Orlando City coach Jason Kreis has vowed to speak to Soca Warriors star Kevin Molino and Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Stephen Hart about the player’s disciplinary breach, which led to him being dropped for Tuesday’s Caribbean Cup qualifier against Martinique.
Trinidad and Tobago lost 2-0 in extra time to Martinique, which meant they were eliminated from the Caribbean Cup and must now face a play off series to try get to to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Kreis told the Orlando Sentinel this morning that he had not spoken to the player since he was dropped from the national team for allegedly breaking camp to go to a nightclub on Ariapita Avenue last Friday. However, he insisted that the club took the matter very seriously and did not condone such behaviour.
“[It is] completely shocking, from my point of view, that somebody with Kevin’s mentality and work rate and humility would be doing something like that,” Kreis told the Sentinel. “So, I think it’s very, very important that we leave it for now and speak with him individually and see exactly what happened.”
Molino is considered an “Orlando City original” since he was a team member from its days in the United States second tier when he led them to two USL titles while setting scoring records. He was the club’s first MLS signee when they joined the top flight in 2015 and is popular with fans and teammates.
At present, Molino is second for Orlando this season with goals (10) and assists (7) this season behind Cyle Larin (14) and former FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon D’Or winner, Kaka, (8) respectively.
Molino suggested, in a Snapchat post yesterday, that he will rule himself out of international action for a year to focus on his Major League Soccer (MLS) employers.
However, Kreis warned that, although the player is likely to escape sanction at Orlando, he would not tolerate such behaviour there.
“It’s not something that we condone or support,” said Kreis, “but it’s difficult to see whether or not that should affect his availability for our team.
“Certainly, if he had a disciplinary issue that happened when he was with us, there would be discipline to be had… We will wait to speak to the player and see what he has to say, as well as the coach of Trinidad.”
Thus far, Molino is understood to have been tightlipped on the incident and has not confirmed or denied the accusation, although Hart obviously felt that the information he received was strong enough to take action.
The playmaker, who has 13 international goals in 18 appearances for Hart, is believed to be a popular figure with the younger squad members and, in particular, the fellow United States-based players like Joevin Jones, Mekeil Williams and Cordell Cato.
Eighteen year old winger Levi Garcia posted a photo of himself in an Orlando City shirt on Instagram yesterday with the caption: “Diz all I have to say”.
The more senior national players are believed to have a much dimmer view of Molino’s behaviour. And it creates an unwelcome distraction for Hart, as he prepares to face Costa Rica in their opening game of the Hex on 11 November in Port of Spain.
Hart and TTFA president David John-Williams have not yet discussed the goings-on in Martinique but are expected to do so tomorrow.
At present, the TTFA is focused on unveiling its National Elite Youth Development Programme, which will be launched to the media from 6pm tomorrow at the Hilton Trinidad.