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Orlando City bury Molino incident: No comment, no action; T&T ace takes curious approach

Orlando City will not take action against midfielder Kevin Molino for his alleged indiscretions on international duty with Trinidad and Tobago. And neither “Lions” coach Jason Kreis or Molino will comment on what happened either.

According to Orlando Sentinel journalist Alicia DelGallo, a City spokesman confirmed that Molino will train with the Major League Soccer (MLS) club today and is available to play against Philadelphia this weekend.

Photo: Orland City midfielder Kevin Molino (centre) celebrates a goal during MLS competition. (Copyright MLS Futbol)
Photo: Orland City midfielder Kevin Molino (centre) celebrates a goal during MLS competition.
(Copyright MLS Futbol)

However, there will be no statement from Molino or Kreis as, according to DelGallo: “The club said Molino will not comment on the incident because it is between him and the national team.”

Although City’s decision to use Molino is not unexpected, it is unclear whether the player was forthcoming with his employers as to what transpired while on international duty.

On Monday 10 October, just hours before Trinidad and Tobago’s Caribbean Cup qualifier against Martinique in Fort-de-France, head coach Stephen Hart was informed that the talented playmaker snuck out of the team hotel, three days earlier, to party at the Vas Lounge nightclub on Rust Street in St Clair.

However, according to a local source, Molino never conclusively admitted or denied the allegation. Instead, he is believed to have asked for photographic evidence of his indiscretion.

Hart, who fined Molino for a previous breach of discipline just a month earlier, responded by dropping his star player and the coach will meet with TTFA president David John-Williams before deciding on the long-term repercussions of the incident.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Stephen Hart. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Stephen Hart.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

Kreis initially said he was concerned by the reports of Molino’s behaviour and vowed to probe the matter, although he stopped short of promising additional punishment.

“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.”

However, a City spokesman confirmed that Kreis did not speak to Hart. And it is uncertain whether Molino had much to say to him either. Instead, the MLS coach has apparently decided to steer clear of the issue and focus on Orlando’s two remaining games this season.

The 26 year old Molino’s only public statement thus far came via his Snapchat account where he said that he will take a year off from the Soca Warriors to focus on his club career.

The TTFA is expected to make its own decision on Molino’s international by early next week.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfield ace Kevin Molino (centre) flicks the ball around Dominican Republic midfielder Heinz Barmettler (left) during the 2014 Caribbean Cup qualifiers while coach Stephen Hart looks on. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfield ace Kevin Molino (centre) flicks the ball around Dominican Republic midfielder Heinz Barmettler (left) during the 2014 Caribbean Cup qualifiers while coach Stephen Hart looks on.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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28 comments

  1. Like he taking advice from Ian Alleyne … it is alleged !

  2. Y is this molino incident still a issue..drop him simple he has no respect..no man is bigger than the game..we T&T ppl will settle for anything yes

  3. And our best player just caused us to be kicked out the Caribbean Cup. A team is nothing without discipline…

  4. A : “Did you break the curfew?” ” No I did not!”

    B: “Did you break the curfew?” ” Show mih ah picture nah!”

  5. Chabeth, there is a slight adjustment from Orlando:
    “The club said Molino will not comment on the incident because it is between him and the national team.”
    Now I’m trying to ascertain whether that means Molino won’t speak to the media on it. Or if it is that Molino won’t speak to his own employers about it!
    I’d want to believe it is the former but who knows with this star boy. Lol.

  6. Wait. Allyuh hate the man and nobody have proof he break camp.

  7. Orlando City will not take action because his action did not directly affect their team. What is certain is that Molino will be straight like a pin as we say here or face the consequences. If what he did was true then he should be axed permanently as there are other players in line

  8. Kevin Molino gone from midfielder to Senior Counsel! Lol. I have to smile at his cheek. 🙂

  9. He wants photographic evidence that he was on the avenue?
    Like ppl see him and just start snapping?
    Curious who the snitch was though…
    But he must know if he broke camp or not and if he did, where he went and for how long.
    No need for all this soap opera suspense in this matter.

  10. This guy will be playing for Soca Warriors next year…watch ah joke !