Cyle Larin’s days as a Lion might be numbered, according to many in Major League Soccer. Orlando City’s all-time leading goal scorer recently took a medical with Turkish club Beşiktaş and could be on his way out. The move comes as a surprise seeing that Larin’s contract has him in Orlando City until 2019.
Larin, who has scored 43 goals during his time in Orlando, was one of the few bright spots from what eventually became a disappointing 2017 campaign. Orlando City, whom held some high expectations after trading for midfielder Dom Dwyer from Kansas City, had Larin paired up with the former USF product.
Orlando Coty released a statement in response to Larin’s impending transfer and medical taken with Beşiktaş.
‘Orlando City SC is aware of the announcement made by Beşiktaş J.K. regarding forward Cyle Larin. The Club has not agreed to terms on a transfer of Larin and will take all necessary action against Beşiktaş in response to the announcement.
Larin remains under contract with Orlando City through 2019 and is expected to join his teammates at preseason camp later this month.‘
The 22-year-old Larin was selected first overall in the 2015 MLS Draft, brought his overall scoring mark with Orlando to 43 goals after finding the back of the 12 times in 2016. In teaming up with the likes of Dwyer and Kaka, who retired as a Lion after the 2017 campaign concluded.
After this past season, Larin expressed his desire to move abroad in the weeks after he was arrested on a DUI charge. Larin’s suspension lasted two games before returning to Orlando City during the season.
It has been an uneventful off-season so far for Orlando City, as the club has overseen the retirement of Kaka and now could be seeing Larin depart for play overseas. To cope with the potential loss of Larin, Orlando City has moved in on Paragurian midfielder Josue Colman as a young designated player to join the club.