I talked to Orlando City Soccer Club’s Kevin Molino and a couple of his teammates who’ve played alongside him over the past four years for a feature on the midfielder for the Orlando Sentinel.
Molino, who set a new USL PRO single-season record for goals scored last Saturday, is one of five current players looking to wrap up their third title in four years with the Lions when the playoffs open next month.
As much as I’ve already written about Molino this season, it turns out there was even more to be expressed. Not all of the quotes I gathered from Molino, Orlando City coach Adrian Heath, goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo and defender Rob Valentino could fit into the story. So I’ve provided them below. Enjoy.
Molino about the attention the chase for the record has brought upon him: “I’m the type of person that doesn’t really go and look at those types of things, or get led in those types of directions and get all stressed about it.”
Molino about how his confidence builds with each goal he scores: “My teammates keep me going and push me, even in training, and it’s delightful when you score. It raises the confidence and gives a boost to everybody on the team.”
Heath about 2013 loanee Dom Dwyer predicting big things for Molino: “I don’t think Dom Dwyer was kidding when he said that Kevin Molino could probably be the rookie of the year next year in MLS because that’s what he thinks of his ability.”
Heath on how much Molino has grown since arriving in Orlando in 2011: “It was hard for him when he first got here. He’s grown enormously, in fact he’s grown more off the field than he has on. He’s come on leaps and bounds on and off the field. He’s just got to keep working hard because the skies the limit for him.”
Valentino on how much Molino has opened up over the years: “Every year we’ve seen a little more from Kevin, not just on the field, but we’ve seen him off the field open up and joke around with guys.”