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July 4, 2017 at Sylvan Lake Park

Availability: F Cyle Larin

Cyle Larin

Larin was arrested and charged with a DUI on June 15.

I went away for a bit, and I got to spend time with myself, and I guess it was just a life lesson, and you learn from it, and you move on, and now I’m happy to be back with the team and happy to see all the guys again, and then obviously I played last weekend, so it was good to be back.

I did something that I don’t usually do, and I learned from it. So that’s the only thing I can take from that and just not to do it again.

Obviously I learned from that, and I go back on the field, and I do my job better than I did before and score goals for this team and have…and just slowly gaining back the trust of the fans and people that I let down, and I think I will be back to normal in a few weeks, days or however long it takes.

You live and you learn. If you have something you love to do, don’t do something that will jeopardize that. If you do, get past it and move on, and one mistake doesn’t define you.

When asked about the life lessons he learned, Larin said to not throw away something you’ve worked for.

Make better decisions when you’re in situations. Just to not throw anything away that you worked for your whole life.

Larin is simply happy to be back.

Happy to be back. Happy to be back with the team. The team’s happy to have me back and then a little bit of support from the team—coaches, players, friends, and I think the win last week was very important. I know before that was a tough stretch, but everyone’s happy that we got a win and move onto tomorrow.

It’s a hard situation to be in. Never been in a situation like that, and I’m happy to be back and just to be with the team, and it’s different from the first day to now. A lot has changed, but now I’m here. It’s different.

His support came from friends, family and those from within the club.

I think a lot of people. Friends, family, my closest friends and support from the organization, so I think I’ve been given a lot of support from in different areas.

A bunch of people. My closest friends, family, guys on the team, and I think it was just support. A lot of support. Just, time will pass, and you get through it and come back.

[Orlando City SC head coach Jason Kreis’] been good. I think he’s very supportive, and he let me know that the decision wasn’t I made wasn’t a good one, and now I’m back, and we move forward from there and get the season on again. Get playing again and just come back and help out the team again, and I think I’m happy to be back. Just happy I’m back.

After he apologized to his team, Larin had more words that he’d like to keep between him and his teammates.

No, obviously I apologized to them, and anything else I said I think I keep that between me and them, and that’s between the team. Gotta keep that between us.

I did what I did, and it cost ’em, and it cost me a couple games. I know I could’ve helped them. Now I’m back now, and I’m just happy to be back and happy to contribute.

Larin started and played all 90 minutes in a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake on June 30.

It’s been good. Been here for—since I got back, training’s been good. Training’s been good and getting back into it, and RSL was a big win for us, and we’re back home. Back home tomorrow, I think, is a big game for us before the break.

For Larin, the win over RSL meant more, as it as his first game back since the DUI charge.

Yeah, it did. I was just happy to be back and happier to fight with the guys that have been here. It’s my first professional club I’ve been in and happy to be with them again. It meant a lot just to win that game and put smiles on everyone’s face.

Larin’s main objective in a Wednesday matchup against Toronto FC is three points.

I think the most important thing is getting a win. I think that everyone wants to win, the first thing, and just to play well and score some goals again.

Tomorrow’s game is important just to climb up the standings and get closer to Chicago, Toronto and make sure we’re still in that run for playoffs.

I think I’ve played them enough times how they defend me. I see that they have more than one guys on me, I still have to deal with it. I think I’ve played them enough times to know what they’re going to do.

For Larin, TFC’s Sebastian Giovinco will be a tough threat to stop.

He’s a great player. Very quick, smart and can score from anywhere. And I think you can’t let him free at any time, but it’s gonna be a good game. It’s gonna be hard to stop him, but I think we’re prepared to play against them tomorrow and get a win.


For more on Larin as he makes his return to regular Major League Soccer play, follow Victor Tan on Twitter at @NDR_VictorTan.