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Revs lose Mullins, Taylor in expansion draft

A pair of promising forwards won't be returning to the New England Revolution in 2015 after Patrick Mullins and Tony Taylor were selected by New York City FC in Wednesday's expansion draft.

New York City FC selected Mullins with their second pick and Taylor with their fifth. Once Taylor was chosen, the remaining players on the Revolution's unprotected list were no longer eligible for selection as no club could lose more than two players.

Mullins' departure came less than four days after he assisted on Chris Tierney's 79th-minute goal during Sunday's MLS Cup final. The back-to-back Hermann Trophy winner was drafted by the Revolution with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 SuperDraft. He played in 21 games and became the first rookie in more than a decade to score in four straight games.

Taylor joined the Revolution via weighted lottery in August after spending four years plying his trade in Europe. He made his lone appearance for New England on Aug. 23 as a late-game substitute in a 1-0 win over Chivas USA.

Prior to the expansion draft, the Revolution sent allocation money to both New York City and Orlando City SC as part of an agreement that neither would select midfielder Diego Fagundez, who was among those on New England's unprotected list.

With the departures of Mullins and Taylor, Charlie Davies and Teal Bunbury are the only two forwards remaining on the Revolution roster. The club's current roster now stands at 19.