Terps’ Patrick Mullins to return for senior year

Maryland forward Patrick Mullins, a first-team all-American and Hermann Trophy finalist, has decided to return for his senior season, Terrapins Coach Sasho Cirovski told the Insider Friday morning.

Mullins was weighing a Generation Adidas contract offer from MLS to leave school early and enter the Jan. 17 draft. He would have been one of the top selections. As the league emphasizes homegrown players from teams’ youth academies, GA packages are not as lucrative as they once were. Mullins, a Louisiana native, is a double major on course to graduate next December.

He posted 17 goals and 10 assists in 24 matches this season in guiding the Terrapins to the NCAA College Cup semifinals. He is one of three candidates for the Hermann, awarded to the country’s best player. The other finalists are Notre Dame senior forward Ryan Finley (21 goals) and Creighton senior midfielder Ryan Gomez. The announcement is Jan. 11.

With his return, the Washington area will feature two of the country’s premier attackers next year: Mullins and Georgetown forward Steve Neumann, whose 13 assists were tied for second nationally. Neumann, who had a hat trick against Maryland in the semifinals, committed to returning for his senior year during the NCAA tournament and reaffirmed his decision to the Hoyas coaching staff last week, Coach Brian Wiese said.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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