In Wednesday’s 2014 MLS SuperDraft, Maryland fans saw two Terrapins selected. Senior forward Patrick Mullins was drafted 11th overall by the New England Revolution and Schillo Tshuma was drafted 17th overall by the Portland Timbers.
Personally, I am surprised Mullins fell so far as he was the best player in college by far. Many considered him to go in the first couple of picks, but fell to the Revolution to bolster their attack. to A two-time MAC Hermann Award winner, Mullins led the country with 19 goals, which brought Maryland to the national championship his senior season. Mullins had one of the most successful careers in Maryland history as he was both a leader on and off the field.
Tshuma was a pleasant surprise in his sophomore year. Named to the All-ACC Second team, Tshuma was tied with Jake Pace as the team’s second-leading scorer with six goals. A midfield/forward hybrid, the sophomore from Zimbabwe has so much potential, making his first round selection understandable.
Undoubtedly, these two men will be sincerely missed. Both contributed so much to the program and gave all Terp fans some incredible memories. Coach Sasho Cirovski will be able to add these two to his list of successful players in the MLS, but has the issue to find the leadership on and off the field to replace these fine young men. Best of luck to these two as they take on the next chapter of their young careers.