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Name  Richard Mulrooney
Salary  120,000 USD (2010)
1995–1998  Creighton Bluejays
Role  Soccer player
Children  Hayden Mulrooney
Years  Team
Height  1.75 m
Siblings  John Mulrooney Jr.
1995–1998  Nashville Metros
Spouse  Shelley Mulrooney

Richard Mulrooney
Date of birth  (1976-11-03) November 3, 1976 (age 39)
Place of birth  Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Parents  Rose Mulrooney, John Mulrooney

Playing position  Midfielder, Defender

San Jose Earthquakes - 07-21-01 - Richard Mulrooney Goal

Richard Mulrooney (born November 3, 1976 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a former American soccer player. He is the current Men's Soccer coach at the University of Memphis



Mulrooney played four years of college soccer at Creighton University, where he recorded 51 assists from 1995 to 1998. While there, he helped lead the team to the NCAA Final Four in 1996, and was named an NCAA All-American as a senior.


Upon graduating, Mulrooney was drafted third overall in the 1999 MLS College Draft by the San Jose Clash. Mulrooney immediately earned himself a place in the Clash's starting lineup, starting 25 games while scoring one goal and 3 assists as a rookie. Mulrooney has since established himself as one of the most important players on the team, playing in 163 games and adding 44 assists while orchestrating the team's offense (both numbers are club records). He left the Quakes before the 2005 season, traded to Dallas in a large deal that included Arturo Alvarez and Brad Davis.

Mulrooney helped form the core of the FC Dallas squad that began the 2005 season in first place, but Mulrooney tore his ACL May 14, 2005 and missed the remainder of the season. He came back to become a regular for Dallas in 2006 and was named as a commissioner's pick to the 2006 MLS All-Star game, starting as the MLS All-Stars beat Chelsea 1–0.

On March 20, 2007, Mulrooney was traded to expansion MLS club Toronto FC, in exchange for a partial allocation and a 2008 SuperDraft first-round pick. On April 18, after only two games with TFC, he was sent to the Houston Dynamo for Kevin Goldthwaite and a 2008 first-round pick.

Mulrooney played every game the remainder of the season for the Dynamo and tied for the team lead with five assists. He also set up Nate Jaqua for the first goal in the Western Conference final against Kansas City. The Dynamo's 2007 MLS Cup championship was Mulrooney's third league championship.

After the 2010 MLS season Houston declined Mulrooney's contract option and he elected to participate in the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Mulrooney became a free agent in Major League Soccer when he was not selected in the Re-Entry draft.


Despite his success in MLS, Mulrooney has struggled to earn time for the US national team, as Claudio Reyna, John O'Brien, Pablo Mastroeni and Chris Armas play his position. Mulrooney earned his first cap on December 9, 2001 as a substitute against South Korea. During qualifying for the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan, Mulrooney featured prominently for Bruce Arena's squad. In a friendly match versus Ireland in Dublin during the lead-up to the tournament there was a torrential downpour which severely hampered play. Since then, he has played a total of 14 games, but has not played a major role with the team.


In 2012 Mulrooney joined the University of Memphis soccer staff, Mulrooney is the Assistant coach under HC Richie Grant

On February 25, 2014, Mulrooney was named the new Head Coach at the University of Memphis.


San Jose Earthquakes
  • Major League Soccer MLS Cup (2): 2001, 2003
  • Major League Soccer Western Conference Championship (1): 2003
  • Houston Dynamo
  • Major League Soccer MLS Cup (1): 2007
  • Major League Soccer Western Conference Championship (1): 2007
  • Individual

  • MLS Comeback Player of the Year (1): 2006
  • References

    Richard Mulrooney Wikipedia

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