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New Year, New Cyle Larin for Orlando City?

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How will Larin step his game up in 2017 following 31 goals in his first two seasons in purple? We examine his game entering his third year in MLS.

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Cyle Larin has completed two full seasons with Orlando City and is entirely ready for a third. As the primary forward for the Lions, Larin has netted 31 goals in 59 games played. His average rate of scoring over the course of the two seasons has been a goal per 140 minutes played. While all of this has been wonderful, the past is the past and all we have to look forward to is the future.

So What Does 2017 Bring for Cyle Larin?

Larin has proven that he can be a goal scorer and with a midfield that included Kaká and is now adding Will Johnson, expectations should certainly rise. Larin is a target man up top as his size is undeniable, to say the least. Last season, Larin scored by way of header five times and won 38 aerial duels. Compared to similar players such as Fanendo Adi, Chris Wondolowski, and Bradley Wright-Phillips, Larin’s five headed goals led the pack.

Inside the box is where Larin is most competitively deadly. With 13 of his 14 goals in 2016 coming inside the 18-yard box, Larin will look to exact the same type of torment on opposing defenses in the upcoming season. The expectations for goals scored inside the 18 should remain about the same — right around the 12-15 range.

The expectation on goals is what should rise the most. After a brilliant rookie campaign where Larin netted 17 times, that number dropped this past season to 14 — even with over 500 more minutes being played. If Larin improves in scoring goals it will start with taking more shots. Compared to the same three players mentioned above, Larin had the fewest shots overall with a total of just 67 in ’16.

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Getting shots and opportunities for Larin will be key for talent like Kaká, Johnson, and Kevin Molino as the season nears. It will also be up to Larin to just simply shoot more often. Being a creator of chances is not his specialty and is an area that needs improvement. Larin created 21 chances last season and if he expects to score more, this number will need to be improved.

Larin stacks up really well to forwards across the league and, more importantly, has age in his favor. At only 21 years old, he has already proven to be one of the better scoring options in the league but still has a little way to go before being the best. As his third season comes and goes, we will look back on it as a pivotal one.

We should expect improvement and, with that, his projected 2017 season outlook should be as follows:

Goals: 18
Assists: 3
Shots: 74

We’ll see how the young Canadian compares to those projections later this year in the Lions’ first full season under Head Coach Jason Kreis.