Revolution coach Jay Heaps shed some light on his Opening Day starting lineup during a conference call Thursday, saying that defender Andrew Farrell, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 SuperDraft, is likely to start.
“Andrew has come in as a very developed soccer player, as someone who has an excellent soccer IQ,” said Heaps, whose team opens against the Chicago Fire March 9. “He fits very well with our group.
“In terms of starting, he’s made it very difficult for us because he wants to be a starter and he’s stepped on the pitch every time and he’s doing well. So, right now, he’s in a very good position to be a starter.”
What position Farrell will play is unclear. The 20-year-old All-American out of Louisville saw time at right back and center back in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake in the Desert Diamond Cup group stage finale.
The Revolution will play in the tournament’s consolation game Saturday against the New York Red Bulls.
“He’s showing his versatility because he can play center back and hopefully he can play defensive midfield as well,” said Heaps. “He’s got three good positions.
“He’s a football player. He steps on the field and he plays.”
As for who will be in net, Heaps said, “I think right now we are going to determine the starting goalkeeper after Saturday’s game. We wanted to give equal time to both Matt [Reis] and Bobby [Shuttleworth], and then next game up is going to be Matt.”