Raised in Louisville and Peru, Farrell Takes His Game to New England
Jennifer Stewart/Getty ImagesThe Revolution have high expectations for Andrew Farrell, the top pick in January’s M.L.S Superdraft.
Andrew Farrell was hardly a surprise as the top pick in Major League Soccer’s Superdraft in January: he was one of the most dominant players in the country during the 2012 N.C.A.A season with the University of Louisville. A versatile player, Farrell excelled in central defense, right back and defensive midfield, and he is expected to be in the starting lineup for the New England Revolution when they open at Chicago next weekend.
Major League Soccer’s 2013 season kicks off with nine games this weekend:
Sporting K.C. at Philadelphia, 4 p.m.
Toronto at Vancouver, 6:30 p.m.
D.C. United at Houston, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Colorado at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Montreal at Seattle, 10:30 p.m.
Columbus at Chivas U.S.A., 10:30 p.m.
Chicago at Los Angeles, 5 p.m.
Red Bulls at Portland, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Real Salt Lake at San Jose, 10 p.m.
The history of No. 1 picks in M.L.S. has been uneven. Some, like Maurice Edu, have gone on to success in Europe and the World Cup. A few, like Chance Myers, have been stalwarts in M.L.S. But as in every sport, there have been top picks who are barely footnotes in league history. Perhaps aware of that, Farrell, 20, said he was entering his rookie season with a humble approach despite the h…