After selecting University of Maryland goalkeeper Zac MacMath in the first round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Philadelphia Union went back to the Atlantic Coast Conference in round two to nab University of North Carolina product Michael Farfan. After racking up 10 goals and seven assists in his final two collegiate seasons, Farfan was selected with the 23rd overall pick.
A talented and versatile midfielder, Farfan was on the Union radar during his final year in Chapel Hill. He knew there was pre-draft interest from Philadelphia's technical staff.
"I knew through Coach [John] Hackworth - he had seen me play," said Farfan. "I spoke to him after the Final Four a little bit, then I talked to him before the draft."
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Farfan started 73 of the 75 games he played over a four-year college career, two of which were spent with the University of Cal State Fullerton before transferring to UNC. In 2008, Farfan took a break from college soccer, training in France and San Jose.
He describes himself as a skillful player with flexibility - a teammate who can fill a number of positions and roles.
"I like to keep the ball - I'm a technical player and I'm creative," Farfan told the media in Baltimore after being selected. "(I can play) out on the flanks, right mid, left mid - even in the center as an attacking midfielder."
With Cal State-Fullerton, Farfan was named Big West Freshman of the Year in 2006 and All-Big West in 2007. At UNC, Farfan was a First Team All-American in both 2009 and 2010 and a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist in 2010. Prior to his college career, the 22-year-old was part of the 2005 US U-17 World Cup squad and a member of the U-17 residency program in Bradenton, FL.
Now, the San Diego native will ply his trade in MLS with the Union.
"I'm excited to start my soccer career, and I'm excited to be with a fairly new team," Farfan said. "I can't wait to get started. I'm just excited to start a new season."