Patrick Mullins, who has yet to score for D.C. United in 2017, is set to remain scoreless for the foreseeable future, after suffering a torn left meniscus last weekend in a win against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The injury will require surgery for Mullins, with the length of his absence to be determined; a lesser injury would put Mullins out six weeks, while a full meniscus repair could keep the Maryland graduate out for four to six months.
Mullins was a second half substitute for Jose Ortiz against the Whitecaps, coming on with shortly after United took the lead from a penalty. But minutes after coming on, Mullins got twisted up on the turf at BC Place. He finished out the game for United, but was visibly limping throughout the remainder of the game, and in the locker room after the game.
Earlier this year, Mullins went down with a hamstring, getting his leg caught in the grass at RFK Stadium during a 2-0 loss to Columbus Crew SC. Mullins missed the next four games for the Black-and-Red, returning as a substitute and playing the last quarter hour on April 30 against Atlanta United.
The striker has only played 401 minutes in 2017, starting five times in eight appearances. In 2016, after his July move from New York City FC, Mullins played in 14 games for United, contributing eight goals in 12 starts.