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Molino stars as Orlando City spanks Revs

Published: 
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Kevin Molino

Soca Warriors midfielder Kevin Molino scored two goals after he assisted with the equaliser as Orlando City SC (5-5-11, 26 points) scored three second-half goals to earn a 3-1 win over the New England Revolution (6-8-8, 26 points) on Sunday night.

An outstanding performance by Molino catapulted the Lions to extend their home-unbeaten streak to 17 games and put the teams in a tie for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.  

New Orlando City coach Jason Kreis made several changes to the line-up in his first game by  putting MLS All-Stars Kaká and Cyle Larin at forward and Hadji Barry, Molino, Servando Carrasco and Antonio Nocerino at midfield in his 4-4-2 formation. 

The Revs led when Kei Kamara opened the scoring for New England in the 19th minute, but just one minute into the second-half, Larin and Molino played a clever one-two to free Larin in left side of the box.

The Canadian striker ripped a left-footed shot into the far post, beating goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth for his team-leading 11th goal of the season and his third consecutive game with a goal.

Molino put the Lions ahead in the 64th minute when Brek Shea made a strong run to the end line before chipping the ball into the six-yard box and the T&T international dove onto the ball and headed it into the back of the net for his first multi-goal game in MLS. It was Shea’s second assist of the season. 

The Lions put the exclamation point on a fantastic evening in the 83rd minute after an extended passing sequence between Boden, Kaká and Molino.

Boden flicked it to Kaká, who passed it up to Molino charging into the box for the T&T player to rip home his ninth goal of the season to send the 27,768 purple clad fans in attendance into a frenzy and earn Orlando City its first three-goal half of the season. 

The Lions will return to action on Sunday, July 7, against the Seattle Sounders, the team of T&T winger Joevin Jones, who saw a full 90 minutes of action in his team’s 1-1 draw with LA Galaxy.

Also on the weekend, T&T defender Mekeil Williams was on the wrong end of a 5-1 drubbing with his Colorado Rapids from New York City FC while winger Cordell Cato also featured for San Jose Earthquakes in a 1-1 draw with Houston Dynamo, and left back Aubrey David was an unused substitute in FC Dallas’ 2-0 defeat of Vancouver Whitecaps. 

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