Schillo Tshuma, a sophomore midfielder/forward from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and Patrick Mullins, a senior forward from New Orleans, Louisiana, signed Major League Soccer contracts on Friday, officially marking the beginning of their professional soccer careers.
“I am extremely excited for both Patrick and Schillo as they enter into their new careers in MLS,” said Head Coach Sasho Cirovski in an interview with Maryland Athletics. “For two years now, they have formed the best forward partnership in college soccer. To have two players from Maryland signed before the draft is a testament to their ability and the soccer culture at Maryland.”
During the 2013 season, Tshuma scored a total of 6 goals in 25 games played.
“Schillo made his mark in two years,” said Head Coach Cirovski in a continued interview with Maryland Athletics. “His work rate is special and his raw talent is undeniable.”
Mullins is a two time NSCAA First Team All-American and the winner of the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best college soccer player. During the 2013 season, he led the nation in scoring with 19 goals in 26 games played.
“Patrick leaves Maryland as one of the all time greats. He is the total package,” said Head Coach Cirovski in a continued interview with Maryland Athletics. He then went on to say that Mullins improved every year he was at Maryland and he expects for him to continue to do so while playing in the MLS.
Together, Mullins and Tshuma helped to put Maryland into the 2013 Men’s College Cup final, which took place on December 15, 2013 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; but the Terps fell short, loosing 2-1 to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
Mullins, who scored the Terps only goal in the first half, was named to the College Cup All-Tournament Team.
The Terps finished the 2013 season with a 17-4-5 record.