better. It's a hard period, but after that to score, it was just this emotion that came out. I just wanted to celebrate the goal, the win, everything."

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