Being drafted from college to the major leagues is quite a big deal in any athlete’s career.
Being told you have to see minutes at a much lower division could be, at times, a hard pill to swallow.
For Richie Laryea, Orlando City’s seventh-overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, it’s a task he’s willing to welcome with Orlando City B.
“For me, minutes are minutes,” Laryea said. “Playing there, the coaches there, Anthony [Pulis] and Rob [Valentino] are going to be putting the same rules as gaffer’s doing. So it’s going to be the exact same team.”
The Toronto, Canada, native remains humble on whichever task is destined to arrive. He impressed the Orlando City coaching staff during the team’s first preseason game earlier this month at Eastern Florida State College, setting up Hadji Barry’s opening goal.
But Laryea, 21, knows it’s business, not personal, once a final decision is made on where he’ll play in the coming weeks — whether that’s in Major League Soccer or the United Soccer League.
A contingent of Orlando City reserves is expected to get loaned down to OCB in order for them to see minutes at a professional level.
Orlando City SC has 12 international players and only 10 international slots. There is a possibility the Lions might send Laryea down to OCB to open up an international slot to accommodate incoming Italian midfielder Antonio Nocerino.
A similar USL success story can be related to Dom Dwyer’s time on loan with Orlando City from Sporting Kansas City in 2013. Dwyer admitted he wasn’t pleased with being sent down to a minor league, but he saw the move as a reason to spark a motivation to get back to the MLS ranks.
If Laryea does indeed get sent down to Orlando City B, though, he acknowledges Dwyer’s loan success, and he plans to impress.
“I want to develop my own success story,” Laryea said. “Obviously, he had a good story here as well, but I want to have just as good or even better.”