MLS: New York, Orlando kick off debut seasons with draw

ORLANDO (AFP) - Brazil great Kaka scored off a free kick, as expansion clubs Orlando City and New York City kicked off their Major League Soccer debut seasons by playing to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Mix Diskerud scored 14 minutes from the end of regulation to give New York a 1-0 lead. But Kaka's deflection found the back of the net in the second minute of stoppage time for Orlando, who controlled the play for the majority of the contest at the Citrus Bowl stadium.

Sunday's game was brought to a brief halt in the 14th minute, when a foul by Seb Hines sent New York goalkeeper Josh Saunders hard into the post. But Saunders stayed in the match and was able to keep Orlando off the scoreboard until the stoppage time.

Orlando now aim to build upon the draw with a contest against Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday.

New York plays its home opener against the New England Revolution at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.