Andrew Farrell (soccer)

Andrew Farrell (born April 2, 1992) is an American soccer player who plays as a defender for the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer. He played collegiate soccer at the University of Louisville, where he was an All-American, and had enhanced his draft status with his performance at the MLS Combine.[1]

Andrew Farrell
Personal information
Full name Andrew Farrell
Date of birth (1992-04-02) April 2, 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
New England Revolution
Number 2
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Louisville Cardinals 64 (6)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012 Bradenton Academics 4 (0)
2012 River City Rovers 5 (0)
2013– New England Revolution 219 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 10, 2019

Early lifeEdit

Farrell was born in Louisville, but was raised in Peru from ages of five to fifteen, where his adoptive parents were Presbyterian missionaries. He played there for the Esther Grande de Bentín (EGB) Academy and attended Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt, The American School of Lima. He later moved back to Louisville and finished high school at Atherton High School.[2][3][4][5]


College and amateurEdit

Farrell moved to Louisville from Peru before his sophomore year in high school. That year, he began playing for United 1996 FC (based in Louisville), as well as Atherton High School. Soon after, Andrew made a name for himself as one of Kentucky's most talented youth players. Near the end of high school, Farrell accepted a soccer scholarship to the University of Louisville.

As a freshman at Louisville, Farrell started 5 games and appeared in 20 for the Cardinals being only one of two freshmen to break into the starting lineup. As a junior, he started in all 23 games for the Cardinals as a midfielder before moving back as a defender for the final nine games of the season. He was named to the NCAA Division I First-Team All-America and won the Big East Defensive Player of the Year Award after the Cardinals only allowed an average of 0.62 goals per game.

Farrell also spent the 2012 season in the USL Premier Development League with the Bradenton Academics and the River City Rovers.[6][7]


On January 3, 2013, Farrell signed a Generation Adidas contract with the MLS, making him eligible for early entry into the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.[8][9] Two weeks later, he was drafted first overall in the MLS SuperDraft by the New England Revolution, making him the first ever no. 1 pick in club history.[10][11][12]

On March 9, 2013, Farrell made his professional debut in the Revs 1–0 away victory over the Chicago Fire in the club's first game of the 2013 season.[13][14] He made 32 appearances for the Revolution during his rookie season.


Louisville CardinalsEdit

  • Big East Red Division Champions (2): 2010, 2012
  • Big East Tournament Champions (1): 2010



  1. ^ Graham Parker, "MLS SuperDraft: will Andrew Farrell be Number One pick?" The Guardian, January 16, 2013.
  2. ^ Steve Jones, "Louisville soccer's Andrew Farrell could be first pick of MLS draft: Atherton grad is a defensive standout", The Courier-Journal, January 16, 2013.
  3. ^ David Woods, "Louisville defender selected No. 1 in MLS draft", USA Today, January 17, 2013.
  4. ^ Mike Woitalla, "Louisville pipeline delivers 'Peruvian product'", Soccer America Daily, January 17, 2013.
  5. ^ C. Ray Hall, "Louisville soccer's Andrew Farrell has more than his share of storylines", The Courier-Journal, October 19, 2010 (pay site).
  6. ^ "2012 Bradenton Academics stats". United Soccer Leagues. Archived from the original on 2014-02-01. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  7. ^ "2012 River City Rovers stats". United Soccer Leagues. Archived from the original on 2014-02-01. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Around Kentuckiana: Soccer", The Courier-Journal, January 3, 2013.
  9. ^ Diego Pinzón, "Andrew Farrell, un humilde e intimidador guerrero" Archived February 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine,, January 13, 2013 (in Spanish).
  10. ^ "Revs draft Andrew Farrell with #1 pick in MLS SuperDraft". New England Revolution. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  11. ^ Giesta, Mike (17 January 2014). "Revolution go with Farrell at No. 1". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Andrew Farrell Highlights Three Cardinals Selected in the MLS Super Draft". University of Louisville. 17 January 2013. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  13. ^ Ives, Tanner (10 March 2013). "Andrew Farrell and the Revs Take Down Austin Berry and the Fire". Big Red Louie. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  14. ^ Davis, Steve (9 March 2013). "Top rookie report: New England's Andrew Farrell impresses". NBC Sports. Retrieved 17 January 2014.

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