Orlando City striker Cyle Larin was arrested Thursday morning and booked on DUI charges after police stopped the 22-year-old driving the wrong direction on Orange Avenue near Ivanhoe Boulevard in Orlando.
BREAKING: Orlando City Soccer forward Cyle Larin was arrested early Thursday on a DUI charge, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.— David Harris (@DavidHarrisOS) June 15, 2017
According to Orange County Corrections, Larin was booked at 5:10 a.m. ET Thursday morning, hours after Orlando City’s 3-1 U.S. Open Cup loss to Miami FC in which Larin was not included in the 18-man squad. The Canadian blew a .179, which is over twice the legal limit of .08 for blood alcohol content.
“Orlando City SC takes great pride in the way it represents the Orlando community and expects all players, coaches and front office staff to uphold that standard at all times, both on and off the field,” the club said in an official statement Thursday afternoon. “The Club is very disappointed in Cyle Larin’s actions that resulted in these charges 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 is Orlando City’s leading scorer since the club joined MLS in 2015, and leads the Lions in goals once again in 2017 with eight through 15 games this season — tied with seven other players for the third-highest tally in MLS. For his career, the third-year forward has registered 39 goals and four assists in 74 appearances for Orlando.
MLS players charged with DUI must go through and complete the league’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program before returning to the field, per the MLS constitution. The league outlined its protocol as part of the official release along with Orlando City.
Larin will not be eligible to participate in any competition or team activity, until that assessment is complete, and he is cleared for participation by the SABH Program doctors, and Major League Soccer completes its investigation. Major League Soccer will remain in close communication with Orlando City SC, local law enforcement, and the MLS Players Union during this investigation.
Similar cases in the past, like that of Philadelphia Union forward C.J. Sapong in 2015, have resulted in three-game suspensions, and Larin would be out until at least June 30 against Real Salt Lake if that were the case for his absence in the SABH program.
Here is the official arrest report from Orange County.
We will update this story with more details as they become available.