Report: Peru national team head coach interested in bringing in New England Revolution defender Andrew Farrell

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Might Andrew Farrell’s international future lie in South America?

According to a report released on Thursday, Peru national team head coach Ricardo Gareca would like to meet with the New England Revolution center back to gauge his interest in suiting up for the CONMEBOL country. reported that Gareca will interview Farrell during his trip to the US for the 2016 Copa América Centenario draw, which will be held on February 21 in New York City. The first overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, Farrell was born in Louisville, Kentucky but spent 10 years of his childhood in Peru, where his parents worked as missionaries.

If he’s interested in suiting up for Peru, Farrell would have to first obtain Peruvian citizenship. According to Thursday’s report, Peruvian law dictates that Farrell would have to return to Peru and live there for two years before applying for citizenship. However, Gareca and the Peruvian Football Federation would appeal to the government to make an exception and credit Farrell for the 10 years he spent in the country as a child.

Farrell has played and started in 32 regular season games in all three years he’s been with the Revs. The 23-year-old began his pro career at right back, but moved into the middle in 2015 following the departure of A.J. Soares from New England.  

The Revolution will open their preseason camp on Friday at Gillette Stadium.