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The Rundown on the Larin Situation

Shae Beaudoin - Orlando City/mlsfemale
Official Orlando City Reporter

By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Social media has been in an uproar this week concerning Orlando City’s forward, Cyle Larin. The former MLS Combine draft pick has been rumored to be leaving the club for some time now, but following the 2017 season, Orlando exercised his contract option to keep him on board until 2019. 

That should be the end of this book for now, but earlier this week, the Turkish club Besiktas posted a tweet and images announcing their acquisition of Larin.

Cue laws broken. 

Orlando City released an official statement stating that “The Club has not agreed to terms on a transfer of Larin and will take all necessary action against Beşiktaş in response to the announcement. Larin remains under contract with Orlando City through 2019 and is expected to join his teammates at preseason camp later this month.”

It is rumored that Orlando City has hired Marcos Motta as their attorney in the case. The Club has a solid case, as Larin is not a free agent and legally under contract. Besiktas will see a backlash from this announcement, but Larin and his agents may see fallout as well. Reports have stated they’ve acted separately from the club on numerous occasions when discussing potential transfers for Larin. Larin and his agents have spoken over the past year as if he would be a free agent following the 2017 season, so it’s safe to say no one assumed his option would be exercised. 

Larin has discussed a move overseas for the past year, which was only further fueled by City signing Dom Dwyer midway through the 2017 season. The Club is aware that Larin wishes to move, and have stated they will not get in his way. After all, what good would it be to have a player who doesn’t want to be here? However, since the Club does have Larin under contract, they are entitled to a transfer fee if anyone wishes to acquire the forward. Orlando City and Besiktas have agreed to no such fee. 

What are your thoughts? Should Larin stay with the club or should we trade him?

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Orlando City Fills Up 3 Roster Spots

Shae Beaudoin - Orlando City/mlsfemale
Official Orlando City Reporter

By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

We’ve been faced with radio silence from Orlando City SC following the deadline for options. With 12 spots opening up as a result of Kaká’s retirement, expired contracts, and declined options, fans have been left begging for news. Finally, our answers came yesterday.

First up, City signed Miami FC striker Stefano Pinho. Miami, you might recall, is on the shortlist for the next MLS expansion team and beat Orlando City 3-1 during last year’s Open Cup. Oh yeah, and all 3 of those goals were scored by Pinho. If you can’t beat ‘em, sign ‘em. Pinho will likely fill the attacking position left behind by Kaká.

The second player is R. J. Allen, previous right back for NYCFC. Allen joined NYCFC halfway through their inaugural season in 2015, started a majority of games in 2016, but saw a little less field time in 2017. While I feel Orlando set up a pretty solid defensive line at the start of last season, injuries messed us up on more than one occasion, so maybe this addition to our backline will be the extra push we need. Orlando City gained R. J. Allen, NYCFC gained third-round draft pick for the SuperDraft (January 19, 2018).

And to conclude today’s announcements, City resigned Dillon Powers. We picked up Powers partway through the 2017 season, as a trade from the Colorado Rapids, but we didn’t see much out of him. He only made 6 appearances this season, some of which were just in the final minutes of the second half, so I don’t think we really got to see what Powers has to offer.

Initially, Orlando City declined his option for the 2018 season. But perhaps due to recent budget increases across MLS, City was able to renegotiate his contract to keep him on board. Hopefully next season we can see what he’s got.

To wrap this up, though it’s not signing news, Monday also brought about the announcement that Orlando City Stadium is going to host the MLS Player Combine. The Combine is where all the fresh, young talent shows what they’ve got in hopes of being included in the draft. We’re talking college players, high school players and international players.

They will be performing in front of representatives of all 22 clubs, including next year’s newbie, LAFC, in January ahead of the MLS SuperDraft. This Combine is what landed Cyle Larin as the number one draft pick in 2015.

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Defy Expectations – Orlando City SC

Shae Beaudoin - Orlando City/mlsfemale
Official Orlando City Reporter

By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Introduction time! I’m Shae (Shy-Aye, not Shea) and I am so excited to be the new Orlando City Official Reporter for MLSFemale!

Soccer has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I played defense from youth through high school until a foot injury ended that dream for me, so then I started following the pros (and some not so pros – Go UVA Cavs!). For the longest, I only paid attention to overseas, Real Madrid specifically and the World Cup teams. Then Orlando joined the MLS and I jumped in head first and never looked back.

It was kind of like fate. My favorite color has always been purple and, despite growing up in New York, I knew from age 15 I wanted to be in Orlando. When I moved in 2013, I fell in love with the city. And then I found out about Orlando City, who just so happened to be purple (which is not your typical jersey color). It struck me as my time to get involved with MLS.

I’ve been a diehard ever since, attending as many home games as physically possible. I’ve been known to scour Central Florida for a place to watch away games. I even celebrated my birthday last year out in Las Vegas and went searching for anywhere that would let me watch an out of market game. (We lost 4-0 to Houston but hey).

That’s just a quick intro to me! I look forward to sharing Orlando City news with you all and making new connections! I can be found on pretty much any social media network at @shaeeliz. Come by and say hey!

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