After completing a trade with Toronto FC for the first overall pick in the 2013 Superdraft, the New England Revolution selected University of Louisville defender Andrew Farrell. Farrell mainly played center back at Louisville, but can also be successful at left back and defensive midfield positions.
Farrell signed an Adidas Generation contract in December. Most of the time, Adidas Generation signings do not count towards a team’s salary, and Farrell will be able to finish his education while playing for in the MLS as well. Farrell was also named First Team NSCCA All-American this past year.
This pick gives New England some much needed improvement to their defense. New England finished toward the bottom of the standings table in the Eastern Conference standings with 35 points. They also gave up 44 goals while only scoring 39 goals.
Many are saying that Farrell is a “MLS ready player”. That should bode well for New England who is looking to do better in the 2013 campaign. Being MLS ready will allow Farrell to contribute to the team right away.
It seems that if Farrell does well during preseason training, he will most likely find his way into the starting XI for New England come March. Additionally it will be interesting to see the impact he makes during preseason and the regular season.
In the 2012 season, Farrell helped the Louisville defense bode a goal against average of .62 in the 2012 campaign. Also he found the net four times and finished the season with nine points.