In our first installment of the 2012 Get to Know the Rowdies, we introduce forward Luke Mulholland, who is in his first season with Tampa Bay.
Luke has started all four matches for the Rowdies in 2012 and leads the league with 16 shots. Luke joined the Rowdies after a successful late season run with the NASL champion Minnesota Stars in 2011. He joined the Stars in September, making his debut in a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay on September 6. Playing as a forward, Mulholland had five shots and assisted the Stars’ only goal as Brian Kallman headed in his corner kick early in the second half.
Mulholland also scored the game-winning goal as the Stars knocked Tampa Bay out of the playoffs with a 1-0 victory in the NASL quarterfinals on October 1 at Al Lang Stadium. He netted the game-winner again a few weeks later in a 3-1 Stars victory over Ft. Lauderdale in the first leg of the NASL Championship Series on October 22.
Mulholland moved up to NASL with Minnesota following a very successful rookie season playing for third division club Wilmington Hammerheads. Mulholland led the club with nine goals and was second on the team with five assists. His performances for Wilmington earned him the league’s Rookie of the Year award as well as a nomination for the league's Player of the Year award.
Prior to joining the Hammerheads, the Preston, England, native played four seasons for the Wingate University Bulldogs. Mulholland made 73 appearances for the Bulldogs, scoring 37 career goals and tallying 26 assists. In 2009 Mulholland was named First Team All-American and South Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Laidback Luke (DJ Name)
Most memorable soccer moment thus far
PDL Final Four with Reading United - Very fun
Typical pre-match meal
Growing up what soccer team did you support?
All-time favorite soccer player
Favorite athlete outside of soccer
Favorite sporting event to watch
Women’s beach volleyball
One destination that you’ve never been but have always wanted to visit
North Pole to see Santa
Favorite Place in the World
Top three favorite movies
Titanic, The Notebook, Marley and Me
Three words to describe you
Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle
Favorite Vacation Spot
What do you like doing in your free time?
Getting lost in a good book at the poolside, watching films and cooking
What is your biggest fear?
Who is your hero?
Mum - single mother of 3 - Best mum in the world
Coffee or Tea: Tea
Cats or Dogs: Dogs
Facebook or Twitter: Twitter
Chocolate or Vanilla: Vanilla
X-Box or PlayStation: X-Box