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2016 Player Profile #25: Michael Farfan

Farfan won the 2013-14 CCL title as well as the 2016 MLS Cup.

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When the Seattle Sounders signed Michael Farfan the move was about adding creativity to their midfield. Unfortunately Farfan’s season was derailed with injury. The former MLS All-Star was looking to reboot his career after a nondescript journey to Liga MX (where he did win the CCL with Cruz Azul). With the Sounders the 28-year-old mostly played with their USL side.

The ranking is based on several hundred Sounder at Heart readers’ votes. Realio rated every single MLS regular season and playoff game as well as the two CONCACAF Champions League matches. He did not rate USL or USOC play.

Michael Farfan

Competitions Minutes Starts Subs Goals Assists Realio Rating
Competitions Minutes Starts Subs Goals Assists Realio Rating
MLS 26 0 1 0 0 5
MLS Playoffs 0 0 0 0 0 N/A
USOC 90 1 0 1 0 N/A
CCL 0 0 0 0 0 N/A
USL 251 4 2 0 0 N/A
TOTAL 367 5 3 1 0
Average 5


Farfan exhibits nimble footwork and decent passing skills. His vision may be better than his feet when it comes to passing as he tries to break down defenses. Not great at using his space to get a shot off, but strong at capturing the space. Can be used as service for indirect free kicks.


Often separated from defensive action Michael needs both more activity and awareness of the team strategy. He should focus on closing down simple passing lanes in order to force the opposition into errors. Should be in the wall or as a release on free kicks.


Likely injury-prone, Farfan is neither fast nor strong. He tends to shy from contact.

Realio’s Thoughts:

Farfan played in a single MLS match - the ill fated 0-3 loss in Kansas that became the final game of the Sigi Schmid Era. In this game Farfan subbed into the game in the 64th minute at a midfield spot and was utterly nondescript other than not blatantly adding negativity to a demoralizing loss. Much like his tenure here in Seattle, he failed to distinguish himself as anything more than deep bench cover, and while Farfan was ok, there was nothing noteworthy about this single appearance. At age 28 and being passed on the depth charts by younger, more dynamic, and more durable players, Farfan failed to show that hes an important part of the Sounders going forward.

Best Case 2017:

If healthy Farfan can still be a back of bench player injecting possession and verve into an MLS lineup. He is currently a free agent.

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