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2010 Player Rating and Review: Brian Mullan

Best picture of Mullan ever.
Best picture of Mullan ever.

This offseason, UZ will give a short review 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 go with Brian Mullan.

Name: Brian Mullan
Number: 11
Appearances: 5(2)
Stats: 2 Assists
Mullan Mullan! Mullan Mullan, Mullan Mullan, Mullan Mullan.

This one is probably going to be short just because Mullan didn't spend the majority of the season with the Rapids, only coming onto the team in September from the Houston Dynamo for outside midfielder Colin Clark. When he came to the Rapids we all knew what we were getting. One of the most famously clutch and consistent playoff performers in the history of the league, a man who had already won four titles with other squads and someone who finally knew what they would be doing in the playoffs.

Never a big goalscorer, Mullan didn't come onto the team and begin to throw in three goal games as a monster from the right side of midfield. Instead, he immediately slid perfectly into Gary Smith's system, getting very few shots for himself - although two of the shots that he had were very good chances against the LA Galaxy and his shot against FC Dallas in the final - but providing great veteran service into the box for the strikers and playing some of the best defense that Colorado has seen out of an offensive midfielder.

I strongly believe that Brian Mullan was the single biggest reason that the Rapids made and won the MLS Cup final. His veteran presence cannot be understated and his abilities far out-shined the old guy in the "creative midfielder" spot, Mehdi Ballouchy. He is getting old and his abilities might be diminishing as we saw in the cup final, but I can't wait to see him close out his storied career for the next few years in Burgundy.