T&T senior football team internationals, and Carenage-residents, Kevin Molino and Joevin Jones are among the top players available from a list of 65-plus layers named by Major League Soccer as free agents.
The list was posted on the MLS.com website on Wednesday and stated that: The MLS offseason is in full swing with the free agency now open following the End-of-Year-Waivers process, allowing veterans throughout the league to engage with and sign with any club.
Eligible players are 24 years of age and older, have five MLS service years and are out of contract or have had their option declined. Free Agents can negotiate a new contract with any MLS club, including their previous team, subject to certain restrictions. There is no limit on the number of Free Agents a team may sign each year
Out of Contract Players who receive a bona fide offer from their current team can still participate in Free Agency. Option Decline Players may re-sign with their current team at any compensation subject to league approval in its discretion at any time before the beginning of Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft (Dec. 22 at 1 pm ET).
It should make for some interesting movement around the league, with this year's list of Free Agents containing many proven talents across MLS. Check out the full list of this year's eligible Free Agents below.
In the case of Molino, it seems, without doubt, his time with Minnesota United has come to an end.
This after the winger posted on Instagram a goodbye to Minnesota on December 16, 2020, thanking everyone at the club as he moves onto a new chapter.
A source told MLSsoccer.com Molino and his representative haven't notified the club that they've rejected the contract offer yet. Head coach Adrian Heath noted last week the Loons offered Molino the maximum amount the club could offer.
“The offer is there for Kev," Heath told media. "It’s the max deal he can get in America, so we can’t do an awful lot (more). We’re hoping. I get it if he wants to see what’s out there, I understand, but we’re hoping he accepts and decides to come back. … If he doesn’t, nothing we can do about that and it’s the player’s prerogative.”
Molino, 30, enjoyed perhaps his best season in MLS with nine goals and four assists in 1,264 minutes. He kept form in the playoffs, with four goals in three appearances.
He has 32 goals and 27 assists in 104 MLS appearances between stints with Orlando City and Minnesota. Molino suffered ACL injuries to both knees, first in 2015 with the Lions and then with the Loons early in the 2018 season.
And on December 14, Seattle Sounders FC announced that it was declining the contract options of 29-year-old Jones as well as Justin Dhillon, and Miguel Ibarra Seattle Sounders FC fell in the 2020 MLS Cup Final.
Jones was in his second spell with the club has been part of their 2016-2017 squad before moving to Germany’s Darmstadt and returning in 2019 to help the team lift the Audi Cup before they fell short in the final this year.
The Sounders were beaten 3-0 by Columbus Crew SC in the MLS Audi Cup final at MAPFRE Stadium. Lucas Zelarayán scored twice and Derrick Etienne added one for Columbus, as Crew SC won its second league championship in franchise history. The loss snaps an eight-match Seattle winning streak in the MLS Cup Playoffs, as the Rave Green finish their 2020 campaign with a 14-7-8 record across all competitions. It marked the fourth MLS Cup appearance for Sounders FC in the last five seasons, having previously won in 2016 and 2019, and losing in 2017.
Loons axe goalkeeper Ranjitsingh
Meanwhile, Minnesota United on Thursday that it was still in discussions with Molino regarding his future while they declined the contract option for his international team-mate, goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh.
The 27-year-old Pickering, Canadian-born Ranjitsingh has represented T&T once at senior international level and featured three times for the Loons in the regular-season conceding eight goals before he was replaced by another Canadian-born goalkeeper and T&T target Dayne St Clair.
Ranjitsingh joined the Loons during End-of-Year Waivers process on November 25, 2019.
He was the starting goalkeeper for Louisville's City FC back-to-back United Soccer League-winning teams and was hoping to become Tyler Miller's primary backup in Minnesota.
But when given his chance he failed to stand out and was replaced by 23-year-old St Clair who led the team to a first-ever Western Conference Final, St. Clair meanwhile, got called up to Canada's national men's team for a training camp in January 2021.
During his stint with Louisville, Greg made 81 appearances in goal and recorded 33 shutouts since signing in 2015. At Collegiate level he was a four-year starter at Mercer College, playing 81 matches with 363 saves and 27 clean sheets.