In case you didn’t already know, Orlando City has quite a few stars away on international duty – and they’re making their Club proud.
Canadian forward Cyle Larin scored yet again last night, this time in Canada’s 4-0 win over Dominica at BMO Field in Toronto. He scored in the 41st minute with a gorgeous 20-yard strike to put the Canucks up, 2-0. The Reds took both games of the home-and-home against Dominica on a 6-0 aggregate to advance to the third round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. Larin had two goals – and drew a penalty – in the series
Larin now has a goal in eight of his last 12 games, including five for Orlando City and three for Canada. He is the first Canadian player since Dwayne DeRosario, Canada’s all-time leading scorer, to score three goals in as many games. Not bad for a kid who just turned 20 in April.
Over 2,100 miles away in San Salvador, Darwin Cerén and his El Salvadorian National Team took on St. Kitts and Nevis in the second leg of their World Cup Qualifier. The two teams were tied on aggregate after their first game, but Cerén quickly broke that tie in the second minute with his rip off the volley from the edge of the penalty area. El Salvador would cruise to a 4-1 victory to join Canada in the third round of qualifying.
It was the fastest goal scored by El Salvador to start a game since 2008.
Larin and Cerén will most likely be in their respective starting lineups when El Salvador faces Canada in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 8th in Carson, California. Both nations are in Group B, along with Costa Rica and Jamaica.
The United States will play Panama, Haiti, and Honduras in Group A. Their first game will be on July 7th against Honduras at Toyota Stadium – home of FC Dallas – in Frisco, Texas.