What Cyle Larin’s Arrest Means For Orlando City, MLS, And Himself

Cyle Larin Orlando City SC DUI

Kim Klement-USA Today Sports

Orlando City SC forward Cyle Larin has been arrested because of a DUI charge on June 15th around 2:30 in the morning. He blew a .179 and .182 on sobriety tests, way above the legal limit of .08. According to Deadspin, The #1 pick in the 2015 MLS Superdraft was pulled over by an officer after dangerously driving in the wrong lane.

Larin tried to lie to officer saying he’s from Toronto and he’s not from here and he didn’t have a drink all night. Eventually, Larin was taken to a nearby station where he was arrested and booked for DUI.

Now, there are three perspectives looking into this situation:

Orlando City:

The following statement is from Orlando City SC:

“Orlando City SC takes great pride in the way it represents the Orlando community and expects all players, coaches and all front office staff to uphold that standard at all times, both on and off the field. The club is very disappointed in Cyle Larin’s actions that resulted in this charge and does not take this situation lightly. We are working with local authorities, Major League Soccer and Cyle to take appropriate action in line with league protocol “.

Now with that out-of-the-way, Larin is arguably the team’s franchise player along with Kaka. Not knowing how many games Larin will miss, Orlando City is in a hole. The 22-year-old plays a crucial part in Orlando’s 4-4-2 formation, usually having a high work rate being the primary goal scorer.

Without his presence, Orlando City might have some trouble scoring goals as their 2nd best goal scorer statistically is Kaka, with only 3 goals. Orlando City need to buckle down and get some tough results in their next matches as they’ll face the Chicago Fire, Atlanta United and Toronto FC in the next upcoming weeks.


The following statement is from Major League Soccer:

” {Larin} He will not be eligible to participate in any competition or team activity until that assessment is complete, he is cleared for participation by the SABH Program doctors and MLS completes its investigation. Major League Soccer will remain in close communication with Orlando City SC, local law enforcement and the MLS Players Union during this investigation. “

At the moment, Larin will undergo an assessment by MLS’ Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health Program doctors. In MLS’s perspective, this is a huge blow for the league as Larin is widely considered to be one of the league’s best young players.

Incidents like this can ruin the league. Say what you want about the NFL being the best Ieague in America, but due to instances of domestic violence and drug use, the league has gained heavy backlash.

MLS doesn’t want that as they’ve only been in existence for over two decades and know how much great potential they have to rival European leagues in the future. They don’t want this to become a trend as it will ruin their brand.


Larin himself hasn’t addressed any media after his arrest but will in the near future. Obviously, he knows what he did was a big mistake as this could have ended his professional soccer career. After this, teams in Europe might not even want him because of this event even though he has tons of talent and potential.

People will attack him for this for his huge mistake and he knows it. That’s just how life works; people may not give Larin a 2nd chance because of this.


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