Should New England Revolution have protected Patrick Mullins?

As we all know, the New England Revolution were hit hard by the MLS Expansion Draft and have lost one of their brightest prospects in Patrick Mullins to New York City FC.

The forward almost single-handedly changed the MLS Cup Final when he entered the frame for Charlie Davies. And although the Revs lost in the end, Mullins showed what he is capable of with some good hold up play and created space to get other players in the game.

The 22-year-old netted four times in all competitions last term and although not prolific, he showed in glimpses the potential he has in his rookie season.

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When looking at their protected list ahead of the Expansion Draft, it is hard to look into who could have been substituted out to fit Mullins in as a protected player.

The two forwards who were protected, Charlie Davies and Teal Bunbury, are both players who are a key part of the side and the Revs couldn’t afford to lose either of them.

New England Revolution protected players:

Goalkeeper: Bobby Shuttleworth

Defenders: Kevin Alston – Andrew Farrell – Jose Goncalves – Chris Tierney

Midfielders: Jermaine Jones – Daigo Kobayashi – Lee Nguyen – Kelyn Rowe

Forwards: Teal Bunbury – Charlie Davies

The draft was hard on New England, but it would appear they had done as much as possible to cover themselves from losing key players and given the nature of the draft it just seems as if it was something they had to accept.

Mullins will learn a lot from his new teammates David Villa and Frank Lampard, and the move will continue to improve him as an up and coming young player.

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The service from Lampard and finishing ability of Villa are areas he will benefit from no end, and playing alongside the Spaniard will be particularly crucial for his development.

The Revs will no doubt be disappointed to see him go, but couldn’t afford to lose any top performing midfielders given that their preferred system is 4-2-3-1. Bunbury is a more rounded and versatile player than Mullins at this moment in time, and Charlie Davies is the main striker and is the one who can create the unexpected.

Do you think New England were right to leave Patrick Mullins unprotected for the Expansion Draft?

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MLS News Roundup: December 10

It’s been another busy day for clubs across Major League Soccer. The 2014 Expansion Draft saw New York City FC and Orlando City draft ten players each ahead of their debut campaigns in MLS, while there was also a MLS Waiver Draft. The trade window then reopened and will stay open until tomorrow evening.

To summarise all of today’s top stories we’ve rounded up the key moves and developments in one place here:

1. New York City and Orlando City bulk up squad ahead of debut season

The 2014 MLS Expansion Draft was the most interesting event of the day and one that New York City and Orlando have had in their diaries for a long time. It was over in a flash as both expansion franchises picked ten players each to give their first ever MLS squads a true identity.

All the expansion draft results can be found here.

2. Nigel Reo-Coker moves to Montreal Impact in one of just three Waiver Draft picks

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The MLS Waiver Draft followed the Expansion Draft as all 20 teams had the opportunity to select one of 58 players on the waiver wire. But only three teams took advantage of the opportunity as three former Chivas USA players were picked up. Nigel Reo-Coker moved to Montreal Impact with the first pick, with Leandro Barrera and Bobby Burling moving to San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids respectively.

3. Jamison Olave leaves New York Red Bulls to rejoin Real Salt Lake in trade

Real Salt Lake re-acquired powerful centre-back Jamison Olave from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for allocation money today. The 33-year-old, who won MLS Defender of the Year while with RSL in 2010, made over 50 appearances for the Red Bulls in two seasons. Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh revealed he was traded for salary cap reasons.

4. Daniel Lovitz traded back to Toronto FC despite New York City Expansion Draft selection

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Daniel Lovitz has had a busy day. The 23-year-old midfielder was picked by New York City in the fourth round of the MLS Expansion Draft on Wednesday. Though he was immediately traded back to Toronto FC in return for allocation money. Lovitz was selected in the second round of the SuperDraft last year and made 18 appearances in his debut season.

5. Eric Gehrig on the move twice as he lands move back to hometown Chicago

Eric Gehrig was another player who had an overly active day on the move. The defender left the Columbus Crew as he was selected by Orlando City in the tenth round of the Expansion Draft. But he was promptly traded to the Chicago Fire in exchange for a 2016 SuperDraft second round pick. The 26-year-old made 46 appearances in four seasons with the Crew. 

MLS Expansion Draft Results: New York City FC and Orlando City SC Picks

New York City FC and Orlando City went head-to-head in a fierce search for Major League Soccer talent to fill their squad’s ahead of their debut season in MLS in the 2014 Expansion Draft tonight.

Both clubs had to select ten players each from a list of 240 players who were left unprotected by the 18 other MLS teams.

The existing MLS teams could only lose a maximum of two players in the draft, and if a player was selected from their club, they had the chance to protect another player from the unprotected list.

Orlando City had the first pick and the pair then took it in turn until all 20 selections were made in total.

Here are the results of the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft:

Full results of the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft

Full results of the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft

Many were surprised by some of the selections but both clubs look to have acquired the players they think will help them finish their inaugural MLS campaigns as high as possible.

DC United striker Eddie Johnson was available but was overlooked. Other surprise omissions include LA Galaxy’s Dan Gargan, Houston Dynamo’s Corey Ashe and New York Red Bulls duo Tim Cahill and Peguy Luyindula.

What did you make of the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft results – who do you think made the better selections?