SANDY, UT - APRIL 13: Fabian Espindola #7 of Real Salt Lake fights for the ball with Brian Mullan #11 of Colorado Rapids during the first half of an MLS soccer game April 13, 2010 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
Brian Mullan made league history in all the wrong ways back on April 22nd when his horror tackle against Steve Zakuani broke the Seattle Sounders star player's leg and ended his season. Brian went on to get the largest suspension in the history of the league, nine games along with the usual single game for a red card and a $5000 fine on top of it to boot.
Mullan's playmaking abilities and defensive ability on the wing have been sorely missed by Colorado as Wells Thompson and Sanna Nyassi were forced to take his place for most of the 10 games he's been out. Fortunately for Colorado, Mullan will return to the roster this weekend against the Columbus Crew. With Mullan and Jamie Smith both healthy - assuming that the fitness test that Jamie failed before the LA Galaxy game was just a fluke and he's not injured again - will give Colorado its first taste of their first choice starting midfield since that fateful day against the Sounders.
Without Mullan, Colorado had a strangely mediocre yet almost productive record of 2-1-7.