MLS star on wrong side of road before DUI: 'I'm from Canada'

Posted June 18, 2017

Orlando City Soccer Club forward Cyle Larin was arrested early Thursday in Orlando and charged with driving under the influence, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

A Florida Highway Patrol report alleges Larin was proceeding the wrong way on an avenue north of downtown Orlando when cops pulled him over.

Larin also tried to play the "I'm Not From Here" card - saying he's from Toronto and he didn't know which side of the road to drive on. He was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail, where he blew a.179 and.182 during breathalyzer tests, troopers said. He will undergo an assessment by MLS' Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health ("SABH") Program doctors pursuant to the SABH Policy.

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The Canadian Soccer Association did not directly address the issue, saying only in a brief statement: "Canada Soccer is aware and understands the situation now involving Cyle Larin in Orlando. We are working with local authorities, Major League Soccer and Cyle to take appropriate action in line with league protocol". He admitted to having been to a nightclub but said that he had not had any alcoholic drinks despite his "bloodshot and glossy" eyes, slurred speech and an odour of alcohol on his person.

Considering his reported state and driving the wrong way, it's great that Larin was stopped by police before anything horrific happened.

"He stated he was unfamiliar with the area and not from around here", troopers wrote. The team had no immediate comment.

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Orlando City are expected to release a statement later today. He had 14 in 2016 and eight so far this season, which leads the team.

Larin was named Rookie of the Year in 2015 and the No. 1 MLS player under 24 years old last year.

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