Pato signs 1-year contract with MLS’s Orlando City

<p>ORLANDO, Fla. &mdash; Former AC Milan star Pato signed a one-year contract with Major League Soccer’s Orlando City.</p>
<p>The team said Saturday that the 31-year-old Brazilian forward will join the team after receiving a U.S. visa and an international transfer certificate.</p>
<p>“The experience that Pato brings with him will be invaluable to the Club,” Orlando executive vice president of soccer operation Luiz Muzzi said in a statement. “Pato is a high-calibre player, and we’re excited to add another great target up top.”</p>
<p>Pato’s full name is Alexandre Rodrigues da Silva and his nickname is Portuguese for “Duck.”</p>
<p>He has played for Brazil’s Internacionale (2006-07), AC Milan (2007-13), Corinthians (2013-14), São Paulo (2014-15, 2019-20), Chelsea (2015-16), Villarreal (2016-17) and China’s Tianjin Quanjian (2017-18).</p>
<p>Pato scored 10 goals in 27 appearances for Brazil from 2008-13, including at the 2011 Copa America.</p>
<p>He follows Kaká, a former AC Milan star and Brazilian midfielder who played for Orlando City from 2014-17. Kaká was the 2007 FIFA Player of the Year.</p>
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