Cyle Larin's future: The 5 major MLS transfers that help define his value
But there’s talk for a reason – because the guy is a young (22 years old) goal scorer, powerful, skillful, good at recognizing the runs and now equipped with a newfound professionalism when it comes to fitness.
If we assume Orlando City’s high scoring striker (37 goals in 65 MLS matches) will move soon, the question becomes one of value. Obviously, he’s going to make MLS and, especially, the Lions some big stacks of cash. But how much?
Can he break the MLS record for outgoing transfers? It’s a high bar, relatively speaking. Jozy Altidore’s $10 million move to Villarreal in 2008 still holds the record.
Whether Larin reaches the Altidore line, he seems sure to fetch what European clubs paid for Eddie Johnson and other young, talented players developed in North America.
Here are five other high-profile, high-dollar transfers out of MLS, and how they worked out for the purchasers.
Jozy Altidore ($10 million)
Altidore was just 18 when he set the record in 2008; no MLS player has been sold for a greater sum, never mind that almost 10 years have passed.
He had already spent almost three seasons with the Red Bulls, scoring 15 times in 37 appearances. With ample interest from European suitors, Villarreal was willing to pay handsomely for a big, skillful striker who seemed to have such tremendous upside.
How’d that work for the Spanish side? Well, not great. Altidore is certainly enjoying a fruitful career, but that first move failed to pay dividends.
Altidore’s time under contract with Villarreal was spent almost entirely elsewhere, in loans to Xerez (Spain), Hull City (England) and Bursaspor (Turkey). Villarreal sold Altidore to AZ in the Netherlands for about $2 million in 2011; the Dutch side sold him to Sunderland two years later for about $10 million.