Richie Laryea

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Richie Laryea
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Laryea playing for Orlando City B in 2017
Personal information
Full name Richmond Laryea
Date of birth (1995-01-07) January 7, 1995 (age 26)
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Midfielder, Right back
Club information
Current team
Toronto FC
Number 22
Youth career
2004-2005 Club Uruguay[1]
2006–2015 Sigma FC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Akron Zips 42 (12)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015 Sigma FC 9 (5)
2016–2017 Orlando City B 35 (3)
2016–2018 Orlando City 21 (0)
2019– Toronto FC 40 (5)
National team
2013 Canada U18 0 (0)
2016 Canada U23 2 (1)
2019– Canada 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 8, 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 29, 2021

Richmond "Richie" Laryea (born January 7, 1995) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays as a midfielder or defender for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer and the Canada national team.

Career[edit]

College and amateur[edit]

Prior to his college career, Laryea played for Sigma FC Academy and Dante Alighieri Academy in Toronto.[2] Laryea played college soccer at the University of Akron for two seasons, reaching the College Cup semi-finals in 2015.[3] Laryea was named to the All-Mid-American Conference Second Team in 2014,[4] and was named to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team in 2015.[5] He played for League1 Ontario club Sigma FC in 2015, where he was named a League All-Star.[6]

Following his sophomore season, Laryea signed a contract with Generation Adidas.[7]

Orlando City[edit]

Laryea was drafted in the first round (7th overall) of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by Orlando City.[8][9] He was loaned to Orlando City B in March 2016.[10]

After spending the first half of his second season once again on loan to OCB playing as both an attacking and defensive midfielder,[11] Laryea made his MLS debut on 25 June 2017, subbing on for Kaká in a 4–0 defeat to Chicago Fire.[12] Laryea got his first MLS assist on September 27, 2017, assisting on Yoshimar Yotún's goal against New England Revolution.[13] He made his first career MLS start on the final day of the season away to Philadelphia Union.[14]

On November 27, 2018, the club announced they had declined his contract option.[15]

Toronto FC[edit]

On March 21, 2019, Laryea signed for MLS side Toronto FC.[16] Laryea scored his first goal for Toronto on May 26, 2019 in a 1–2 home defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes. It was also his first MLS goal.[17] Laryea would have his option for the 2020 season exercised by Toronto, keeping him with the club for 2020.[18] On September 27, 2020, Laryea scored a solo goal and provided two assists in the second half of Toronto's 3–1 win against the league-leading Columbus Crew. Laryea was named the MLS Player of the Week as a result of his performance.[19]

International[edit]

In May 2016, Laryea was called to Canada's U23 national team for a pair of friendlies against Guyana and Grenada.[20] Laryea scored in the opening match against Guyana.[21]

Laryea received his first call up to the senior team on August 26, 2019 for two CONCACAF Nations League matches against Cuba.[22] He made his debut in the first match on September 7, 2019.[23] On March 25, 2021, Laryea scored his first goal for Canada in a 5–1 win over Bermuda in the team's first 2022 World Cup qualifying match.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Laryea is of Ghanaian descent.[25] His younger brother Reggie Laryea also played soccer for Akron.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

Professional[edit]

As of April 14, 2021[27]
Club Season League Domestic Cup Playoffs Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sigma FC 2015 League1 Ontario 9 5 3[a] 2 12 7
Orlando City B 2016 USL 23 0 0 0 23 0
2017 12 3 12 3
Total 35 3 35 3
Orlando City 2017 MLS 12 0 0 0 12 0
2018 9 0 0 0 9 0
Total 21 0 0 0 21 0
Toronto FC 2019 MLS 20 1 4 0 4 1 0 0 28 2
2020 20[b] 4 0 0 1 0 1[c] 0 22 4
2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 2[d] 0 2 0
Total 40 5 4 0 5 1 1 0 2 0 52 6
Career total 105 13 4 0 5 1 1 0 5 2 120 16
  1. ^ Appearances in the League1 Ontario League Cup.
  2. ^ Includes two appearances and one goal in the MLS is Back Tournament group stage.
  3. ^ Appearance in the MLS is Back Tournament knockout stage.
  4. ^ Appearance(s) in the CONCACAF Champions League.

