Major League Soccer’s 2018 regular season schedule is starting to shape and so is Orlando City’s along with it. The club announced that Orlando City will host D.C. United to start off next year’s regular season slate of games for the Lions on Mar. 3 at Orlando City Stadium. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.

Orlando City will be heading into its fourth season in the MLS and the meeting against D.C. United will be the eighth one between the clubs so far. The host Lions so far lead the series 4-3 and will have a chance to further increase their lead in the history between the two clubs.

In other news, midfielder Kaka announced his retirement from professional soccer on Monday, thus ending one of the most storied careers of all time. The former Lions midfielder suited up three seasons for Orlando City and also played for various other clubs, like AC Milan and Real Madrid, respectively. Kaka released a statement about his retirement from the game of soccer.

“I needed some time to think and make a very quiet decision, very calm and very conscious of what I would like for my professional life,” Kaka stated. “Then I asked some very close people – my parents, my brother, my girlfriend, and the wife of my brother, five people – I asked that the people do a period of prayers. And studying, seeing what happened at that moments, proposals. I went to Europe to see some games, to feel the excitement of the game there, where football really has its maximum point. And, very conscious, I arrived at the conclusion that it’s the moment to close my career as a professional player.”

In addition to the busy week, Orlando City announced on Monday it acquired defender RJ Allen from New York City FC in exchange for Orlando’s 2018 MLS SuperDraft third-round pick, and signed forward Stéfano Pinho, who was most recently with North American Soccer League side Miami FC. The Lions have also re-signed midfielder Dillon Powers.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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