The New England Revolution selected three players in today’s 2014 MLS SuperDraft, including 11th overall selection Patrick Mullins from Maryland. Mullins is a former NPSL player, having most recently suited up for his hometown New Orleans Jesters in 2013.
Mullins signed a contract with the league prior to the SuperDraft and has been automatically added to New England’s roster.
The draft was an exciting time for one of the NPSL’s top players.
“I was sitting with my family and there’s obviously just a little chaos, but we were just taking it all in and just being with guys and their families, it was something special,” Mullins stated. “And knowing that I was going to be drafted today, it’s always been my dream to become a professional athlete so today was always going to be a great day.”
Mullins, 21, is the two-time defending MAC Hermann Trophy winner, garnering national player of the year honors in both 2012 and 2013. In 92 career matches at Maryland, he scored 47 goals and added 35 assists and helped lead the Terrapins to the NCAA College Cup in both 2012 and 2013, finishing as semifinalist in 2012 and the runner-up in 2013. Mullins was a two-time first-team All-ACC performer and a two-time All-ACC Championship Most Valuable Player.
Mullins’ selection in the draft represents the growth of the game in his home state, following in the footsteps of fellow Terrapin and Hermann Trophy winner Jason Garey.
“Louisiana has had some great players come up in the MLS system,” Mullins concluded. “I think it’s great that another Louisiana player is going to be in the league and it’s exciting and encouraging for players down there. Although it might not be a big hotbed for soccer, you can still make it out of there and live your dream as a professional soccer player.”