Andrew “Club Legend” Farrell reached another milestone this season.
Saturday was appearance number 262 for the center back. He now has more regular season appearances than Diego Fagundez and Shalrie Joseph. He also leads New England in starts and minutes played as well. This is also the case when you track the stats back to when Farrell entered the league in 2013.
Farrell has also been the ironman for the Revolution in the 2021 MLS season. He has started every game this season for the squad.
While there’s no doubt that the veteran center back can make fans nervous at times, his reliability can’t be understated. Without him, the Revolution would have been in a rough spot especially this season that saw Henry Kessler get called into the Gold Cup.
Saturday was a special day for another reason as well. Farrell was the captain for the Revolution with Gustavo Bou starting the match on the bench. The center back was asked about wearing the captain’s armband after the match.
“It felt good,” Farrell said. “The coaches and the players put that belief in me, and it’s obviously a great accomplishment, especially to be able to be on such a successful team, that when I’m doing it this year, playing a good amount of minutes, it feels great to be a part of this special group and they just make it so much fun every day. That’s why it’s easy to be showing up, even when you’re in pain and you’re bruised and you’re too tired, it’s easy when work is fun. This coaching staff has come in and made it so much fun. And the front office and every person behind the scenes since I’ve been here has made it a fun place to work. It doesn’t feel like work, obviously, it feels like just fun and hanging out with my friends. Yeah, it feels great and it’s an honor to lead the guys out. Obviously, disappointed with the result, but we’ve got a big one on Friday, so we’ve got to get ready to kick some ass.”
Farrell will continue to be a pillar of the backline whether fans like it or not. Hopefully he can follow through with the aforementioned butt-kicking when the Revs face the Union on Friday night.
But the center back without a doubt deserves credit for reaching another milestone in the 2021 MLS season.