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Molino Mania is real says Orlando City
Midfielder Kevin Molino is enjoying the game again. He’s taking the field for Orlando City and seems ready to feature at the start of the MLS season. Molino came on and assisted on Orlando’s game winning penalty by Kaka in a 2-1 preseason victory over Toronto and also had an assist in another game winner over New York Red Bulls last week.
“A healthy Kevin Molino will be a huge addition this season. Molino looks healthy, is playing well, and is working to prove that he can be one of the best wingers in MLS. Molino Mania is real, and it's spectacular,” an article in the maneland.com stated.
The Orlando Sports Daily also highlighted Molino’s return, adding: “Molino though is the heart of this team. At least to the supporters. Kaka has the star power and there are plenty of players who are better or come with more pedigree.
But no one has the history Molino has with this team or this fan base. He is the heart—a connection to the past and the future along with a key player for the present.”
Molino also believes his progress has been satisfactory. “I’m beginning to feel like myself again. I know it was a situation where I could not rush back into things one hundred percent but at the moment I feel very excited about being able to play again,” Molino said. “I was positive when I came on the field against New York but at the same time hoping that nothing goes wrong and to be honest, I felt quite good out there.
Hopefully I can keep it up and just keep getting stronger as we head into the new season and possibly I will be back with the national team again when the time is right.” T&T’s next two 2018 World Cup qualifiers are to St Vincent/Grenadines on March 25 and 29.
Attin-Johnson explores options
National Women’s captain Maylee Attin-Johnson is not ready to hang up her boots at age 29. A competitive drive and a crazy passion for the playing could possibly see her sticking around for a few more years. But she is not counting out the possibility of entering other areas of the sport. Attin-Johnson has already had managerial experience on a past national women’s youth team and recently completed a course in refereeing which she intends to further.
“I will take some time to rethink my future because I am not getting younger. The FIFA refereeing program is something I will definitely look into but I really can’t say exactly at this time what I will be going into,” she said after the 5-0 defeat to the United States last Friday in the CONCACAF Olympic semi final round qualifier.
“But I will be taking the refereeing a bit more seriously. I am still very passionate about the game and I am very competitive so sometimes that hampers me from exploring other things but I will definitely take some time to reconsider my future,” said the Central FC midfielder.
As to what she hopes to see in terms of the approach for the development of women’s football in T&T she added: “For most of us, we made the national team at age 15, 16, at a very young age but you are not getting that at this present moment because of the poor system that is in place at the primary and secondary schools level.
There needs to be greater investment at the grassroots level so that we can get better leagues where the girls can start at a younger age and gain the experience. It is about someone believing in the women’s program and putting everything behind it in order for us to compete against the best of them.”
Attin-Johnson is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and Cumberland College in the USA.
De Four stays active at Houston elite club
Former national under 17 women’s team head coach Stephan De Four is enjoying his role as women’s football coach in Houston. De Four left Trinidad and Tobago in 2013 to become a director of coaching at the Texas Rush club where he coached boys and girls through the ages 13 to 18.
Last year he switched to the Challenge Soccer Club where he is a professional staff coach with the all-girl club.
The Challenge club also participates in the Elite Clubs National League. (ECNL) “When I left home in 2013 I came to Houston where I joined the Texas Rush after I linked up with the one of the directors. I coached boys and girls through ages 13 to 18 and then I moved over to the Challenge Soccer club last year,” De Four said. “I haven’t stopped. After the under 17s period when I was the head coach, there wasn’t much happening and there was a lot of turn over taking place.
I was kind of stagnant and I just wanted to keep coaching. The coaches came down to Trinidad from Texas Rush and the opportunity came,” he added on his decision to move to the United States. “The Challenge club has been one of the top female clubs in Texas and also the US. We have a couple players in the national pool.
Most of our players get college scholarships and we have produced national team players. I am enjoying it here and I will also continue to play my part wherever possible in helping our program back home,” he added.
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