Another Canadian soccer player is making a name for himself overseas. Cyle Larin scored four goals for the Besiktas Black Eagles of Turkey in a 6-0 victory over visiting Caykur Rizespor in Istanbul on Jan. 6.
Larin, a 25-year-old forward from Brampton, has scored 10 goals this season, and shares the Turkish scoring lead. Besiktas leads the Turkish Super Lig standings at 11-4-1. Rizespor stands 12th at 5-6-5.
Larin’s talent was on display as he scored in the 19th, 31st, 79th, and 83rd minutes. All of his goals were the result of defensive blunders by the Rizespor defenders and goalkeeper.
Larin played at the University of Connecticut in 2013 and 2014 before he was chosen first overall by Orlando in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. He scored 17 goals in his rookie year and won the MLS rookie of the year award. His 17 goals remain a rookie scoring record.
In 2018, Larin, left MLS with 43 goals in 87 games and went to Europe.
One of many talented players to play with Sigma FC of Mississauga, Larin has played in 31 international games for Canada, with 19 starts, and eight goals.
Source: The Canadian Press, University of Connecticut Huskies