Farfan at 2011 preseason training with the Union
|Full name||Michael Farfán Stopani|
|Date of birth||June 23, 1988|
|Place of birth||San Diego, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|2003–2005||IMG Soccer Academy|
|2006–2007||Cal State Fullerton Titans||35||(8)|
|2009–2010||North Carolina Tar Heels||41||(10)|
|2006||Orange County Blue Star||1||(1)|
|2007–2008||Ventura County Fusion||21||(3)|
|2009||Los Angeles Legends||8||(3)|
|2016||Seattle Sounders FC||1||(0)|
|2016||→ Seattle Sounders FC 2 (loan)||7||(0)|
|2003–2005||United States U17||13||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 24, 2016|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 17, 2011
Michael Farfán Stopani (born June 23, 1988) is a retired American soccer player.
Youth and College
Played club soccer with the La Jolla Nomads of San Diego where he captured numerous team titles, including the 2002 national championship. He also played in the Youth World Championships in Japan in 2000.
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 Fullerton State in the Spring of 2006.
Farfan enrolled in the University of North Carolina in January 2009. 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.
During his college years Farfan also played extensively in the USL Premier Development League, for Orange County Blue Star, Ventura County Fusion, the Los Angeles Legends, and the Ogden Outlaws.
On January 13, 2011, Farfan was drafted in the second round (23rd overall) in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by the Philadelphia Union. He made his professional debut on April 6, 2011 in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game against D.C. United 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. He was part of the MLS Team of Week 10 for this performance.
After three seasons in Philadelphia, Farfan was sold to Cruz Azul of Liga MX ahead of the 2014 Clasura. He scored in his debut with Cruz Azul against Pachuca. Farfan was released by Cruz Azul just 6-months into his 3-year deal.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|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|
|2014||Cruz Azul||Liga MX||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|2015||D.C. United||Major League Soccer||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||3||0|
Updated March 13, 2015
- Cruz Azul
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- DC down Union on PKs in USOC play-in round