Larin breaks MLS rookie goal-scoring record
Posted on 28 September 2015 in Awards & Recognition
It’s been a memorable year for young forward Cyle Larin. Now it’s one for the record books.
Larin, the first overall draft pick from the Major League Soccer (MLS) Superdraft earlier this year for Orlando City SC, scored his second hat-trick of the 2015 MLS season on Saturday 25 September to bring his goalscoring tally to 14 goals in his rookie season—breaking the MLS rookie goalscoring record (11) previously established by Damani Ralph in 2003.
In addition to being the first player to score two hat-tricks for an MLS expansion team, Larin is also the first rookie with two hat-tricks in his rookie season and, at 20-years-old, is the youngest player to have a pair of MLS hat-tricks.
Earlier this year, Larin was with Canada’s Men’s U-20 Team in Montego Bay, JAM, at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship when he found out he was going first overall in the SuperDraft. Though he was unable to attend the festivities, the video of Larin getting mobbed by his Canadian teammates at the official announcement was circulated widely.
Born and raised in Brampton, ON, Larin has already made 12 appearances with Canada's national "A" squad, including four matches in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. In September, he helped Canada eliminate Belize, advancing to the CONCACAF semi-final round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers that kick off on 13 November in Vancouver, BC.