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On Saturday, Orlando City striker Cyle Larin did something remarkable -- with a brace against the Columbus Crew, he tied the MLS rookie scoring record at 11 goals. He's been on an absolutely incredible run of form lately, and on both skill displayed and results achieved, it'd be easy to think that Orlando might just have themselves the best rookie MLS has ever seen.
Larin started the season a little on the slow side, scoring just one goal in his first five matches, but has been on one of the greatest runs of form MLS has seen from a striker since then, scoring 10 goals in his last 11 matches. They're not just cheapie, fluky goals either -- Larin's put in quite a few highlight-reel worthy tallies in there, too. Considering how much time is left in the season, Larin is definitely going to shatter that scoring record -- heck, if this run of form keeps up, he might even make a healthy push at the all-time scoring record. It's still a ways away, standing at the 27 goals that's been hit three times in MLS history, but at the rate Larin's scoring, he might just have a shot at it.
Practically a collegiate god at UConn, Larin's also already earned 10 senior international caps for Canada, scoring three times along the way. He signed a Generation Adidas contract to enter MLS this winter despite interest from abroad -- and it's become clear this season that he's got the skills to back that kind of status up.
The record was set in 2003 by Damani Ralph, in the middle of one of the darker periods of MLS when the league was at a low point, in those post-contraction years when no one was quite sure if the league would survive. Don't be surprised if you haven't heard of Ralph -- those 11 rookie goals were about the only impact he made in MLS before a move to Russia, and it wasn't long after that before injuries derailed his career.
In the news
Jack Wilshere's ankle is troubling him again after a training injury before the Community Shield, and he's set to miss the start of Arsenal's season because of it. (Guardian)
The news isn't all bad for Arsenal, though, with Theo Walcott signing a new four-year contract. (Mirror)
Chelsea are unsure over the status of Diego Costa's hamstring, and he may miss the start of the season as a result. (ESPN FC)
You should be reading
Nic Fleming takes a look at how major teams and leagues are using all kinds of data and information to try to improve their players' performance, including at the Women's World Cup. (Guardian)
David Agren examines the incredible rise and meteoric fall of Hector Herrera as Mexico's manager. (Vice)
Ben Lyttleton dives into the murky mess that is trying to determine transfer fees. (Sports Illustrated)
Fun with transfer rumors
The section in which nothing should be taken seriously. It's rumor season, so this section will be expanded, and as the summer rolls on, it will probably be bigger than the actual news section.
Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain agreed to a transfer fee over Angel Di Maria, and he's set for a medical ahead of completing his move to Ligue 1. (BBC)
Sunderland look set to add some serious midfield punch with Leroy Fer and Yann M'Vila. (Guardian)
Fredy Guarin's agent denied all the rumors floating around connecting his client to Juventus and Fenerbahce. (Football Italia)
Real Madrid have high-priced Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi square in their crosshairs. (AS)
What happened in the weekend's matches
Arsene Wenger finally got a win against Jose Mourinho when Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield. (The Short Fuse)
Wolfsburg earned a huge upset when they beat Bayern Munich on penalties in the German Supercup, thanks in large part to some last-minute Nicklas Bendtner heroics. (Bavarian Football Works)
The Trophee des Champions is back in Paris as Paris Saint-Germain easily beat Lyon, taking the French Supercup with a 2-0 victory. (ESPN FC)
Fiorentina shocked Barcelona in the International Champions Cup, snagging a 2-1 win after a Federico Bernadeschi brace. (Viola Nation)
The Vancouver Whitecaps raised some eyebrows with a 3-0 Cascadia Cup win on the road against the Seattle Sounders. (Eighty Six Forever)