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Portland Timbers Marco Farfan mulling switch to Mexico National Team

Another young player deciding between the US and Mexico.

MLS: Portland Timbers at Sporting KC Peter G. Aiken

According to Fox Deportes analyst Mariano Trujillo, Portland Timbers leftback Marco Farfan “has received his Mexican passport and is interested in switching to the Mexican Federation.” The 19 year old Farfan was born in Portland Oregon and came through the Timbers Academy.

At 17, Farfan began playing for Portland Timbers 2 (T2) in the United Soccer League. He was signed as a Timbers Homegrown Player in 2017 after impressing with T2. This season Farfan has split time between the Timbers first team (10 appearances) and T2 (6 appearances).

Farfan has shown glimpses of talent, but is still raw and will need more USL minutes before becoming a Timbers regular. He has previously been called into several U.S. U-19 national team camps, most recently in 2017.

In an interview from last year with American Soccer Now, Farfan expressed a willingness to play for either the U.S. or Mexico. He is eligible for Mexico, as both his parents are Mexican immigrants. While Farfan will not be immediately feature for either nation’s senior national team, he could be an important member of either the American or Mexican Olympic team.