New York City FC traded forward Patrick Mullins to D.C. United on Wednesday, just another move by the Pigeons this month.
According to reports, New York City FC traded forward Patrick Mullins for targeted allocation money and an international slot on Wednesday. A source close to the Washington Post called the amount of money sent to NYCFC as “significant.”
— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) July 20, 2016
Mullins was selected fourth by NYCFC in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft in December from the New England Revolution.
He played in 31 combined matches between 2015-16, scoring six goals for the Pigeons, all of which coming last year. He also tallied five assists in his 31 total matches played.
His biggest goal was his first NYCFC goal against his former club, the Revolution, in the “Historic Home Opener” last year in Yankee Stadium. Throughout the 2015 campaign, he found ways to score big goals off of the bench.
Mullins only played in seven matches this year, starting in two of them while new head coach Patrick Vieira was trying new things out early in the season. With the emergence of rookie Jack Harrison and the solid play of both captain David Villa and Tommy McNamara, Mullins has struggled to find his way onto the pitch despite continuously finding his way into the 18-man lineup.
He was a no-show at NYCFC’s training session Wednesday morning as the deal was apparently in the works and announced around noon. Both sides have said that they’re awaiting MLS approval on the deal.
Mullins, 24, was a two-time Hermann Trophy winner at the University of Maryland — the nation’s best collegiate soccer player — and was selected in the first round by the Revolution in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) July 20, 2016
D.C. United continues to make key moves this summer, recently acquiring Lloyd Sam from the Red Bulls prior to acquiring Mullins on Wednesday. They also sent their lone Designated Player, Fabian Espindola, to the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Mullins is just the second giveaway by Vieira this season. He sold fan favorite Kwadwo Poku to Miami FC of the NASL in late June.
The key piece of this trade for NYCFC is the international slot.
That particular international slot is presumably needed for their newly-signed defender Maxime Chanot from KV Kortrijk of the Belgian First Division. Chanot is still waiting for his paperwork to be finished, although his signing was announced on Saturday by the club.
— New York City FC (@NYCFC) July 16, 2016
Chanot has yet to participate in an official training session with NYCFC, leaving him (as of now) doubtful for Sunday’s derby match at the Red Bulls.