Cyle Larin went into this weekend’s action knowing he just needed one goal to set the MLS rookie-scoring record.
He got a hat trick.
With three goals against the New York Red Bulls Friday, Larin helped Orlando City to a 5-2 win. And, he now has 14 goals on the season, a new standard for MLS rookies.
Larin currents fifth on our table of minutes played by Canadians who participate (or have participated) in MLS or NASL this season. Out of MLS players, he ranks second in minutes played, behind only Toronto FC’s Jonathan Osorio.
But there’s one other major Canadian takeaway from this past week: And that’s the proof that opportunities for Canadian players to get first-team minutes with the Montreal Impact have dramatically increased since Mauro Biello took over as the interim head coach. Biello took over at the end of August, and the door has since been reopened for Patrice Bernier, who had been frozen out of the team by previous coach Frank Klopas. Kyle Bekker is getting minutes. So is Wandrille Lefevre.
In the last week, Montreal’s minutes-played-by-Canadians-per-game average has risen dramatically. This late in the season, with so many games already played, the averages aren’t moving up and down all that much. But the Impact’s Canadian-minutes-played average rose by 4.1 per game over the past week. That’s a significant shift. And it’s proof that Biello, who has yet to lose since he took over as the Impact’s coach, is more open to playing Canadian talent.
Here are the rankings:
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