The 32-year old Brazilian attacking midfielder has been handed the captain's armband for the expansion club's debut campaign in the USA and Canada's top flight and the announcement gave head coach Adrian Heath great pleasure.
"Kaka has demonstrated great leadership both on the field and in the locker room since the start, and the other players have naturally looked to his guidance throughout preseason so he was the natural pick to skipper the club," said Heath in a club statement.
"Ricky's role will extend off the pitch as well, serving as the team's liaison with the front office and coaching staff on all player-related concerns to ensure we provide the best possible environment for the players to train, develop and succeed personally and professionally."
Former Real Madrid and AC Milan star Kaka signed with Orlando City as a Designated Player in June last year and linked up with the Florida club for pre-season training earlier this year after completing a loan spell with his first professional club Sao Paulo.
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