BOSTON (CBS) – With the first overall selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, the New England Revolution selected University of Louisville defender Andrew Farrell.
“We’re very pleased to add Andrew to the Revolution,” General Manager Michael Burns said. “We believe he is the best player available in this draft class and proactively made the deal with Toronto to move up the draft order so we could ensure he was available when we picked. We’re looking forward to getting him into camp with us and getting him acclimated to the Revolution. We believe he has a very bright future with our club and in this league.”
The 20-year-old Farrell enjoyed a successful three-year career at Louisville, scoring six goals to go with six assists, and was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2012.
The 5-11, 185-pound Farrell transitioned from the midfield as a junior, and is projected to be a central defender or right back for New England. Some scouts believe he will start immediately.
The Revolution originally owned the fourth pick in the draft, but pulled off a trade with Toronto on Thursday to land them the first overall pick. In return, New England sent the fourth pick and allocation money to Toronto.
The Revs have three second round picks in Thursday’s draft: 21st overall, 23rd overall and 36th overall.