After the match Orlando City forward Cyle Larin sprays his face down with water after the team’s MLS soccer match against the Columbus Crew on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.Larin has been cleared to return by Major League Soccer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP- Willie J. Allen Jr.

Larin told he can expect Canada recall

TORONTO — Cyle Larin’s absence from the Canadian soccer team could be a short one.

Coach Octavio Zambrano said Wednesday that he plans to recall the Orlando City star striker for the knockout stage of the Gold Cup.

The 22-year-old from Brampton, Ont., arrested June 15 for drunk-driving in Florida, was not part of Zambrano’s 23-man roster released Tuesday. But teams are allowed to make six changes after the group phrase of the CONCACAF championship, providing the players involved were named to the squad’s 40-man preliminary roster — as Larin was.

Zambrano said Larin will be one of those changes, should the team progress.

“We communicated that to Cyle at the onset of this unfortunate incident,” Zambrano said. “We gave him our support, obviously. He made a mistake but we want to help our guys, to help our athletes overcome this type of situation.”

Zambrano said he told Larin he would give him the qualifying round “to sort things out.”

Eight of the 12 Gold Cup teams qualify for the knockout quarter-finals — the top two teams in each of the three groups and the two best third-place teams.

On Monday, MLS cleared Larin to return to action following an assessment by the league’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program as mandated in the collective bargaining agreement.

Larin has five goals in 14 appearances for Canada. A former MLS rookie of the year, he 39 goals in 74 regular season appearances.

Orlando has gone 0-1-2 in Larin’s absence.

Zambrano said Simeon Jackson was another candidate to be added to the roster if Canada advances.

The coach also said Orlando midfielder Will Johnson was initially on the 23-man roster.

“But we had a very frank, honest conversation. He feels that he needs to rest his knee a little bit. He has had some discomfort. Nothing major but he felt he needed to get some therapy.”

Given the travel involved with the tournament, the decision was made not to include the 43-cap veteran.

“He will be, obviously, called up in the future,” said Zambrano. “He’s very much part of the program.”

Zambrano said he left FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele off the roster with an idea to calling him up for the Jamaica friendly in Toronto on Sept. 2.

“We need to rotate our players,” he said. “We can’t get right now locked in a group of players. We are bringing in different players at different times in order to see everyone. Because once (2022 World Cup) qualifiers come, we will have to have a pretty good inventory of what we’ve got on our hands.”

“Tesho is part of that,” he added. “Him, Marcus Haber, Nik Ledgerwood and other players that haven’t been part of these early activities, so to speak, (they) will see activity once we start to play other games.”

Zambrano said he elected not to pick midfielder Kianz Froese (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany) and fullback Juan Cordova (Huachipato, Chile) to allow them to consolidate their club positions.

“They need to earn themselves a starting position so that they can keep on growing as a player and then eventually return to us.”

The Canadian team heads to Florida on Sunday and will scrimmage against Nicaragua on Monday before heading to New Jersey on Tuesday for its July 7 tournament opener against French Guiana at Red Bull Arena.

Canada, ranked 109th in the world, will then play No. 19 Costa Rica on July 11 in Houston and No. 69 Honduras on July 14 in Frisco, Texas.

French Guiana is not a member of FIFA so is unranked.

Just Posted

BREAKING: Red Deer to host Canadian Finals Rodeo in 2018

The CFR is expected to bring $20-30 million annually to Red Deer and region

Canada, U.S. lead call for enforcement of sanctions against North Korea

VANCOUVER — Canada and the U.S. led calls Tuesday for the global… Continue reading

Donald Trump aces mental aptitude test designed by an immigrant to Canada

WASHINGTON — When the White House released the results of a test… Continue reading

Food industry fails to meet most voluntary sodium reduction targets: Health Canada

TORONTO — Voluntary sodium targets for the food industry have failed to… Continue reading

Feds long way from restarting or scraping missing, murdered women inquiry: PM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is a long… Continue reading

WATCH: Rebels play floor hockey with Annie L. Gaetz students

The Rebels may be on a losing streak but they were definitely… Continue reading

Ice dancers Virtue and Moir to carry flag at Pyeongchang Olympics

Not since Kurt Browning at the 1994 Lillehammer Games has a figure… Continue reading

Beer Canada calls on feds to axe increasing beer tax as consumption trends down

OTTAWA — A trade association for Canada’s beer industry wants the federal… Continue reading

Central Albertans recall Hawaii’s false missile alert

Former Red Deer councillor Paul Harris was hanging out at the Ka’anapali… Continue reading

This robotic maid takes us one step closer to ‘The Jetsons’

Imagine this: You’re rushing to get ready for work — juggling emails,… Continue reading

Milan line offers canine couture for pampered pooches

Milan has long been the world’s ready-to-wear fashion leader. Now, dogs are… Continue reading

Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye welcome baby girl

NEW YORK — It’s a girl for Kim Kardashian West and her… Continue reading

Advocate poll takers oppose plastic bag ban

Red Deer Advocate readers like their plastic bags. In an Advocate poll,… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month