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MLS draft: Revolution use No. 1 pick on Louisville’s Andrew Farrell

01.17.13 at 3:01 pm ET

At the Major League Soccer draft in Indianapolis on Thursday, the New England Revolution, who on Wednesday traded up for the No. 1 pick, selected University of Louisville junior defender Andrew Farrell.

Farrell, who stands 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, this season was named an NSCAA first-team All-America player and the Big East Defender of the Year. The Louisville native, who lived in Peru from the ages of 5 to 15, transitioned from midfield to back before this season and still managed to finish third on the team with four goals and nine points. The Revs project him to be a central defender or right back.

“I don’t know what exactly they’re going to play me at or where they’re going to try me out at,” Farrell said in a conference call with the media after his selection. “I guess I’ll find out soon enough. I’m just excited for the opportunity.”

The Revs were slotted fourth before they traded that pick and allocation money to Toronto FC for the top pick, with an eye on Farrell.

‘€œWe’€™re very pleased to add Andrew to the Revolution,’€ general manager Michael Burns said in a story on the team’s website. ‘€œWe 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.”

Two New England college products went right after Farrell, as UConn midfielder Carlos Alvarez was selected second overall by Chivas USA and Boston College’s Kyle Bekker went third to Toronto. Also, BC forward Charlie Rugg went 19th to the Los Angeles Galaxy, Northeastern forward Don Anding went 26th to the Philadelphia Union, and Brown defender Dylan Remick went 35th to the Seattle Sounders.

In the second round, the Revs had two early picks (21st and 23rd overall) and they used them on Charlotte forward Donnie Smith and Xavier forward Luke Spencer. Smith, a left-side attacker, was named to the College Cup All-Tournament team in 2011 after leading his team to the national championship game. He finished the 2012 season with four goals and four assists in 19 games (16 starts). Spencer is a 6-foot-2 senior who had 14 goals and eight assists and led to the Musketeers to an NCAA tournament berth this past season (they lost in the second round to eventual champion Indiana).

With the 36th pick, the Revs tabbed 6-foot-4 goalie Luis Soffner from Indiana. Soffner improved his stock with a strong senior season, recording a 0.72 goals-against average and .816 save percentage in 24 games. He recorded 13 shutouts, including a 1-0 victory over Georgetown in the national championship game, leading to his selection as the College Cup Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

The Revolution, under first-year coach Jay Heaps, went 9-17-8 in 2012, their third straight losing season and second straight ninth-place finish in the Eastern Conference.

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