International[edit]

As of March 25, 2021[28]
Canada
Year Apps Goals
2019 4 0
2020 2 0
2021 2 1
Total 8 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1. March 25, 2021 Exploria Stadium, Orlando, United States 7  Bermuda 3–0 5–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pro: First Youth Registration List" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Sigma FC's Richmond Laryea Signs Generation Adidas Contract with MLS". Sigma FC. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "Akron Zips will take on Stanford on Friday in College Cup 2015 (photos)". Cleveland.com. December 6, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  4. ^ "Men's Soccer garners a conference-best seven All-MAC selections". gozips.com. Akron Athletics. November 13, 2014.
  5. ^ "Zips Garner a League-Best Eight All-MAC Selections". gozips.com. Akron Athletics. November 12, 2015.
  6. ^ "2015 League1 Ontario Men's All-Stars". League1 Ontario. November 17, 2015.
  7. ^ "MLS announces 2016 Generation adidas class, signs Stanford senior defender Brandon Vincent". MLSsoccer.com. Major League Soccer. January 9, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  8. ^ "Orlando City selects Akron's Richie Laryea with No. 7 pick in MLS SuperDraft". orlandosentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  9. ^ Nelson, Norm (January 20, 2016). "Dante Alighieri Academy grad Richie Laryea taken seventh in MLS draft". North York Mirror.
  10. ^ "Orlando City SC Loan Seven Players to OCB". orlandocitysc.com. Orlando City Soccer Club. March 25, 2016.
  11. ^ Austin David (May 16, 2017). "Richie Laryea Starting To Prove Himself in Year 2 for Orlando City B". themaneland.com. The Mane Land.
  12. ^ Alicia del Gallo (July 19, 2017). "Richie Laryea excels with Orlando City after stern talk with coach". orlandosentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel.
  13. ^ "A Game of Firsts: Orlando's Dominant Win Provides Accolades". orlandocitysc.com. Orlando City SC. September 28, 2017.
  14. ^ "Orlando City Falls at Philadelphia in Season Finale". orlandocitysc.com. Orlando City SC. October 22, 2017.
  15. ^ "Orlando City declines options for eight players after tough 2018 season". prosoccerusa.com. Pro Soccer USA. November 27, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  16. ^ "Toronto FC signs Richie Laryea". torontofc.ca. March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  17. ^ "Richie Laryea gives TFC the lead". torontofc.ca. Toronto FC. May 26, 2019. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  18. ^ "Toronto FC announces roster decisions to conclude 2019 season". torontofc.ca. Toronto FC. November 21, 2019.
  19. ^ "Laryea named MLS Player of the Week". torontofc.ca. Toronto FC. September 28, 2020.
  20. ^ "Canada announces roster for Caribbean tour". canadasoccer.com. Canada Soccer Association. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  21. ^ "Canada m23 defeat Guyana as part of Jubilee celebration". canadasoccer.com. Canada Soccer Association. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  22. ^ Butler, Dlyan (August 28, 2019). "Canada names 24-man roster for Concacaf Nations League tilts vs. Cuba". mlssoccer.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  23. ^ Thompson, Marty (September 7, 2019). "Canada-Cuba: 4 talking points for 2nd Nations League tilt". canpl.ca. Canadian Premier League. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  24. ^ "Larin, Davies combine to help Canada down Bermuda in World Cup qualifier". tsn.ca. March 25, 2021.
  25. ^ "10 Things About Richie Laryea: His love for Toronto, his mom, and, yes, Drake". MLSsoccer.com. Major League Soccer. January 10, 2016. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  26. ^ "Reggie Laryea - 2017 Akron Men's Soccer Roster - Akron Athletics". gozips.com. The University of Akron. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  27. ^ "Richie Laryea profile". Soccerway. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  28. ^ "Richie Laryea profile". Canada Soccer. Retrieved March 25, 2021.

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