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In Patrick Mullins, DC United have acquired an efficient attacking threat

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Sure, he didn't fit in with Patrick Vieira's plans for NYCFC, but a quick glance at Mullins's stats on a per-minute basis yields attractive results.

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If I asked you to name New York City FC's all-time leader in combined goals and assists, you'd answer without hesitation.

If I then asked you who has led the team since the beginning of last year in goal-scoring and goal-assisting efficiency based on minutes played, you'd give the same answer: David Villa is prohibitively good at perforating the net like mad, scoring 31 goals and assisting on 7 more in 49 total appearances. Having played 3332 total minutes for the Blues to date, that means Villa averages one scoring play per 90 minutes.

...Well, 90.05 minutes, but you get the point.

That's pretty damn good, and it's safe to say that nobody else in the Five Boroughs can match el Guaje's prodigious clip. But let's take a look at the master list, which casts Patrick Mullins in a tremendously positive light considering his utter lack of favor in 2016 under Vieira.

All-time NYCFC Goal & Assist Efficiency (MLS Regular Season thru 17 July 2016)
PLAYER
G
A
MIN.
MIN. PER G+A
1. David Villa
31
6
3332
90
2. Kwadwo Poku
5
6
1251
113.7
3. Patrick Mullins
6
4
1271
127
4. Jack Harrison
3
2
635
127**
5. Frank Lampard
8
1
1242
138
6. Tommy McNamara
8
10
2682
141.2
7. Khiry Shelton
3
3
1660
276.67
8. Mehdi Ballouchy
3
2
1404
280

** The math-heads will discover that Harrison's rate is actually barely, marginally better than Mullins's, but we're giving Pat the advantage because larger samples yield more trustworthy results.

Hmm. Isn't that something?

Keep in mind, also, that Mullins scored the first two headed goals in New York City's history (both against Toronto-- more on that in a moment). His three total aerial strikes led the team last season. In addition to scoring the team's first-ever home goal by someone not named David Villa, he also slotted the greatest goal that the YES Network ever missed live, one which happened to be a game-winner that snapped NYCFC's infamous 11-match winless run in 2015:

Patrick Mullins: Streakslayer!

AND! Let's not forget-- last September against Toronto, Patrick Mullins led the line for a Blues side without the help of David Villa, and and the good guys beat the Reds handsomely, 2-0.

Hearkening back to NYCFC's fascinatingly tumultuous inaugural year, there's that part of you that's bummed to see Mullins depart the Boroughs. Hell, I was just a literal stone's throw away from him when he came sliding in for the match-sealing goal in the famous home opener at Yankee Stadium last March. What he did for the team and its fans, especially during that epic, often-troublesome springtime of 2015, will literally never be forgotten. Not even if we tried.

It's safe to say that DC United, as they ship sole designated player Fabian Espindola off to Vancouver, are receiving an attractive and goal-hungry piece in Mullins. You can never have enough guys that don't require a ton of minutes to score, and the 24-year-old New Orleans native checks that box in a big way.

Fare thee well, Pat.