2022 Orlando City Player Reviews: Jake Mulraney

Aug 21, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Orlando City midfielder Jake Mulraney (23) with the
Aug 21, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Orlando City midfielder Jake Mulraney (23) with the / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

For the next week, I'll be recapping each Orlando City player's season for all player who played at least 100 MLS minutes per FBRef in 2022, starting from the least used player to the most used.

Up next is former Atlanta United winger Jake Mulraney.

Orlando City traded for Mulraney in May, bringing the Irishman in from rivals Atlanta United to fill the void of Silvester van der Water and the injured Gastón González. He cost the Lions just $200,000 in General Allocation Money, a modest price for a solid attacking option.

Mulraney played just 728 minutes for Orlando City and did little to earn a consistent spot in the lineup opposite of Facundo Torres. He scored no goals and provided no assists in his time on the field, though his crossing ability occasionally created quality chances for Orlando's strikers.

All of his underlying numbers show the lack of output from Mulraney in Orlando, ranking near the bottom in key passes and shot-creating actions per 90 minutes among Orlando's creative players. He did, however, finish third in the squad for completed crosses into the penalty box per 90 minutes with 0.49.

Mulraney was a stop-gap solution on the wing for Orlando City and did little to assert himself as anything more. He's already 26, so chances of him developing or growing into the role are slim, especially since he's already acclimated to Major League Soccer.

There's a universe where Mulraney finds his footing in the offseason and becomes a dynamic supplemental offensive piece on Orlando's front line in 2023, but it's not a probable one. Most likely, Mulraney will improve slightly from his invisible 2022 campaign, but still serve as little more than a rotation option for Orlando City.