Few people know what it is like to win the lottery, Patrick Mullins now knows what it is like. The former New England Revolution 2014 first round draft pick is now a member of New York City FC. Mullins was selected in the second round of the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft after the Revolution declined to protect him earlier this week. Who wins this move? NYCFC or New England?
NYCFC won this deal, no question about it. Mullins is a two-time Hermann trophy winner and has only one MLS season under his belt. On top of Mullins joining the team, a player that already is known for his scoring abilities, David Villa can mentor him.
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The New York Red Bulls saw the fruits of Theirry Henry working with Bradley Wright-Phillips this season. Now, BWP is a better player then Mullins, but having someone like Villa to learn from, can only help develop Mullins into an élite forward in MLS.
During his rookie season with New England, Mullins scored four goals. For many, this showing is incredible disappointing, especially from a two-time Hermann trophy winner. Revolution fans thought Mullins would take over the league and be the next Taylor Twellman. Obviously, that is not what happened. Which is very disappointing, because Mullins is loaded with talent. No question about it.
New England honestly did one of the more foolish things in recent history, get ride of four of their forwards. The Revolution shipped Dimitry Imbongo and Geoffery Castrillion off to the Colorado Rapids while Tony Taylor and Mullins both went to NYCFC today. Who do the Revolution have left to score goals from the forward position?
The only players left on New England’s roster at the forward position are Charlie Davies, Teal Bunbury, who plays outside midfield now, Andre Akpan, who never did anything significant during his time in MLS and fan “favorite”, Jerry Bengston, who is out on-loan. Davies and Bunbury are two solid options to have on any team, unfortunately, those two players cannot carry the team into next seasons playoffs.
With Mullins and Taylor getting drafted by NYCFC, the rivalry between New England and NYCFC just picked up a lot of value. As a fellow Revolution fan, it is hard to wish Mullins the best at NYCFC. However, Mullins has always been a favorite player of mine. With that being said, he deserves to be on a team that gives his opportunities to succeed. NYCFC is perfect for him and give him a chance to be a part of history.
NYCFC must take the time to properly develop Mullins and make sure Villa gives him a lot of quality time on the practice field. Mullins will be one of the best forwards in MLS within the next two seasons. Watch out New England, this move will come back to haunt you.