Orlando has the Magic, Disney World and the best USL PRO team in the country. What more could they want?

How about a Major League Soccer franchise.

Orlando City SC will become the 21st MLS team, beginning competition in America’s top soccer league in 2015.

The day after the announcement, head coach Adrian Heath joined MLS legends John Harkes and Jimmy Conrad on SiriusXM FC’s Counter Attack to talk about what he called, the “worst kept secret for the last couple of months.”

“We’re going to need some help with people who know about putting the roster together and working with the salary cap because all that’s new,” Heath explained.

Since the team arrived in Orlando, attendance has risen each year. In a young and vibrant city, ownership feels they can succeed where past MLS teams have failed.

There have been varying levels of success for expansion teams during their inaugural season in Major League Soccer. Chivas USA won just four games in 2005, while the Chicago Fire won both the U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup in 1998 under Bob Bradley. Heath said a realistic goal for Orlando is to be in the playoffs in 2015. Thus, the only success that matters is on the pitch. And there are already rumors about the team signing Brazilian midfielder, Kaka.

“One thing Flavio [Augusto da Silva, one of the owners] has been very clear about is that when we join the league, we will have a designated player, and chances are it will be a Brazilian,” Heath said. “The fact [is] that Kaka has worked with Flavio over the last few years — they are very good friends — and he came down to see us this year at the training grounds … I think it would be a bit premature to definitely say it’s going to be him, but that’s the type of player we’re looking to bring in.”

As for the rest of the players who are currently on the Lions’ roster, the 2014 USL PRO season will be a massive tryout.

“I know it’s a bit harsh. We won the league this year and two days later we cut 14-15 players because we have to be looking at players we think can make that jump with us. We’ve got two progressive owners and they want us to be competitive from day one,” Heath explained.

Another city that could join Orlando in hosting an MLS team is Miami, as David Beckham continues to pursue the ownership of a club in South Beach. That would give the team a natural rival, a driving force of popularity for the sport in America as well as overseas, said Heath.

You only have to look at what’s happening up in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver [that trio forms the Cascadia Cup teams] to see [how it generates] incredible interest in the game. If Miami came in, it would be great for us.

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