Trinidad & Tobago midfielder Kevin Molino (red jersey) has scored one goal in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. (Photo: CA-Images)
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minnesota -- Kevin Molino will have a reunion with his former coach Adrian Heath as Orlando City SC traded the Trinidad & Tobago midfielder to Minnesota United Thursday.
Molino, 26, and goalkeeper Patrick McLain were sent to the expansion team in exchange for financial considerations totaling $650,000.
“I spoke with Adrian and he asked me if I wanted to be a part of Minnesota United and join the team and that was it – I have worked with him for a long time, so it was an easy decision,” Molino stated. “I know what Adrian expects from me and I am really excited to join the club and build a relationship with my new teammates, coaches and the fans."
Playing for Heath in Orlando for six years -- four in the United Soccer League and two in MLS – Molino was the MLS team's first signing. He used his dynamic dribbling ability to register 11 goals and eight assists last year after missing most of 2015 with an ACL injury.
“Where do you start with Kevin as a player?" Heath commented. "He has incredible touch on the ball, can score goals, can create goals, he has great balance. There’s nothing he can’t do with a football. In my opinion he’s the best player in his position in the country.”
The 5-foot-11, 145-lb. Molino made his international debut in 2010, scoring 16 goals in 35 appearances. In 2014, he led T&T to a runner-up finish in the 2014 Caribbean Cup with a team-high seven tallies.
Molino began his career with San Juan Jabloteh and Ma Pau SC in the TT Pro League before coming joining Orlando (USL). In the team's final USL season in 2014, he connected for a league-best 20 goals while helping the side win its third Commissioner's Cup in four years.
"I will bring a lot of personality, and I want to share that in the locker and on the field with my teammates and the fans in the stands," Molino concluded. "I want to help this team reach the limit.”