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Columbus Crew’s Kevin Molino (ACL) out 9-12 months

Aug 18, 2021; Harrison, New Jersey, USA; Columbus Crew midfielder Kevin Molino (9) tries to controls the ball as New York Red Bulls forward Patryk Klimala (10) defends during the first half  at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 18, 2021; Harrison, New Jersey, USA; Columbus Crew midfielder Kevin Molino (9) tries to controls the ball as New York Red Bulls forward Patryk Klimala (10) defends during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Crew midfielder Kevin Molino will have surgery to repair a torn right anterior cruciate ligament and be sidelined for nine to 12 months.

The team announced Thursday that the injury occurred during training on Tuesday. This is the third time the 31-year-old veteran has torn an ACL — in the right knee in 2015 and left knee in 2018.

Molino signed a multi-year deal with the Crew before the 2021 season but missed the first two months because of an ongoing issue with a hamstring.

Molino has one goal in 11 games (seven starts) this season. He has 33 goals and 27 assists in 115 career MLS games (98 starts) with Orlando City SC (2015-16), Minnesota United FC (2017-20) and Columbus.

The 2020 MLS Cup champions have lost six straight matches heading into Friday’s rivalry game against visiting FC Cincinnati.

–Field Level Media