The Revs selected Farrell with the first overall pick in the 2013 MLS Superdraft. The 20-year-old defender is a junior at the University of Louisville where he had three standout seasons.
Farrell was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. He was also a first-team NSCAA All-American and MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist (college soccer’s player of the year award).
Farrell caught the attention of the Revolution brain trust during the season and this week at the MLS combine. New England originally had the fourth pick in the draft, but it traded that pick and allocation money to Toronto FC in exchange for the top pick.
“We’re very pleased to add Andrew to the Revolution,” Revs general manager Michael Burns said. “We believe he is the best player available in this draft class and proactively made the deal with Toronto to move up the draft order so we could ensure he was available when we picked.
“We’re looking forward to getting him into camp with us and getting him acclimated to the Revolution. We believe he has a very bright future with our club and in this league.”
Many believe Farrell will be able to contribute to the Revolution right away. His future teammates and fans met his selection with applause. See below for their reaction.
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