Sinead Farrelly

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Sinead Farrelly
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Personal information
Full name Sinead Louise Farrelly
Date of birth (1989-11-16) November 16, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Havertown, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Boston Breakers
Number 24
Youth career
2005–2008 Spirit United Gaels
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 University of Virginia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Philadelphia Independence 14 (1)
2011–2012 New York Fury[1] 1 (0)
2012 Apollon Limassol[2] 5 (6)
2013 FC Kansas City[3] 16 (1)
2013–2014 Apollon Limassol (loan) 0 (0)
2014–2015 Portland Thorns FC 36 (2)
2016– Boston Breakers
National team
2006 United States U-17
2007–2008 United States U-20
2009–2012 United States U-23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 23, 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 28, 2012

Sinead Louise Farrelly (born November 16, 1989) is an American professional soccer midfielder. She currently plays for Boston Breakers of the National Women's Soccer League. In 2011, she played for the Philadelphia Independence of the WPS and was a member of the United States U-23 women's national soccer team.[4] She was selected by the Philadelphia Independence as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 WPS Draft from University of Virginia. She was a Hermann Trophy semifinalist in 2009.[5]

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Havertown, Pennsylvania, Farrelly began playing soccer at the age of five.[6] She attended Haverford High School where she was a four-time team MVP and earned First Team All All-Southeastern PA honors. She was named a 2006 NSCAA Youth All-American and ranked seventh as the nation's top recruit by SoccerBuzz.

Farrelly was a member of the Spirit United Gaels club that was the 2006 National Runner-Up and was played for the Region I Olympic Development Program (ODP) team.[7] During her time with the Spirit United Gaels, the team was a US Youth Soccer National Finalist (2006), a USYS Regional Champions (2006), and a Two-Time State Champions (2005 & 2006. Her team's incredible run in 2006, although cut short by a loss to FC Wisconsin Eclipse in the National Championship in Des Moines, Iowa, won their head coach, Sean McCafferty, the 2006 EPYSA Girls' Coach of the Year Award and 2006 NSCAA Regional Youth Girls' Coach of the Year Award. The Gaels made it through to Regionals the next year on a wildcard after a tough loss to the FC Pennsylvania Strikers in the State Cup Final. Their Regionals drive did not finish as they would have aspired to, as they did not even make the final this year.[citation needed]

University of Virginia[edit]

Farrelly attended the University of Virginia and played for the Cavaliers in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). As a freshman in 2007, she started all 23 games and ranked third on the team with five goals (including three game-winners) and four assists. She was named First Team All-ACC, Second Team NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic, and Top Drawer Soccer Co-National Rookie of the Year. During her sophomore season, she tarted all 23 games and ranked third on the team in scoring with five goals and three assists. She was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team, First Team All-ACC, and NSCAA and Soccer Buzz All Mid-Atlantic Region. As a junior, she started all 22 games and led the Cavaliers in scoring with eight goals and eight assists for a total of 24 points. She was named Second Team NSCAA All-America selection and was a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist. During her senior year, Farrelly was honored as the University of Virginia's top female athlete of 2010–11 after starting all 22 games and leading the Cavaliers with 12 goals and seven assists (for a total of 31 points). She was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year and was a NSCAA First Team All-American. She earned her fourth straight All-ACC selection and was a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist for the second time.[7]

Farrelly's 90 games started ranks her second to future FC Kansas City teammate, Becky Sauerbrunn in the school's history. She ranked eighth in school history with 84 points scored in her career and eighth for most in a season with 31.[8]

Playing career[edit]


Philadelphia Independence, 2011[edit]

Farrelly was the number two pick in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Philadelphia Independence.[9] She tallied one goal and two assists for the Independence while starting in 13 of 14 games played (1101 minutes).[10] Her first WPS career goal occurred during a match against Western New York, which ended up being the game-winning goal and solidified a first place standing for the Independence in mid-July. The Independence would later come in second at the WPS Championship.

New York Fury, 2012[edit]

After the WPS suspended operations in early 2012, Farrelly signed with the New York Fury in the WPSL Elite.[11]

Apollon Limassol, 2012–13[edit]

Farrelly played for Apollon Limassol from 2012–2013 in the UEFA Women's Champions League. She made five starts in five games for the club and scored six goals. During this time. Farrelly broke her arm in their first leg of their first game of the Knockout Stage against ASD Torres CF.[12]

FC Kansas City, 2013–2014[edit]

In 2013, Farrelly signed with FC Kansas City for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League.[13] She scored her first goal for the club in a home match against Seattle Reign FC, helping the Blues notch their first win for the season.[14]

Apollon Limassol, 2013–14[edit]

At the end of the 2013 NWSL season, Farrelly joined Cypriot team Apollon Limassol for a second time, this time on loan from FC Kansas City. The loan spell will end on January 31, 2014.[15]

Portland Thorns FC 2014–[edit]

On January 13, 2014, Portland Thorns FC announced that they had obtained Farrelly from FC Kansas City in exchange for a second-round draft pick (16th pick overall) in the 2014 NWSL College Draft.[16]

Boston Breakers 2016–[edit]

On October 26, 2015, Boston Breakers announced that they had obtained Farrelly from Portland Thorns FC in a package deal along with McCall Zerboni for first-round (No. 2 overall) and second-round (No. 20 overall) picks in the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft.[17]


Farrelly has represented the United States at the U-15, U-16, U-17, U-20, and U-23 levels.[7]


  1. ^ Sinead Farrelly – New York Fury
  2. ^ UEFA Women's Champions League – Sinead Farrelly –
  3. ^ Are Sinead Farrelly and Melissa Henderson headed to FC Kansas City?
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  6. ^ "Soccer: Havertown's Sinead Farrelly Fitting In With Independence". CBS. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Sinead Farrelly". New York Fury. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sinead Farrelly". FC Kansas City. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Q & A: Sinead Farrelly, USWNT & Philadelphia Independence (WPS)". Women Talk Sports. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sinead Farrelly player profile". Philadelphia Independence. Archived from the original on February 26, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Fury adds another ex-Cheesesteak in Farrelly". Philadelphia Soccer News. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Sinead Farrelly". SoccerWay. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  13. ^ "FC Kansas City gets top choice in Mewis". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  14. ^ Linehan, Meg. "FC Kansas City earns first victory over Seattle Reign FC". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Sinead Farrelly Loaned to Cyprus Club". National Women's Soccer League. September 19, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Thorns FC acquire midfielder Sinead Farrelly from FC Kansas City in exchange for 2014 second-round pick". Portland Timbers. January 13, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Breakers acquire midfielders McCall Zerboni and Sinead Farrelly from Portland Thorns FC". Boston Breakers. October 26, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 

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