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LAFC acquire defender Marco Farfan from Portland Timbers

Youngster could prove to be a very savvy pickup.

MLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It’s official: Marco Farfan will be a member of Los Angeles Football Club in 2021.

The previously reported deal was made official Sunday, as LAFC acquired Farfan in a trade from the Portland Timbers in exchange for $300,000 in general allocation money.

“Despite only 22 years old, Marco has proven that he has the right attributes and experience to consistently perform in our league,” said LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington in a team statement. “His qualities are a good fit for how we play, and we look forward to seeing his career continue to develop at LAFC.”

Farfan, 22, just wrapped up his fourth pro season, all in the Timbers organization, after signing a Homegrown deal ahead of the 2017 season. He’s made 34 MLS regular season appearances in his career to date, including 14 this season, a career high to date. He also came off the bench for Portland in the playoffs.

On top of all that, last week Farfan made his debut for the U.S. Men’s National Team, coming off the bench in a lopsided win over El Salvador in a friendly.

Farfan started his career as a left back, but played the bulk of his minutes in 2020 as a right back, certainly a position of need for LAFC. Having said that, having a fullback who can play on both flanks is pretty useful, too.

He’s the most successful Timbers Homegrown to date, which sounds like faint praise considering Farfan has never become a regular starter, but the Timbers have been notoriously bad at bringing homegrowns through, and for most of their MLS history have been awful at playing domestic youngsters, too. I think for some teams, playing so sparingly would indicate Farfan’s ceiling is low, but I don’t have that opinion of him yet, and think in a new environment he could become a starter.

And that’s what the deal will ultimately hinge on. If Farfan is stashed on the bench and never really breaks through to start, this trade won’t look great. If he becomes a starter, this will be an absolute bargain.

So we’ll see. I think this is a really savvy move, and again, this is a clear position of need, for a young player who could do a lot of developing yet. Welcome aboard, Marco!

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