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Orlando City Players to Watch During the International Break

As MLS hits the international break, Orlando City will have three players represent the club in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches. We've got the low down on Cyle Larin, Darwin Ceren, Kevin Molino and the countries they'll be fighting for this week.

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While Orlando City has played only three games, it's already time to hit pause on the 2016 MLS season for the first international break of the year. Three Orlando City stars have departed Central Florida to represent their countries in World Cup qualifying matches, giving supporters a chance to watch these players compete on the biggest stage in soccer. We've got everything you need to know to keep track of Cyle Larin, Darwin Ceren and Kevin Molino during the international break.

Cyle Larin

National Team: Canda


  • vs. Mexico 3/25
  • at Mexico 3/29

Larin might just be Canada's most promising young footballer in a generation, and he's already allowed fans of Les Rouges to dream about the country's first World Cup appearance since 1986. Canada currently sits in position to advance from the group stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, after a massive 1-0 victory over Honduras and a road point against El Salvador, but this week will go a long way towards punching the Canadians' ticket to the Hex.

Home and away games against Group A favorite Mexico give Canada the chance to distance themselves from the other countries in their group, as Larin is expected to play a huge role in both games. He previously paired with Tosaint Ricketts in the Canadian attack and scored the winner against Honduras, though "scored" might be overstating it. Take a look:

Considering the country's World Cup hopes rest squarely upon Larin's right boot, Canada could be a fun team for Orlando City fans to follow through qualifying this year.

Darwin Ceren

National Team: El Salvador


  • vs. Honduras 3/25
  • @ Honduras 3/29
Another CONCACAF nation trying to break a decades-long World Cup drought, El Salvador's hopes of qualifying for Russia are a little more perilous. After being rolled by Mexico 3-0 at Estadio Azteca and settling for a home point against Canada, La Selecta will need to make up some ground against Honduras.

They'll have a shot with Darwin Ceren anchoring the midfield, as the reigning MLS Latino Player of Year is arguably the best player on the squad. At least he's the only national team member currently playing in MLS.

He's already opened his 2018 WCQ account with a goal against Saint Kitts and Nevis, scoring a cheeky one timer off a corner kick.

If El Salvador can't pick up at least one victory against Honduras, the nation's World Cup hopes are basically done, so look for Ceren to be a potential difference-maker this week.

Kevin Molino

National Team: Trinidad and Tobago


  • @ St. Vincent and the Grenadines 3/25
  • vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 3/29
Trinidad and Tobago is the smallest nation to ever qualify for the World Cup, doing so for the first and only time in 2006. They have a decent shot to reach at least the Hex this season, playing in a group that will pretty much come down to whoever drops points against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

T&T will get its shot at the CONCACAF minnows this week, and two wins could even allow the island nation to leapfrog the United States in Group C. Expect the Soca Warriors to get a boost from Kevin Molino's return to the Starting XI, following his season-ending injury in 2015.

Molino's 12 international goals are second only to former Sunderland, Stoke City, and Bournemouth striker Kenwyne Jones on T&T's active roster. He'll be expected to add to that total in what should be two lopsided matches this week.