Yet another dominant, dynamic player who became a star in Orlando and now is doing whatever he can to force his way out of town.
“Cyle needs to express his desires to us, not to a journalist,” Leitão said then. “… He knows exactly where my office is.”
At least Dwight Howard was just forcing his way out of town.
Under normal protocol, any international team wanting to sign a star MLS player who is under contract would have to negotiate and pay the MLS team a multi-million-dollar transfer fee. Except in the wild, wild world of international soccer, what might seem like a legally binding contract in one country and one league might not be considered a legally binding contract in another country and another league.
Email me at email@example.com. Hit me up on Twitter @BianchiWrites and listen to my Open Mike radio show every weekday from 6 to 9 a.m. on FM 96.9 and AM 740.
This ordeal is just the latest major embarrassment Larin has caused Orlando City. It started back during the summer when he was arrested on a DUI charge while traveling the wrong way on Orange Avenue. He was stopped only seconds before a possible head-on collision and was hit with a multi-game suspension by the league.
The only question now is how much in return will Orlando City get for him?