Orlando City star man Kevin Molino and his Trinidad and Tobago teammates had a great weekend, sweeping three matches to finish atop Group 7 and qualify for the Caribbean Cup Finals.
Molino scored the lone goal in last night’s 1-0 victory over Antigua & Barbuda, giving the Lions’ sniper four goals and an assist in two games played. His hat trick and assist led the SocaWarriors to a 6-1 drubbing of the Dominican Republic last Wednesday.
Following the match Molino said he was simply happy to contribute but “scoring goals don’t mean much if we don’t win.”
Molino, who broke the US second tier league scoring record this season with MLS-bound Orlando City and was named the USL Pro MVP, held his composure in the area in the 45th minute to drive the ball past Antigua and Barbuda goalie Brentton Muhammad after latching onto a flick by T&T captain and forward Kenwyne Jones.
“He (Molino) has shown his quality,” said (coach Stephen) Hart during the post-game press conference. “He is certainly going to improve as a number 10. He just has to pick his moments better especially when he meets bigger opponents.”
Molino and his countrymen will share Group A of the Caribbean Finals with defending champions Cuba, French Guiana (Group 8 runner-up) and Curacao (Group 9 runner-up). Group B of the finals includes Jamaica, Martinique, Haiti, and Antigua & Barbuda. The finals begin Nov. 10, with Trinidad and Tobago facing Curacao to open Group A play on Nov. 11.
The top four teams from the Caribbean Cup will advance to the 2015 Gold Cup. The overall Caribbean champion will qualify for the Copa America Centenario in 2016.
CONMEBOL is celebrating 100 years of the Copa America by opening the competition to teams outside of South America, with matches hosted in the United States. If Trinidad and Tobago qualifies for the Copa America Centenario, it is conceivable that Kevin Molino could play in the Citrus Bowl, which is among the stadiums under consideration.
Trinidad and Tobago is an eight-time Caribbean champion but last accomplished that feat in 2001.