By MIKE GRAMAJO
Kevin Molino made Orlando City Soccer Club history when he agreed to be the club’s first Major League Soccer signing. Now he can add the single-season USL Pro scoring record to his list of accomplishments.
Molino, who now surpasses Dom Dwyer and Jose Angulo, scored his record 16th goal of the season in the 51st minute against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday night. The midfielder took a shot off a deflection, curling the ball into the top right corner of the net. The Lions ended up winning the match 3-2.
Orlando City went into City Stadium with a four-game winless road skid, shrinking the club’s 11 point lead in the standings to three points heading into the game at Richmond.
Besides leading the league in goal scoring, the Trinidad and Tobago international now has five goals in his last five matches, a scoring run for Orlando City that was last seen in 2013 when Dom Dwyer recorded 10 goals in five games.
Molino wasn’t the only future MLS player to get on the scoresheet, as defender Rafael Ramos and midfielder Estrela, who recently joined Orlando from Benfica, each scored on their debuts for the club. Meanwhile, OCSC has now collected 10 goals in their last 5 games from five players expected to be in MLS with Orlando next year: Kevin Molino (5 goals) Darwin Ceren (2 goals), Tyler Turner, Rafael Ramos and Estrela with one goal each.
OCSC now sit six points clear from second place Richmond with a game in hand. Orlando City clinched a first-round playoff home game earlier in the month when they defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders 3-1 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
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