Orlando City’s first ever MLS signing Kevin Molino scored two massive goals in last night’s match against the FC Dallas Reserves, one of which proved to be the game winner when Dallas scored a second goal deep into stoppage time.
The brace boosts the Trinidadian International’s tally to three goals and two assists in five games played this season.
The productive statistical output this early in 2014 bodes well for Molino and the Lions, as the midfielder has never scored more than two goals in each of his previous three seasons with Orlando.
With MLS around the corner, Molino is focused more than ever as he continues to prepare for the inaugural top-flight campaign in 2015.
“The gaffer wants me to score at least 10-12 goals this season so I’m taking things very seriously this year,” said Molino in a phone interview with OrlandoCitySoccer.com. “Being the first MLS signing comes with a lot of responsibility, but I just want to cope with the pressure, live up to the expectations and continue delivering for my team.”
Molino and the team will now travel to face expansion side OKC Energy FC on Saturday, April 26. Former City players Jon Kempin, Christian Duke and Kevin Ellis have joined the Energy on loan from Sporting Kansas City this season, and the 2012 USL PRO MVP says the matchup against his former teammates provides extra motivation to find the back of the net once again.
“There is definitely extra motivation to go and score again this weekend, especially against Kempin,” added Molino. “All of these guys are good friends of mine. We built a relationship last year and I’m looking forward to seeing them again on Saturday.”