Minnesota midfielder Kevin Molino to miss rest of season with torn ACL

Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino is expected to miss the rest of the MLS campaign after suffering a torn ACL, the MLS club announced Monday. But then, six minutes after the restart of his second outing, disaster struck as he was replaced with a serious injury to his left knee, which will nearly certainly rule him out of any further involvement on the football field in this calendar year for club or country. He's scheduled to undergo surgery in the coming weeks.

It is the second serious injury of Molino's career after he missed most of the 2015 MLS season with a torn ACL in his right knee while at Orlando.

The Trinidad and Tobago worldwide registered seven goals and nine assists in Minnesota's debut campaign in MLS, and 11 goals and eight assists in his lone healthy MLS season in Orlando. In May of the club's inaugural season in the US and Canada's top flight, he tore the ACL in his right knee, missing the remainder of that season.

Minnesota will surely struggle to replace Molino's production and ability in the final third, but United coach Adrian Heath said his biggest concerns are for the player he first signed out of Trinidad and Tobago when coaching Orlando City in the USL in 2011. He also has 19 goals in 43 caps for Trinidad & Tobago.

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