Courtesy of the Major League Soccer Allocation Ranking, the Black-and-Red were able to sign midfielder Michael Farfan. He last played in the MLS in 2013, originally drafted by the Philadelphia Union in 2011.
What is the MLS Allocation Ranking? According to MLSsoccer.com it’s ‘The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the League after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee. The allocation rankings may also be used in the event two or more clubs file a request for the same player on the same day when the discovery period opens in December. The allocations will be ranked in reverse order of finish for the 2014 season, taking playoff performance into account.’
Farfan was sold to Cruz Azul of La Liga MX in 2013, this will be his first season back in the MLS since the transaction. During his career with the Union, he showed signs of being a good playmaker. In 66 games, Farfan had six goals and nine assists. He was even one of the finalists for Rookie of the Year.
It’ll definitely be worth keeping an eye on him in the coming weeks, we’ll see if he’ll be able to carve out a role in United’s midfield.