Excitement continues to surround Orlando City SC in the buildup to the 2015 MLS season, and one player in particular has been a focal point of that excitement. The Lions’ first Major League Soccer signing, Kevin Molino, is an impressive talent that has become a top-performer for club and country.
The 24-year-old midfielder has been a member of Orlando City since its conception in 2011 after transferring from the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League club Ma Pau Sports Club. Molino immediately slotted into Adrian Heath’s side where he has developed into a key figure for the Lions.
Over his four-year stint with Orlando, the Trinidadian footballer has helped bring two USL Pro championships and three Commissioner’s Cups to the Florida club. Along with club glory, Molino has been showered with individual awards, including two USL Pro MVP awards in—the first in 2012, and again in 2014.
Last season, he broke the USL Pro single-season goal record previously set by Jose Angulo and former Lion Dom Dwyer, with 20 goals in only 27 appearances. Additionally, Molino topped the league in assists, setting up his teammates on nine occasions. The midfielder wields a unique ability to play both goal scorer and provider, giving Heath a dangerous weapon at his disposal.
With the addition of Brazilian playmaker and former FIFA World Player of the Year Kaká, it will be interesting to see what role Molino will play for Orlando in its inaugural MLS season. The Trinidadian is eager to form a partnership with the club’s Designated Player and for the midfield duo to pull the strings for the Lions’ offense.
“It’s great to see the World Cup and Champions League winner coming to Orlando City,” Molino said. “I can’t wait for next season to reach. The chance to train and play alongside a legend from Brazil is a massive step for me and for the club.”
Molino’s club form has recently carried over to the international stage, and the Trinidad and Tobago National Team has been reaping the benefits. Recently receiving the number 10 jersey and the role that comes with it, the Orlando City star is taking on more responsibility with the Soca Warriors. He has flourished in his new role and currently has five goals and an assist from his last three games with T&T. The breakout player will be a key figure for his country as it competes in the Caribbean Cup, seeking a berth in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The rise of Kevin Molino is a welcome sight that shows no sign of slowing down, and Orlando City faithful should keep an eye on his development alongside Kaká over the course of the 2015 MLS season. T&T will be back in action this week in the Caribbean Cup and the Orlando man will look to continue his form for the red and black.
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