Cyle Larin and Brian Wright followed parallel soccer paths, growing up in the Toronto area and collegiately in New England.
They competed for rival clubs (Larin with Sigma FC, Wright with FC Durham Academy), then Larin went on to the University of Connecticut and Wright to the University of Vermont before making the jump to Major League Soccer.
Larin has been ahead of the game, becoming a No. 1 SuperDraft choice and MLS Rookie of the Year in 2015 with Orlando City SC, then securing a sizable transfer to Besiktas in Turkey. Wright kept a lower profile, becoming the second-leading scorer in Catamount history (39 goals in 80 games), then being selected No. 20 in the 2017 SuperDraft by the New England Revolution.
But Wright took a step toward catching up last week.