Louisville D Farrell taken 1st in MLS draft

Louisville defender Andrew Farrell was selected by the New

England Revolution with the top pick in Major League Soccer’s draft

on Thursday.

The 20-year-old was a first-team All-American last season as a

junior, when he shifted from midfield to the back line. New England

acquired the top pick from Toronto a day earlier.

Connecticut midfielder Carlos Alvarez was taken by Chivas USA

with the second pick. From East Los Angeles, Alvarez was with the

U.S. Under-20 team in 2008 and Mexico’s Under-20 team the following

year.

Toronto then selected Kyle Bekker, a Canadian midfielder from

Boston College, and Vancouver drafted 18-year-old forward Kekuta

Manneh.