by Andrew Doulton - 21st February
Cyle Larin - Rookie of the Year
The first of two strikers that I am calling out is Canada’s Cyle Larin, who is probably Canada’s best prospect for the future. Larin was born April 17th 1995 in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
Larin career seems to have been all go since just the age of 11 when Larin joined private side Sigma FC in the Ontario Soccer League. During his time with Sigma FC he went on to travel Europe spending time training with the likes of Werder, Hertha Berlin, Wolfsburg, Genk and Club Brugge. His Technical Director at Sigma was reported to have said, “Cyle is a rare player to find in Canada, a complete and modern striker able to play with both feet, finish from all areas’
After an impressive year playing at the University of Connecticut scoring 14 in 23 games he was touted as one of the best players in the 2014 MLS Draft, however he went on to join Sigma FC that summer in league 1. The following year he would go on to be predicted as the number 1 draft should he stay in the MLS and not move to Europe. It was Orlando City who had the first draft pick and manage to acquire his signature.
In his first season within the MLS he managed to net an incredible 17 goals in 26 games. This is quite some achievement for a player who is playing his first full season within the MLS, he even managed to score a hat-rick against New York City FC. It is not just at club level where Larin is progressing well as he is now a first choice striker for the Canadian national team.
Standing at 6ft 2, Larin is a very strong player who is very good at holding the ball up. For a tall player he seems to be very good at finding his teammates with a pass. He also possesses a decent amount of pace and a very good eye for goal, which should set him up for a very productive career.
In summary for a country that has struggled to develop quality players, Canada could have found a player that could keep the goals flowing for years to come. At club level he is reported to be gaining attention once more from Europe, but also from the Mexican league due to his very impressive first season. He has also gone on claimed the Rookie of the Year award, and set the new goal scoring record for a Rookie. Whether he stays in the MLS for the foreseeable future or someone takes a gamble on Larin in Europe. If he continues on this trajectory, there is no reason why he can not go on to become a top class striker in World Football.