One of Major League Soccer’s rising stars is building up his impressive career for Orlando City, and becoming a name to remember for anyone who’s watching the Lions’ games on a regular basis.

Orlando City forward Cyle Larin after last Saturday’s goal against the Montreal Impact, became the youngest player in MLS history to reach 40 goals. Larin, who is just 22 years old, has raced on to the scene for Orlando City and from the get go had been an impactful player at one of the attacking positions.

Larin, who also plays internationally for the Canadian men’s national team, has been one of the bright spots for Orlando City despite having to miss a couple of games due to a brief suspension. The expectations were certainly high for Larin when he was drafted No. 1 overall by Orlando City back in 2015, and the forward has certainly delivered on his offensive firepower.

It was Larin’s rookie campaign that has seen the Canadian national score his most goals, netting 17 of them in 2015. In 2014, Larin scored 17 goals and this season has put away nine in the back of the net. There’s been little to no doubt that Larin has become a prolific goal scorer in the MLS, but will now share the spotlight with former Sporting KC star Dom Dwyer.

The Lions current skid is now at 1-4-1 and many of those problems are contributed to Orlando City’s lack of scoring and Larin is hoping to finish out the second half of the season strong. The former AT&T Rookie of the Year winner must form some kind of continuity with Dwyer, as the Lions head into New York City this weekend to face the New York Red Bulls.

Saturday’s game is the third road contest in a row, as Orlando City has already faced Atlanta United FC and Montreal, respectively.

 

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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