Cyle Larin has been allowed to train and play for Orlando City SC. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
By Michael Lewis
Warning to other Major League Soccer clubs:
Cyle Larin is back.
On Tuesday the Canadian international was cleared to return to action by the league.
Following an assessment by the MLS’ Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program doctors, the Orlando City SC striker was allowed to return to his club as he continues participation in the program locally.
During the counseling, Larin is eligible for team activities and competitions, the league said.
It was not immediately known whether he will be selected by Canada for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Larin was on the team’s 40-man provisional roster.
On June 15, the 22-year-old scoring terror was arrested on a DUI charge.
At the time of his arrest, Larin had scored a team-high eight goals this season (including five game-winners), has feasted on both New York MLS teams, particularly New York City FC.
At the time of Larin’s arrest, Orlando City SC released a statement:
“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.”
Larin apologized the next day.
“I want to apologize to my family, fans, teammates, Orlando City and Canada Soccer for putting myself in this position,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’m sorry for the disappointment this has caused everyone. I always wish to live up to the high standards set by my club, Canada and my family. I will do everything possible to never place myself in this position again and regain everyone’s trust.”
According to WESH2, Larin was stopped around 2:30 a.m. June 15 by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who spotted his Cadillac entering Orange Avenue from the South Ivanhoe Boulevard ramp in the wrong direction, the arrest report said.
As Larin came to a stop, someone driving a Mercedes stopped in time to prevent a head-on crash, according to the arrest report.
According to troopers said Larin’s eyes were “extremely bloodshot and glassy.” The police also reported that there was an “obvious odor of alcoholic beverage omitting from the vehicle.”