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Mullins, Taylor Taken by NYC FC in the Expansion Draft

NYC FC took two Revolution strikers in Wednesday's Expansion Draft.

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mullins and Tony Taylor are heading to New York as both New England Revolution strikers were chosen by New York City FC in Wednesday’s Expansion Draft.

Head coach Jason Kreis used his second pick of the draft, the fourth overall, on Mullins. In his first year in MLS, Mullins made 21 regular season appearances, contributing four goals and one assist. All four of his goals came during the month of May. Mullins played in three postseason games, including the MLS Cup where he assisted on Chris Tierney’s game-tying goal.

Taylor was selected with NYC FC’s fifth pick, tenth overall. Taylor joined the Revolution on Aug. 18 through a weighted lottery. The former US Under-20 and Under-23 National Team player didn’t have much of an impact in New England as he only made one appearance, playing nine minutes against Chivas USA.

With both Mullins and Taylor, Kreis is getting young, eager players with loads of potential. Kreis has gained a reputation for developing underutilized players, so it shouldn’t surprising if both strikers find success with their new club. Mullins and Taylor should also benefit from being in a two-striker system with the very talented David Villa.

With two strikers exiting, the Revolution will surely be looking to bolster their attacking corps in the offseason.  Charlie Davies is the only pure forward that is currently on the roster as Jerry Bengtson is on loan with Belgrano.

It’s worth noting that Steve Neumann was protected after the Mullins pick and that the Revs were the first team to lose two players.