As we do every year, through the month of December we'll be doing ratings and reviews of every player who played even a slightly significant amount of minutes for the Colorado Rapids in 2013. We'll start from the goalkeepers and move our way up to the forwards. Today, we'll cover Brian Mullan.
Name: Brian Mullan
Appearances: 16 (1359 minutes)
Stats: 2 assists
We were very high on Brian Mullan last season after he made a move to striker in Oscar Pareja's 4-3-3 formation and scoring two goals with seven assists. He was a potential team MVP during the awful 2012 season, but he was always going to have to be a stopgap-type player coming into 2013. We saw signs of his age catching up to him all the way back in 2010 after the trade that brought him to Colorado, and at 34 years old going into 2012 it was unlikely he was going to be placed in a full-time role.
That in mind, Oscar Pareja opened up the offense to a new batch of players (Atiba Harris, Deshorn Brown, Kevin Harbottle and Dillon Powers started the opening day match against FC Dallas up top) and decided to move Brian Mullan back into a fullback spot. It fit his abilities as a defensive winger, though the team missed his offense a bit with him so far back on the field. The defense of the team was much improved right from the get-go though, and Mullan was a part of that.
In the end, Mullan started to look his age and didn't have the pep in his step that we'd seen in previous years. (He was also a bit slow to effectively play fullback.) An injury forced Chris Klute into his role, and just like Matt Pickens and Clint Irwin, the youngster was so impressive that Mullan couldn't find his way back onto the field.
Is this the end for Mullan? It looks like he will have a hell of a time finding a spot in the starting XI from now on, and it's unlikely that he would be able to find a whole lot of callers elsewhere. If there's another year in it for Brian, there will be no complaints. First though, he's got to help another old guy celebrate his retirement in a few days. Maybe after that, he'll have decided.
PLAYER RATING: 5
.GIF TO SUM UP HIS SEASON:
Groove out, old man, groooove.