Kevin Molino became a fan favorite in Orlando even before it was announced that Orlando City would become an MLS team. He played for the USL incarnation of Orlando City for all four seasons of the club's existence, between 2011 - 2014. Furthermore, in 2014 he set a USL Pro league record by scoring 20 goals. He was also the first player signed to an MLS contract by Orlando City, inking a deal to play for the club in January of 2014.
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2015 Summary: Molino was mentioned by fans and pundits alike as a strong candidate for MLS Rookie of the Year in 2015. And from the beginning of the season, he seemed to be off to a good start, showing he was unafraid of taking brave shots, and even contributing an assist early on in the season. But the first International Friendly of the year on May 2 proved a costly one, as Molino blew out an ACL in that match, an injury which ended his season early.
2016 Summary: I think 2016 could be a breakout year for Molino. I certainly expect to see him take his place back on the first team roster with Orlando City, and I look for the same dynamic and exciting style of play from him that defined his USL career. It will be thrilling to see him out on the pitch with Kaka and a more experienced and polished Cyle Larin. I think those three players could form the heart of one of the most devastating attacks in all of MLS next season.
What do you think? Do you expect Kevin Molino to return to Orlando City next season? Do you think he will show the same form he had in USL Pro, or do you expect his injury will have changed his game at all? Let me know in the comments!