Kaka inspires Orlando comeback, Galaxy suffer first loss

Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:03pm EDT
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By Simon Evans

(Reuters) - Brazil's former World Player of the Year Kaka inspired Orlando City to fight back from a two goal deficit and earn a 2-2 draw at Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer on Saturday.

The ex-AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder set up one goal and then scored the equalizer as the MLS newcomers picked up a deserved point.

Orlando were missing seven players away on international duty and coach Adrian Heath was forced to shuffle his side for the game at the Olympic Stadium.

Montreal took the lead in the 14th minute with a penalty from Argentine Ignacio Piatti after Orlando's Irish international defender Sean St.Ledger handled inside the area.

The Impact extended their lead when Jack McInerney took advantage of confusion in the Orlando defense and lobbed City keeper Donovan Ricketts.

Orlando pulled a goal back in the 29th minute when Pedro Ribeiro fired home from close range after Kaka slipped the ball to him inside the area.

The Brazilian pair combined again just 90 seconds later when Ribeirio surged through the middle and found Kaka to his left who made no mistake with a confident side-foot finish.

"I honestly thought we were going to score again all evening, and I'm really delighted with the players attitude," said Heath. "Its been a difficult week for us with so many of the guys missing."   Continued...

Orlando City SC midfielder Kaka celebrates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Impact during the first half at the Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports