WATCH ABOVE: Cyle Larin became the first Canadian to be drafted number one at the Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile, Toronto FC signed Michigan State standout Jay Chapman to a homegrown contract and the Jermain Defoe saga is nearing its close. John Hadden reports.
PHILADELPHIA – Canadian teenager Cycle Larin has gone first overall to Orlando City SC in the MLS SuperDraft.
The 19-year-old forward from Brampton, Ont., was widely seen as the consensus No. 1 pick.
The question was whether expansion Orlando would hold onto the pick or trade it, with the Montreal Impact reportedly interested in making a deal.
The previous high for a Canadian drafted was midfielder Kyle Bekker, who was taken third overall by Toronto FC in 2013.
Larin scored 23 goals in 39 career games in his two years at UConn.
As an underclassman, he signed a Generation Adidas contract which will not count against Orlando’s salary cap.
Larin has already been capped three times by the Canadian national squad. He is currently in Jamaica with the Canadian under-20 team.