The Major League Soccer season is at about the halfway mark and teams are fighting for position with the autumn’s playoffs fast approaching. However, one of the league’s stars, Cyle Larin, may not be a part of the postseason.
The Canadian striker is in the last year of his Orlando City contract, which expires on December 31st. Larin has attracted plenty of excitement from teams around Europe, and his eight goals this term have impressed coaches and scouts. According to Turkish media, Beskitas are highly interested in signing the player, and want to add him as a free agent.
One report out of Turkey indicated the club would like to sign Larin at the end of his contract, however, it has been indicated that Besiktas would attempt to negotiate a termination of his current deal in August. A termination would allow him to join up with the Turkish club ahead of the European season.
It is unlikely that Orlando City and MLS would allow Larin to terminate his contract early. Larin is far more valuable to the club, if he plays out the remaining months of his contract than to let him go now for free.
Larin has come under fire this season due to a drink-driving incident that occurred in June. The player was arrested for operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content higher than the legal limit. Larin hasn’t scored a goal since early June, prior to his infraction
Orlando City have been trying to work out a deal for Sporting Kansas City’s Dominic Dwyer, who is also in the last season of his current contract in MLS. Dwyer has had a very successful MLS career and recently became a member of the US national team after being granted US citizenship.
Larin’s deal to Turkey, or to anywhere else in Europe, could hinge on Orlando’s ability to acquire Dwyer.
Cyle Larin 2017 key stats:
- 8 goals in 18 MLS matches
- 1 assist in 18 MLS matches
- 2.2 shots per match
- fouled 2.1 times per match