Minnesota United's Kevin Molino to miss remainder of 2018 season

Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, the club confirmed on Monday. The Trinidad and Tobago global, who has 19 goals from 43 starts for the Soca Warriors, is expected to undergo surgery in the coming weeks.

It is a major blow for Minnesota, who bought Molino for an MLS joint record of US$650,000 in the club's debut top-flight season in 2017.

The 27-year-old suffered the injury to his left knee in the Loons' 2-1 win at Orlando City on Saturday, being stretchered off in the 51st minute.

The Trinidad and Tobago global 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.

Molino has notched 20 goals and 19 assists in 69 MLS matches since entering the league in 2015.

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.

Molino was likely to feature for Trinidad and Tobago in friendlies away to Guadeloupe and Martinique later this month.