Kevin Molino
Molino with Minnesota United in 2017
Personal information
Full name Kevin Reginald Molino[1]
Date of birth (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 31)
Place of birth Carenage, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder, winger
Club information
Current team
Columbus Crew
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 San Juan Jabloteh
2009–2011 Ma Pau SC
2011–2014 Orlando City 84 (25)
2015–2016 Orlando City 37 (11)
2017–2020 Minnesota United 67 (21)
2021– Columbus Crew 11 (1)
National team
2007 Trinidad and Tobago U17 1 (0)
2009 Trinidad and Tobago U20 13 (0)
2011–2013 Trinidad and Tobago U23 6 (5)
2010– Trinidad and Tobago 55 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:07, 28 August 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 July 2021

Kevin Molino (born 17 June 1990) is a Trinidadian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew and the Trinidad and Tobago national team.

Club career

Orlando City

After playing for several years in the TT Pro League, with San Juan Jabloteh and Ma Pau SC, Molino signed with Orlando City in the USL Professional Division on 18 March 2011.[2] He scored his first goal for his new club on 14 May in a 1–0 win over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.[3] Following two seasons with Orlando, Molino had week-long trials with PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands and Zulte Waregem of Belgium in hopes of continuing his career in Europe.[4] However, on 13 March 2013, it was announced that Molino had re-signed with Orlando for the 2013 USL Pro season.[5] On 10 January 2014, Molino signed a new two-year contract with Orlando City which would keep him at the club when they transition into Major League Soccer for the 2015 season despite heavy interest from other MLS and foreign suitors. The deal made Molino the first player signed to Orlando's MLS roster.[6]

Molino began the 2014 USL Pro season, the club's final season in the league, with 15 goals in his first 21 matches, the most in the league at that point in the season. Molino tied the league single-season goal scoring record of 15 shared by Dom Dwyer and José Angulo on 16 August 2014[7] with six games left in the season.[8] Two games later on 23 August 2014, Molino scored in a league match against the Richmond Kickers to bring his goal tally to 16 for the season, setting the new single-season record in the process.[9] Molino concluded Orlando City's final USL Pro season with a goal against the Richmond Kickers, raising his final record-tally to 20 as Orlando City won its third Commissioner's Cup in four years.[10]

On 2 May 2015, during Orlando City's friendly against Ponte Preta, Molino tore his right ACL and missed the remainder of the 2015 MLS season.[11] On 3 April 2016, Molino scored his first goal for Orlando City from a penalty in a 4–1 win over Portland Timbers.[12]

Minnesota United

On 26 January 2017 it was announced that Molino would rejoin former coach Adrian Heath at Minnesota United FC after Minnesota paid Orlando City $650,000 in allocation money for the player.[13] The transfer fee paid was reportedly tied for the largest exchange in league history.[14] On 10 March 2018, during the second game of Minnesota United FC's season, Molino tore his left ACL in a match against Orlando City FC after scoring two goals in the first game of the season.[15]

Following Minnesota's 2020 season, Molino's contract expired.[16] On 16 December 2020, Molino announced that he would not be rejoining Minnesota United.[17]

Columbus Crew

On 7 January 2021, Columbus Crew announced the signing of Molino for the 2021 Major League Soccer season.[18]

On 26 August 2021, it was announced that Molino had torn his right ACL, his second ACL tear in his right knee and third total in his MLS career.[19]

International career

Molino has represented Trinidad and Tobago at international level. He was named in Trinidad's 2010 Caribbean Cup squad, and made his international debut versus Guyana on 4 November 2010.[20]

Personal

In early 2015, Molino received his U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[21] His brother, Kevon Cooper is a cricketer from Trinidad and Tobago. He has played for Trinidad and Tobago and Leeward Islands as well as for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League and in various other Twenty20 leagues around the world.

Career statistics

As of 30 July 2021[22]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ma Pau SC 2010–11 TT Pro League 4 0 1 0 5 0
Total 4 0 1 0 5 0
Orlando City 2011 USL 24 2 1 1 25 3
2012 24 2 1 1 25 3
2013 18 2 3 0 18 2
2014 28 20 2 2 30 22
2015 MLS 7 0 7 0
2016 30 11 2 1 32 12
Total 131 37 9 5 140 42
Minnesota United 2017 MLS 30 7 30 7
2018 2 2 2 2
2019 17 3 3 0 1 0 21 3
2020 18 9 3 4 21 13
Total 67 21 3 0 1 0 74 25
Columbus Crew 2021 MLS 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Career total 212 58 12 5 2 0 0 0 225 67

International goals

Scores and results list Trinidad and Tobago's goal tally first.[23]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 October 2011 Bermuda National Stadium, Hamilton, Bermuda  Bermuda 1–2 1–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 22 January 2012 Hasley Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Finland 2–1 2–3 Friendly
3. 11 December 2012 Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda  Dominican Republic 2–1 2–1 2012 Caribbean Cup
4. 15 July 2013 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States  Honduras 2–0 2–0 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
5. 5 September 2013 King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  United Arab Emirates 3–3 3–3 2013 OSN Cup
6. 8 October 2014 Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad and Tobago  Dominican Republic 1–0 6–1 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification
7. 2–0
8. 3–0
9. 12 October 2014  Antigua and Barbuda 1–0 1–0
10. 11 November 2014 Montego Bay Sports Complex, Montego Bay, Jamaica  Curaçao 3–2 3–2 2014 Caribbean Cup
11. 13 November 2014  French Guiana 1–0 4–2
12. 2–0
13. 29 March 2016 Hasley Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4–0 6–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
14. 5 October 2016 Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad and Tobago  Dominican Republic 1–0 4–0 2017 Caribbean Cup qualification
15. 2–0
16. 4–0
17. 24 March 2017 Hasley Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Panama 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
18. 12 June 2017 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica  Costa Rica 1–1 1–2
19. 11 November 2017 Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad and Tobago  Grenada 2–2 2–2 Friendly
20. 26 June 2019 Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, United States  Guyana 1–1 1–1 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
21. 9 September 2019 Hasley Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Martinique 1–0 2–2 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A
22. 2 July 2021 DRV PNK Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, United States  Montserrat 1–0 6–1 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualification
23. 6 July 2021  French Guiana 1–0 1–1

Honours

Orlando City

Trinidad and Tobago

Individual

References

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