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.
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.
National Team: El Salvador
- vs. Honduras 3/25
- @ Honduras 3/29
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.
National Team: Trinidad and Tobago
- @ St. Vincent and the Grenadines 3/25
- vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 3/29