LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville athletic department collected another No. 1 today.
Andrew Farrell, a junior defender, was selected No. 1 overall by the New England Revolution in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft in Indianapolis.
He's the third U of L athlete drafted overall No. 1 in a pro sport, joining Pervis Ellison and Angel McCoughtry in basketball.
Farrell began playing soccer at the foot of his mother, who taught him the game and was his first coach. He moved to Peru at age 5 with his missionary parents, and for the next decade learned the game and its culture.
When the family moed back to Louisville, he excelled with elite clubs and attended Atherton High School.
At U of L, he led the defense and was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, after moving from midfield the season before.
"It has been an exciting day," Farrell said. "This has all been a combination of hard work and all the people who have helped me along the way. I am thankful for the opportunity to show what I can do with such a great organization. I am grateful for the time I had at Louisville and to all the great fans that supported me along the way."
Farrell had been seen as the likely No. 1 pick since singing a Generation adidas contract with MLS earlier this month.
"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."
U of L's Paolo DelPiccolo and Greg Cochrane also were drafted today. DelPiccolo was selected by the Montreal Impact with the 27th pick while Cochrane was selected by the LA Galaxy with the 38th.
"I am excited for all three guys as today and the opportunity they have to continue their careers in the MLS," U of L coach Ken Lolla said. "We are also happy for Andrew being selected first in the draft. It is a testament to him the program and the growth of Louisville soccer. We look forward to following their continued success as they will represent the University of Louisville well."
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