Richard Mulrooney

Richard Mulrooney
Richard Mulrooney
Richard Mulrooney
Real Name: Richard Mulrooney
HT: 5' 9" WT: 160
Age: 43 (11/03/1976)
Birthplace: Memphis, TN
Hometown: Memphis, TN

MLS Experience

2009: Standout at right back during first half of the season missed entire second half due to injury … Helped set up first four goals of the season, one on 3/21, two on 3/28, and one on 4/19… Assisted on Chris Wondolowski's goal on 3/28 at SJ, the 65th regular season assist of his MLS career … Fractured cheekbone in practice collision on 5/12 … Returned to lineup wearing face shield in 1-0 win at CHI on 6/5 and saved a goal with a headed clearance off the goal line from a corner kick … Scored with long-range blast in 3-1 win at FCD on 6/10, his first goal since 8/30/06, when he played for Dallas … Injured knee on artificial turf in 2-1 loss at SEA on 7/11, an injury that forced him to have surgery and miss the remainder of the season … 08-09 Champions League: Picked up a yellow card in both legs of quarterfinal series vs. Atlante … Open Cup: Played first 45 minutes in 2-0 win at Austin on 7/1 … Did not play on 7/7 at Charleston … Did not play due to injury on 7/21 at SEA … 09-10 Champions League: Missed entire group stage due to injury.

2008: Regular right back who also appeared in midfield for the Dynamo … Started the first 13 games of the regular season but missed six league games due to knee swelling … Finished with 23 appearances and four assists … Started as midfielder early in the season when Ricardo Clark was suspended, then returned to right back … Took quick free kick that led to Bobby Boswell's game-winning goal at CHI on 5/17 … Contributed two assists in 4-0 win vs. CHV on 8/20 in return to first team after missing 12 games in all competitions … Playoffs: Played every minute of series vs. NY … Champions' Cup: Started all four games, including several appearances in midfield … SuperLiga: Missed the entire tournament due to injury … Champions League: Made substitute appearances in midfield in three of five games … Reserves: Made two starts (8/17 and 8/27) while recovering from knee injury.

2007: Played in every game for the Dynamo after being acquired from Toronto FC, switching between midfield and right back … Finished the season with 27 starts, including two in Toronto … Tied for the team lead with five assists and became regular corner-kick taker by the end of the season … Made Houston debut in 1-0 loss at NY on 4/21 … Made first Dynamo start in 3-1 win at COL on 5/5 … Notched first assist of the season when Brian Ching redirected his outside shot for the only goal in a 1-0 win vs. DC on 7/8 … Had four assists in a five-game stretch from 9/8 to 10/15 … Three of the four assists came on set pieces converted by defenders … Playoffs: Played every minute of the postseason as a defensive midfielder and notched one assist … Sent in a cross which Nate Jaqua headed in for the opening goal in the Western Conference final vs. KC on 11/10 … Won third MLS Cup title in 2-1 win in MLS Cup final … SuperLiga: Played every minute of the tournament for the Dynamo … Set up Eddie Robinson's dramatic game-tying goal in the semifinal vs. Pachuca on 8/14 with a well-placed free kick … Successfully converted his penalty kick in the ensuing shootout, scoring to the top left corner to give Houston a 3-2 lead.

2006: Voted Major League Soccer's Comeback Player of the Year after fully recovering from a right torn ACL, which caused him to miss the majority of the 2005 season … Played 25 games for FC Dallas, 23 of which were starts, tallying one goal and nine assists in 2,075 minutes of action … Selected to the 2006 MLS All-Star Game as a Commissioner's Pick.

2005: Scored a goal in the second minute of his first game with FC Dallas, a 2-1 win vs. CHI on 4/2 … Started the first seven games but suffered a torn right ACL in the 34th minute at SJ on 5/14, causing him to miss the remainder of the season.

2004: Was the only member of the Earthquakes to play every minute of every match in the 2004 regular season … Selected to the MLS All-Star Game for the second time in his career, notching an assist in the match.

2003: His well-placed strike in the 50th minute of the 2003 MLS Cup final, off of an assist from college teammate Brian Mullan, proved to be the game-winner as San Jose won its second MLS title in three years … Became Earthquakes' all-time leader in games played with 133 after starting and playing the full 100 minutes on 10/25 vs. LA.

2002: Was named an MLS All-Star for the first time … Fractured right ankle on 9/14 at LA and missed the remainder of the season.

2001: Made MLS playoff debut on 9/22 at CLB, playing 90 minutes … Recorded assist on Landon Donovan's tying goal in MLS Cup final on 10/21 vs. LA at Crew Stadium.

2000: Voted the Earthquakes MVP … Led team in assists (nine) and matches started (29) … Started at five different positions: right, left and defensive midfield and right and left back … Missed only one match (7/22 vs. NE) after suffering separated left shoulder vs. Colorado on 7/15.

1999: Was an MLS Rookie of the Year finalist and was only San Jose player (and the only MLS rookie) to appear in all 32 matches … Scored first professional goal as substitute at CHI on 7/23 on a stunning 30-yard shot in the 81st minute … Recorded first-ever assist at Miami on 6/26.



United States international (14 caps) … 2004: Started in 1-1 tie vs. Denmark on 1/18 … Appeared as a substitute in 1-1 tie vs. Haiti on 3/13 … 2003: Had his busiest year ever with the national team, playing in eight matches and playing on the CONCACAF Gold Cup squad that finished third … 2002: Named an alternate for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan … 2001: Earned first cap on 12/9 in 1-0 loss to South Korea in Seogwipo, Korea, entering as a sub in 68th minute … Youth: Made the U.S. U-20 national team before his senior year of high school but broke his leg and was unable to see action with the team.



Played four years (1995-98) at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. … In 1998, was named first team NSCAA All-America and was Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player at conference tournament … A three-time All-MVC and MVC All-Tournament team selection … Preseason finalist for both Hermann Trophy and M.A.C. Award in 1998 … Led school to 1996 NCAA Final Four.


Youth Club

Kickers '75, coached by Chris Fauser; Memphis FC, coached by Richard Bute; Clearwater Chargers.



Married to Shelley, and they have one son, Hayden … As senior at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tenn., was named a Soccer America "Super 11 Recruit" and one of USA Today's "Top 25 Seniors" in 1994 … Helped South team win Puma Cup championship in 1995 … Majored in business administration with a specialization in marketing at Creighton … Older brother John played soccer at University of Akron … Played on USISL Nashville Metros with brother John … Avid golfer … Field goal kicker for high school football team.

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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2010Houston Dynamo2319016713207010
2009Houston Dynamo1414112601335010
2008Houston Dynamo23220202545219130
2007Houston Dynamo28250234158217020
2007Toronto FC2201800111000
2006FC Dallas252312075912521410
2005FC Dallas7725742728110
2004San Jose Earthquakes3030127008281335240
2003San Jose Earthquakes252502330724729120
2002San Jose Earthquakes262612312822539121
2001San Jose Earthquakes2120118789311326040
2000San Jose Earthquakes2929026469301536231
1999San Jose Clash322512338313528350
Career Totals-285267824330681867327115292
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