Jan. 3, 2013
Louisville, Ky. - Major League Soccer announced Louisville junior Andrew Farrell has penned a Generation adidas contract with the league and will be eligible for selection in the 2013 SuperDraft on Jan. 17 at the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis.
Joining Farrell are Walker Zimmerman (Furman) and Mikey Lopez (University of North Carolina) and forward Jason Johnson (Virginia Commonwealth University) as the first set of players to join the league before exhausting their college eligibility. All four players will participate in the 2013 MLS Player Combine, which kicks off next Friday, Jan. 11.
Generation adidas players are typically among the top selections in the MLS SuperDraft, and they also do not count against a team's salary budget. As part of their contract, the college underclassmen also receive educational grants to continue their college education. Players who join MLS as part of the Generation adidas program receive the opportunity to develop their game and hone their skills at the professional level.
Farrell began playing the game while growing up in Lima, Peru as the son of American missionaries. Farrell anchored the Cardinals' defense in 2012 and was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year. After leading his team to a 0.62 goals allowed per game average. Farrell was also a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist and first-team NSCAA All-American. But in addition to playing center back, Farrell also played at right back as well as defensive midfield.