Rapids re-sign Mullan to multi-year deal
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Monday, December 5, 2011) – The Colorado Rapids have re-signed Aurora native Brian Mullan, an 11-year MLS veteran and five-time MLS Cup winner, to a multi-year contract. The midfielder was acquired by the Rapids at the trade deadline in 2010, helping lead the club to its first-ever MLS Cup two months later. Per league and team policy, further details of the contract will not be disclosed.
“Brian has established himself as one of the top midfielders in the league, a player with an impressive track record of success, and we’re thrilled that he will continue to play an important role for our club,” said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo. “He’s a dedicated, passionate player whose hard work and skill provides an example both for players already in our club and for youth soccer players across Colorado.”
“I’m very happy to have signed a new contract with the Rapids, and excited to continue my career here in Colorado,” said Mullan. “It has been great to be able to play in my home town, and I’m already looking forward to next season."
Mullan, 33, joined Major League Soccer in 2001, and has reached the MLS Cup Playoffs in each of his 11 MLS seasons, winning championships with the LA Galaxy (2002), San Jose Earthquakes (2003), Houston Dynamo (2006, 2007) and Colorado Rapids (2010). He has played a total of 279 regular season games (251 starts), scoring 27 goals and adding 49 assists. He is 20th on the League's all-time list in regular season games played and his 36 post-season games places him 7th all-time. He is the only active player among the top 20 in playoff appearances in League history.
A native of Aurora, Colo., Mullan attended Regis Jesuit High School, where he was the 1996-97 Colorado Player of the Year, and led the school to state titles in his junior and senior years. He attended Creighton University, where he was a star forward from 1997-2000, eventually being named to the school’s Hall of Fame in 2008. In addition to his success on the soccer field, Mullan was a standout youth hockey player, playing for Team Colorado and the Select 15 and Select 17 USA Hockey Teams before committing to soccer full time.