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 By Paul Tenorio

Larin's protracted Besiktas move has wide-ranging consequences for MLS

The Cyle Larin saga ended with a pithy press release announcing an official transfer from Orlando City to Besiktas, but Major League Soccer may have solved one problem while starting another.

The drama this offseason commenced with the picture of Larin, still under contract in MLS, wearing a Besiktas jersey on the Turkish team's official Twitter page. In reality, this transfer saga started shortly after Larin's rookie season and culminated on Tuesday with an undisclosed transfer fee, an MLS league...

Cyle Larin trains with Besiktas with Orlando contract in dispute

Max and Herc are in California for MLS Media Day, where they chat with Sacha Kljestan, fresh off his move to Orlando City, and 2017 Golden Boot winner Nemanja Nikolic.

The ongoing drama regarding Cyle Larin's desire to move Turkish club Besiktas took another turn earlier on Tuesday, as video surfaced of him training with the club, all while Orlando City kept insisting the Canada international is still under contract with the MLS side.

At issue is whether Orlando's club option for 2018 that was written into Larin's MLS contract is valid. Orlando officially picked up Larin's option for this season last November and said Larin signed a document last year acknowledging...

Orlando City objects to Besiktas' claims of deal with Cyle Larin

Orlando City striker Cyle Larin has yet to complete his move from to Besiktas, despite the Turkish club tweeting photos of the striker wearing the club's jersey and undergoing a physical.

It appeared the young Canadian's expected move overseas was imminent, but Orlando said in a statement that it "has not agreed to terms on a transfer of Larin and will take all necessary action against Besiktas in response to the announcement.

"Larin remains under contract with Orlando City through 2019 and is expected...


Orlando City striker Cyle Larin says he's leaving MLS for Europe

Cyle Larin is leaving Orlando City to explore a move to Europe, the striker confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday.

Larin, 22, just completed his third season in MLS after Orlando failed to qualify for the the playoffs. He scored 43 goals in 87 league games with the Lions.

A move to Europe this winter always appeared likely, with Larin entering the first of two option years on his contract, and the Canada international said he was ready to move on.

"I think I'm at the right place to go play...

 By Matt Pentz

Young stars show MLS' growth but next step is for league to let them leave

In the past, Major League Soccer clung to what it had with white-knuckled fists.

If you were a promising young player -- particularly a promising young American player -- good luck convincing the powers that be to let you chase your European dreams. If you were an agent representing an accomplished veteran, that meant the league coveted your interest, no matter the veteran's age or how far removed he was from his prime.

As the league continues to grow in quality and self-esteem, both dynamics...


Cyle Larin cleared to return for Orlando City after DUI arrest

Striker Cyle Larin has been cleared to play for Orlando City following his arrest for drunken driving earlier this month.

Larin was stopped by Florida Highway Patrol on June 15 for driving the wrong way in Orlando and nearly causing a head-on collision, about three miles from Orlando City's stadium. 

The 22-year-old was assessed by the league's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) program and is now "eligible for team activities and competitions," MLS said, while continuing to participate...