Pictured: The best goal of the season for Colorado.
This offseason, the Burgundy Wave staff will give short reviews on the play of all Colorado Rapids players who received a decent amount of time on the pitch during the season along with a season grade. Starting with Goalkeepers and then moving up the field as necessary from defenders to forwards, today we'll feature Brian Mullan.
Name: Brian Mullan
Appearances: 22 (3)
Stats: 1 Goal, 1 Assist, 1 Red card
Brian Mullan's 2011 season will always be remembered as 'that year he crippled Steve Zakuani', which is a damn shame because in the time when he wasn't suspended - discounting his shit show in Columbus of course - he was actually very good for the Rapids in his second year with the team.
Honestly, there's not much to say about Brian other than his incredibly stupid move that brought Zakuani down ultimately hurt the team as they started to get very injured during his abesnce and could've used any depth they could have gotten.
Of course, he scored the best Rapids goal of the year when he blasted that perfect snap shot into the top corner from 30+ yards out against the Columbus Crew. His defensive wing work wasn't bad and his passing was crisp as usual, so there's not much to complain about in the minutes he wound up playing, all the way up to the end of the year when he became one of the few consistent names on the starting XI as everyone else went down hurt.
In the end, Brian Mullan was quite good on the field but in a year that was filled with injuries cost the team his services for 10 games, which I think hurt the team in the end. That knocks down his player rating a chunk, but his play on the field was fine and in 2012 he should be fine even as his age continues to advance.
PLAYER RATING: 5