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D.C. United trades forward Patrick Mullins to Columbus Crew for $150,000 in Target Allocation Money

D.C. Untied acquire $150,000 in TAM from Columbus Crew SC for forward Patrick Mullins. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

WASHINGTON, D.C. — D.C. United traded journeyman forward Patrick Mullins to the Columbus Crew SC for $150,000 in Target Allocation Money, the club announced Wednesday.

The transfer is United’s first move since signing English superstar Wayne Rooney from Everton FC earlier this month. Rooney is currently listed as a forward/midfielder on United’s official web page.

Mullins played most recently behind Darren Mattocks on the depth chart in United’s 4-1-4-1 formation. He was brought on late in games to provide fresh legs. United also added USL forward Dane Kelly this season.

“This move will provide us with assets and flexibility for future moves,” Dave Kasper, United’s general manager and vice president of soccer operations, said in a statement released by the team. “We wish Mullins the best in Columbus and thank him for his service to the club.” 

Mullins most notably made history at United as the first player to score four goals in a single half. It took the 26-year-old 31 minutes. Mullins scored 13 goals for United after joining the club July 20, 2016.

No stranger to the Washington, D.C., area, Mullins spent four years at the University of Maryland playing for the Terrapins. He was the seventh player to win back-to-back MAC Hermann trophy awards, an honor given to the best college soccer players in the country each year. Mullins lead the Terps to a NCAA College Cup final four in 2012 and a College Cup final in 2013.

Columbus will be Mullins’ fourth club in five years in the league. The New England Revolution drafted Mullins with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. He appeared in the MLS Cup final his rookie season, coming in as a substitute in New England’s 2-1 loss to the LA Galaxy.

At the end of the 2014 season, the Revolution chose not to protect Mullins in the expansion draft, where he was selected by New York City FC. After a season and a half in New York City, United acquired Mullins in exchange for allocation Money and an international roster spot.

In Columbus, Mullins will reunite with his former Maryland teammates Zack Steffen and Alex Crognale, who is currently on loan to Orange County SC.

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