Yeah, Murillo has a ton of upside. Offensively especially.
My only concern with him is that he's not as natural as Taxi is as a defender. From day 1 you could see Taxi stopping plays before they started and that's one of the most important things for a defender. Then again, Murillo is SO young that he's got plenty of time to develop.
To be honest, there probably isn't a wing back in the entire league i would take over Taxi. Hope we end up keeping him.
Watching the Gold Cup games I am constantly reminded how many young players with talent we have had and how so many of them we have lost due to transfers (yes), but also impatience and shortsightedness.
Our more recent dedication to keeping and developing them is such a profound change that It will pay long term dividends. We brought a lot of youth up the past year or two. I know that for the 2017 season that has provided some turbulence, but not giving up on "less than perfect" young players now will give them time to find their legs. Not all of them will produce, but history has shown that when we have let them go elsewhere that time and time again many have them have turned into successful contributors, just not for us.
Time for us to reap the benefits of what we have sown. We will always lose some to bigger and richer European clubs, but let's hope enough of the Taxis and Murillos stay with us if they remain in MLS.