Canadian worldwide Cyle Larin, a young MLS forward seen destined for European soccer glory, instead found himself in jail Thursday after being arrested on a drunk-driving charge.
The Sentinel reported that Florida Highway Patrol officers said Larin was with a female passenger, and had been told by the pair that they were coming from Club ONO in downtown Orlando.
Larin, who said he has lived in Orlando for three years, told the trooper that he was unfamiliar with the area.
He was booked into Orange County jail.
Under the league's collective bargaining agreement, Larin will have to undergo an assessment by MLS' Substance Abuse and Behavioural Health Program doctors. Another vehicle just avoided a head-on collision with Larin's Cadillac.
The trooper described his eyes as bloodshot and glossy and said that the vehicle smelled of alcohol, the report said. There has been no official word yet on his status as far as Canada's upcoming Gold Cup campaign is concerned. He registered a blood alcohol concentration of.179 and.182, according to the report.
Orlando City SC confirmed the charge but said it would not be making a comment until later in the day when it had spoken to its player.
"Mr. Larin continued to change his answers", the officer said.
Larin earned his 20th cap for Canada on Tuesday in a 2-1 win over Curacao in Montreal.
"We are working with local authorities, Major League Soccer and Cyle to take appropriate action in line with league protocol". This season he has notched eight goals, tied for third-best in the league, in 15 matches.