Columbus Crew and Veteran Winger Kevin Molino Agree to Mutual Contract Termination

Kevin Molino with Minnesota United in July 2019
Kevin Molino with Minnesota United in July 2019. Photo by David Kirouac/CSM/Shutterstock (10329426n)

Veteran MLS winger Kevin Molino won’t be back with Columbus Crew for the 2024 season. The club announced that the two sides agreed to a mutual contract termination, making Molino a free agent.

Molino was part of the Crew team that won the 2023 MLS Cup. He was limited to just nine appearances in the regular season due to injuries but managed to feature in five games during the playoffs. 

Crew general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement that Molino initiated the contract termination so he could “pursue other opportunities.”

“On behalf of the club, I would like to thank Kevin for his contributions to the Crew over the past three seasons. He is a talented and solid professional who brought good, positive energy to the team, on and off the field,” Bezbatchenko said.

Kevin Molino started his professional career in his native Trinidad and Tobago before securing a transfer to Orlando City in 2011. He received USL Pro MVP honors in 2012 and 2014 and helped Orlando win two USL Pro Cups.

Molino remained with Orlando during the club’s first two seasons in MLS, in 2015 and 2016, before making a switch to Minnesota United ahead of the 2017 campaign. He departed Minnesota as a free agent after the 2020 season and signed with Crew.

Molino played a total of 135 games in MLS, scoring 34 goals and adding 29 assists. He would likely have an even bigger impact if it wasn’t for a series of injuries that hampered him throughout his career.

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