D.C. United trades forward Patrick Mullins to Columbus Crew

D.C. United traded forward Patrick Mullins to the Columbus Crew in exchange for $150,000 in targeted allocation money. The club announced the trade on Wednesday.

“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. “We wish Mullins the best in Columbus and thank him for his service to the club.”

Mullins, a 26-year-old forward, started only two MLS games for D.C. this year. He played 225 minutes in 10 games and did not score. He had a larger role with United the last two seasons, starting 12 games both years.

Mullins made a big first splash after he was acquired by United from New York City FC in July 2016, scoring eight times over the remainder of the season. Last season, he notched five goals, four of which came in the second half against the San Jose Earthquakes.

This year, D.C. has relied on Darren Mattocks, who is playing his first season with the club and is its leading scorer with eight goals. The recent signing of forward Wayne Rooney will likely further decrease opportunities for Mullins to contribute.

Even though Columbus ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference, it could benefit from offensive production. It has scored 24 goals this season, which is more than just two other clubs in the 11-team conference.

Mullins, who started his MLS career in 2014 with the New England Revolution, previously played for the University of Maryland.

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