Richie Laryea

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.

Richie Laryea
Laryea playing for Orlando City B in 2017
Personal information
Full name Richmond Laryea
Date of birth (1995-01-07) January 7, 1995
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Right back
Club information
Current team
Toronto FC
Number 22
Youth career
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 12 (7)
2016–2017 Orlando City B 35 (3)
2016–2018 Orlando City 21 (0)
2019– Toronto FC 20 (1)
National team
2013 Canada U18 0 (0)
2016 Canada U23 2 (1)
2019– Canada 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 7, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 15, 2019


College and amateur

Prior to his college career, Laryea played for Sigma FC Academy and Dante Alighieri Academy in Toronto.[1] Laryea played college soccer at the University of Akron for two seasons, reaching the College Cup semi-finals in 2015.[2] Laryea was named to the All-Mid-American Conference Second Team in 2014,[3] and was named to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team in 2015.[4]

Following his sophomore season, Laryea signed a contract with Generation Adidas.[5]

Orlando City

Laryea was drafted in the first round (7th overall) of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by Orlando City.[6] He was loaned to Orlando City B in March 2016.[7]

After spending the first half of his second season once again on loan to OCB playing as both an attacking and defensive midfielder,[8] Laryea made his MLS debut on 25 June 2017, subbing on for Kaká in a 4-0 defeat to Chicago Fire.[9] Laryea got his first MLS assist on September 27, 2017, assisting on Yoshimar Yotún's goal against New England Revolution.[10] He made his first career MLS start on the final day of the season away to Philadelphia Union.[11]

On November 27, 2018, the club announced they had declined his contract option.[12]

Toronto FC

On March 21, 2019, Laryea signed for MLS side Toronto FC.[13] 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.[14] Laryea would have his option for the 2020 season exercised by Toronto, keeping him with the club for 2020.[15]


In May 2016, Laryea was called to Canada's U23 national team for a pair of friendlies against Guyana and Grenada.[16] Laryea scored in the opening match against Guyana.[17]

Laryea received his first call up to the senior team on August 26, 2019 for two CONCACAF Nations League matches against Cuba.[18] He made his debut in the first match on September 7.[19]

Personal life

Laryea is of Ghanaian descent.[20] His younger brother Reggie Laryea also played soccer for Akron.[21]

Career statistics


As of November 10, 2019[22]
Club League Season League Domestic cup League cup Continental Total
Orlando City B (loan) USL 2016 230000000230
2017 123000000123
Total 353000000353
Orlando City MLS
2017 120000000120
2018 9000000090
Total 210000000210
Toronto FC MLS 2019 201404100282
Career Total 764404100845


  1. "Sigma FC's Richmond Laryea Signs Generation Adidas Contract with MLS". Sigma FC. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  2. "Akron Zips will take on Stanford on Friday in College Cup 2015 (photos)". December 6, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  3. "Men's Soccer garners a conference-best seven All-MAC selections". Akron Athletics.
  4. "Zips Garner a League-Best Eight All-MAC Selections". Akron Athletics.
  5. "MLS announces 2016 Generation adidas class, signs Stanford senior defender Brandon Vincent". January 9, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  6. "Orlando City selects Akron's Richie Laryea with No. 7 pick in MLS SuperDraft". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  7. "Orlando City SC Loan Seven Players to OCB". Orlando City Soccer Club.
  8. Austin David (May 16, 2017). "Richie Laryea Starting To Prove Himself in Year 2 for Orlando City B". The Mane Land.
  9. Alicia del Gallo (July 19, 2017). "Richie Laryea excels with Orlando City after stern talk with coach". Orlando Sentinel.
  10. "A Game of Firsts: Orlando's Dominant Win Provides Accolades". September 28, 2017.
  11. "Orlando City Falls at Philadelphia in Season Finale". October 22, 2017.
  12. "Orlando City declines options for eight players after tough 2018 season | Pro Soccer USA". Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  13. "Toronto FC signs Richie Laryea". Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  14. "Richie Laryea gives TFC the lead". Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  15. "Toronto FC announces roster decisions to conclude 2019 season". Toronto FC. November 21, 2019.
  16. Canada Soccer Association. "Canada announces roster for Caribbean tour". Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  17. Canada Soccer Association. "Canada m23 defeat Guyana as part of Jubilee celebration". Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  18. Butler, Dlyan (August 28, 2019). "Canada names 24-man roster for Concacaf Nations League tilts vs. Cuba".
  19. Thompson, Marty (September 7, 2019). "Canada-Cuba: 4 talking points for 2nd Nations League tilt".
  20. "10 Things About Richie Laryea: His love for Toronto, his mom, and, yes, Drake".
  21. "Reggie Laryea - 2017 Akron Men's Soccer Roster - Akron Athletics".
  22. "Richie Laryea profile". Soccerway. Retrieved October 28, 2017.

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