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La Salle and Union Academy alumnus signs with Rochester Rhinos

Joe Farrell signed with the USL club after a successful four-year career playing for his dad at La Salle University.

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La Salle University alum Joe Farrell, who trained with the Philadelphia Union Academy back in its "club and country" days, signed a contract with USL club Rochester Rhinos earlier this month.

While the signing has not been announced by the club, La Salle ran an article last week noting that the Blue Bell native had signed a one-year contract with an option for a second season.

The son of La Salle head coach Pat Farrell, Joe had a successful four-year career with the Explorers playing as a defender, midfielder, and forward, finishing eighth in program history with 16 career assists. He also scored 16 goals for a total of 48 points and was a three-time Philly Soccer Six All-Star and four-time NSCAA All-Region selection.

The Wissahickon graduate joins former Explorers teammates John McCarthy and Jason Plumhoff to sign professional contracts. McCarthy is in his second season with the Union as a goalkeeper and Plumhoff recently signed with NASL club FC Edmonton. Bethlehem Steel FC defender Ryan Richter played at La Salle from 2007-10.

Other players who were in the Union Academy setup in 2012-13 who have signed professional contracts include Borussia Dortmund starlet Christian Pulisic, SC Freiburg goalkeeper Zack Steffen, West Bromwich Albion defender Daniel Barbir, and Christiano Francois, who is playing with FC Felguieres in Portugal's second division.

SuperDraft selection Darius Madison is currently with Toronto FC II, but has not been signed to a contract.