Richard Mulrooney inducted into TSSA Hall of Fame
The Tennessee State Soccer association inducted Richard Mulrooney into it’s Hall of Fame during the 2018 AGM, held the weekend of February 3rd at the Nashville Airport Marriott. Mulrooney is arguably the most decorated player in TN Soccer history. His youth playing days were played in Memphis as a member of Memphis FC where he played for TSSA Hall of Fame Coach Richard Bute.
After his youth days in Memphis, Mulrooney played four years at Creighton University, where he was a NSCAA first- team All-American, the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, and the Most Valuable Player of the MVC Tournament. He was a three-time All-Midwest Region first-team member and selected three times for first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference. During his sophomore year, Mulrooney lead Creighton to the NCAA Men’s Final 4 and to the Elite 8 his senior year. Mulrooney was inducted into the Creighton University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008 for his outstanding accomplishments.
Once his senior season was completed, Mulrooney was drafted third overall in the 1999 MLS draft by San Jose and was a finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year that same year. He won two MLS Cup Championships with San Jose, and later won a third with the Houston Dynamo. Mulrooney was voted 2006 MLS Comeback Player of the Year, and was chosen as a starter for the MLS All-Star team in 2006, where he helped lead the all-stars to a win over English club Chelsea, 1-0. He earned his first cap with the US Men’s National team 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. He has 13 caps for the US Men’s National team.
Mulrooney now serves as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at the University of Memphis and resides in Collierville with his wife, Shelley, and their two sons.