Michael Farfan

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Michael Farfan
Michael Farfan at Preseason Training for the Philadelphia Union, Jan 2011.jpg
Farfan at 2011 preseason training with the Union
Personal information
Full name Michael Farfan
Date of birth (1988-06-23) June 23, 1988 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2003–2005 IMG Soccer Academy
2006–2007 Cal State Fullerton Titans
2009–2010 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Orange County Blue Star 1 (1)
2007–2008 Ventura County Fusion 21 (3)
2009 Los Angeles Legends 8 (3)
2010 Ogden Outlaws 4 (0)
2011–2013 Philadelphia Union 82 (4)
2014 Cruz Azul 1 (1)
National team
2003–2005 United States U17 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 8, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 17, 2011

Michael Farfan (born June 23, 1988 in San Diego, California) is an American soccer player.

Career[edit]

Youth and College[edit]

Played club soccer with the La Jolla Nomads of San Diego where he captured numerous team titles, including the 2002 national championship.[2] He also played in the Youth World Championships in Japan in 2000.[3]

Farfan played for Castle Park High School in Chula Vista, California where he won All-CIF honors as an underclassman. He later played for Edison Academic Center in Bradenton, Florida while training for the United States U-17 team. As a member of the U-17 team, Farfan played in the 2005 Youth World Cup. After a two year residency on the United States U-17 team, he enrolled at California State University, Fullerton in the Spring of 2006.[3][4]

Farfan enrolled in the University of North Carolina in January 2009.[2] He scored five goals with the Tar Heels, with three coming in the first four games, and had four assists. While at North Carolina, he was named NSCAA First Team All-America and All-ACC First Team.[5]

During his college years Farfan also played extensively in the USL Premier Development League, for Orange County Blue Star,[6] Ventura County Fusion,[7][8] the Los Angeles Legends,[9] and the Ogden Outlaws.[10]

Professional[edit]

On January 13, 2011, Farfan was drafted in the second round (23rd overall) in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by the Philadelphia Union.[2][11] He made his professional debut on April 6, 2011 in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game against DC United[12] and scored his first professional goal – a 25-yard drive from outside the box – on May 21, 2011 in a 2–1 win over Chicago Fire.[13] He was part of the MLS Team of Week 10 for this performance.[14]

After three seasons in Philadelphia, Farfan was sold to Cruz Azul of Liga MX ahead of the 2014 Clasura.[15] He scores in his debut with Cruz Azul against Pachuca.

Farfan was released by Cruz Azul just 6-months in to his 3-year deal.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2011 Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer 21 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 24 2
2012 32 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 36 1
2013 29 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
Total USA 82 4 7 0 2 0 0 0 91 4
Career total 82 4 7 0 2 0 0 0 91 4

Updated December 23, 2013

Personal[edit]

Michael's brother, Gabriel Farfan, is also a professional soccer player for Chivas USA.

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Cruz Azul

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Farfan, United States Soccer Federation, retrieved January 17, 2011 
  2. ^ a b c Michael Farfan, Philadelphia Union, retrieved January 17, 2011 
  3. ^ a b Player Bio: Michael Farfan, California State University, Fullerton, retrieved January 17, 2011 
  4. ^ Michael Farfan, Major League Soccer, retrieved January 17, 2011 
  5. ^ Player Bio: Michael Farfan, CBS Sports, retrieved January 17, 2011 
  6. ^ "Orange County Blue Star, Premier Development League". United Soccer Leagues. 2007. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ventura County Fusion, Premier Development League". United Soccer Leagues. 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ventura County Fusion, Premier Development League". United Soccer Leagues. 2009. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Los Angeles Legends, 2009 Statistics". United Soccer Leagues. 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Ogden Outlaws, 2010 Statistics". United Soccer Leagues. 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  11. ^ Philadelphia Union Select Zac Macmath, Michael Farfan and Levy Houapeu in 2011 MLS SuperDraft, oursportscentral.com, January 14, 2011, retrieved January 17, 2011 
  12. ^ DC down Union on PKs in USOC play-in round
  13. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2011-05-21-philadelphia-union-vs-chicago-fire/recap
  14. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/05/24/mlssoccercom-team-week-week-10
  15. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/12/23/mls-clubs-confirm-permanent-cruz-azul-moves-michael-farfan-and-rafael-baca
  16. ^ http://soccerly.com/article/kkinkead/cut-by-cruz-azul-michael-farfan-resurfaces-at-philadelphia-union-training

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