FGCU men’s soccer player becomes latest Eagle taken in MLS Super Draft

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LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Over the last four years, O’Vonte Mullings has been a star on the pitch for the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s soccer team. 

“Special, electric,” said Eagles Head Coach Jesse Cormier about his senior forward. 

That’s one way of putting it as Mullings shined for the Eagles, leading the team in scoring each of the last three years. 

“He would do things that not many other people can do,” Cormier said. 

All that production landed the forward from Toronto, Canada on the watch list of a lot of professional scouts around the country unbeknownst to Mullings. 

“I didn’t really pay attention to that, so I didn’t know what the noise in the talk was about me,” said Mullings. 

But Tuesday night, Mullings was unable to avoid the noise anymore when the New York Red Bulls selected him 21st overall in the Major League Soccer Super Draft. 

“The moment I heard my name was a monumental moment,” said Mullings. “I can say that for a fact. It was a monumental moment, and one I’ll never forget.”

It’s a dream, however, that Mullings always believed in. 

“He told me back in the day when he was younger that this was going to happen,” said Cormier. 

After all, FGCU has that track record of sending players onto the pros. 

“We calculated 17 have either signed or been drafted in the last four and a half years,” said Cormier. 

Mullings is the latest in that long line of Eagles that has made it to the next level but is just the third from FGCU to be selected in the first round of the draft. Mullings sees this as continuing a legacy for a school and program that may be off the radar for some. 

“Yes it is a small school and a small program, but you’re capable of doing big things,” he said. 

Now, Mullings said he has to report to the Red Bulls camp on Friday for testing before signing with the team. 

Despite his new job, Mullings said he will finish out his degree at FGCU online. 

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