Congratulations to Cyle Larin who is the first Brampton native to be drafted into the MLS and the first ever Canadian to be drafted in at first pick.
The six-foot-two striker attended St. Edmund Campion High School before joining Sigma FC in the Ontario Soccer League. During his time at Sigma, Larin trialed with many clubs across Europe, most notably, Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg, and Club Brugge. After drawing no attention during his trials, Larin chose to attend the University of Connecticut, where his goal tally amounted to 14 goals in 23 appearances in his first year. He earned the title of Freshman of the Year and, was named in the “Conference All-Rookie Team” for his eye-catching performances.
Currently, Larin has joined up with his new club Orlando City FC and has also earned a call-up to the Canada U-20 National Team. It is yet to be seen if he can continue his goal scoring threat in the MLS and possibly earn a place on the Men’s National Team. Nonetheless, Brampton soccer supporters will now have another reason to be excited.