How Acquired: Selected in the first round (first overall) in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
The Revolution’s first-ever number one pick in the MLS SuperDraft … plays bigger than his size and has a very quick first step … has good speed and is excellent in the air… tough and extremely gifted physically ... has great passing skills for a defender, especially on the attack when he gets forward … his tenacity and persistence on the field belies his humble nature off the field … had a tremendous rookie season – one of the best for a first-year defender in league history – but his individual performance and contributions were overshadowed by the team-first defensive effort … Twitter account: @2Fast2Farrell.
2013: Made 32 appearances, all starts, at right back as an MLS rookie. Had one assist. Helped the Revs boast one of MLS’ top defenses on the year, a unit that finished tied for third in the final rankings. Made his MLS debut at Chicago (March 9). Missed the Portland match (May 2) with a left knee contusion suffered in stoppage time of the Philadelphia (April 27) match, but returned to the lineup against Real Salt Lake (May 8). Recorded his first career assist against LA Galaxy (June 2). Was shown first red card of his career against Vancouver (June 15) and missed the Chivas USA match (June 29). Started the final 18 matches of the regular season. Started both of the team’s MLS Cup Playoff matches against Sporting Kansas City (Nov. 2, Nov. 6), playing all 210 minutes of the series. In the leg 2 loss at Sporting Park, replaced Matt Reis in goal for the the final minutes of the game and stoppage time after Reis left the game injured and the team was out of substitutions. Made one appearance in the U.S. Open Cup, a start at D.C. United (June 26) in the quarterfinal.
College: A 2012 NSCAA first-team All-America honoree and BIG EAST defensive player of the year as a junior… also a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy as college’s player of the year … started all 44 games in which he played as a sophomore and junior … transitioned from the central midfield to defense as a junior… helped Louisville post a 0.62 team goals against average in 2012 … scored six goals and added six assists in his three-year career … helped the Cardinals advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons, including its 2010 NCAA Championship match appearance.
Personal: Son of Ruth and Hunter Farrell … native of Louisville, Ky., and son of missionaries, he spent 10 years (ages 5-14) growing up in Peru while his parents worked … lists playing for the NCAA Championship with Louisville in 2010 as his favorite soccer memory … favorite vacation destination is Brazil … in his free time, enjoys playing the piano and reading adventure fiction books, including the “Lord of the Rings” series … outside of MLS, supports Peru’s Alianza Lima… studied sports administration and minored in Spanish at Louisville … names “The Office” his favorite TV show and admires actor Steve Carrell … likes to listen to Damian Marley before games but also enjoys country music … has a pet bulldog, Rufus … fluent in Spanish.