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T&T midfielder Kevin Molino says he’s under no pressure wearing the number 10 shirt and playing the role that Russell Latapy perfected during his international career for this country.

The 24-year-old Orlando City standout has scored eight goals in 26 matches for T&T, four of those goals coming in the recent Caribbean Cup semi-finals.

When quizzed about the comparison with Latapy, Molino said he looked up the “Little Magician”.

“He’s definitely an inspiration to me as a player. I came into the national senior team under him and I’ve followed his style of play. I don’t think it’s time to compare me with him but I feel good about being able to wear the number 10 shirt and perform for my country,” Molino said.

“Every player wants to be outstanding and to score goals. I’m happy I was able to contribute to the team in this round but the bigger focus is the Finals next month and the Gold Cup next year. I think the team is showing good signs and we’re trying to get it right for the World Cup qualifiers.”

Molino was named the USL “Most Valuable Player” and took the highest goalscorer award. He won similar accolades for Orlando City last season. He will now look ahead to playing for the club in the upcoming MLS season alongside Brazilian Kaka.