Published: October 30, 2009
Ted Mullin isn’t the flashiest player we have ranked on one of our Top 100 lists. Playing for Triangle FC, he doesn’t compete for one of the oldest clubs around or boast one of the more credentialed resumes in the game.
Still, right there at the No. 10 spot on the 2011 Boys Top 100 there is Mullin, as steady as ever.
Mullin is a unique young player who has a game beyond his years. He’ll be heading to Wake Forest
in 2011 and taking with him a poise and understanding normally associated with older, more experienced players.
“He’s a throwback,” said Triangle FC Director of Coaching Marlo Campbell, who has watched Mullin play since he was about eight years old. “He’s a guy who relies on soccer skill rather than athleticism. He could easily play in the 1980s or 1990s and go with the best of them.”
Mullin is average size at 5-foot-10, and tactically opposing teams often try to mark him with physical players in an attempt to overpower him. Mullin combats this with his cerebral style, though as he nears college, he is getting stronger with the knowledge that things will be more physical at the next level.
Mullin’s new coach this year is Michael Brady, the assistant men’s Duke
coach and former U.S. National Team Player and NCAA Men’s Player of the Year.
Brady’s footsteps are ideal ones for Mullin to follow in.
“He’s continued to evolve. He’s a player who picks up on something and is able to analyze it and apply it,” Campbell said. “He is a cerebral type player who should do very well at the next level.”
Mullin is joined on the 2011 Top 100 list by a litany of South Atlantic region talent. The list includes: Walker Zimmerman (Gwinnett Soccer Association), Darvin Ebanks (Cobb FC), Dominic Bonilla (Gwinnett Soccer Association), Jordan McCrary, McAmos Paye (Triangle United), Spencer Lacivita (CASL), Eduardo Alvarez (Greensboro Youth SC), Jack Falle (Gwinnett Soccer Association), Robert Botchway (Concorde Fire SC), Eric Steber (CASL), Tyler Peoples (Gwinnett Soccer Association).
To see the entire 2011 Top 100 list, click here.