Farfán, the twin brother of Union midfielder Michael Farfan, arrives in Philadelphia after spending a year with Mexican First Division team Club America. He saw action with the Senior squad in friendly matches against Mexican foes Veracruz F.C., Atlante F.C., Tigres UANL and Jaguares de Chiapas. Prior to signing with Club America, Farfan was a Second-Team All-Big West honoree at Cal State Fullerton, playing in 16 matches and taking 43 shots on goal. Farfan also spent time with Union Coach John Hackworth at the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla.
A forward out of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Houapeu was named the 2010 America East Striker of the Year after compiling 15 goals and four assists in 20 games. Houapeu scored 30 combined goals in 2009 and 2010, leading the nation in points. Houapeu also notched 17 assists in the two-year span, including 13 in 2009. The 21-year-old speedster was also an integral member of Union PDL affiliate Reading United AC in 2010, registering five points (two goals, one assist) in eight appearances with the club. Originally acquired as the team's third pick in the 2011 SuperDraft, the Ivory Coast native has been training with the Union throughout preseason but previously hadn't signed a guaranteed contract with Major League Soccer.
The Union begin the 2011 season at the Houston Dynamo tomorrow at Robertson Stadium at 8:30 p.m. EST. The match will be broadcast live on 6abc, with a pregame show starting at 8:00 p.m. EST. Philadelphia returns home to PPL Park on March 26 to face MLS newcomer Vancouver Whitecaps at 4:00 p.m.
Name: Keon Daniel
Birthdate: January 16, 1987
Hometown: Lambeau, Trinidad & Tobago
Previous Club: Puerto Rico Islanders
Pronunciation: Kee-ON DAN-ee-el
Name: Gabriel Farfan
Birthdate: June 23, 1988
Hometown: Wildomar, California
Previous Club: Club America
Pronunciation: Gabriel far-FAN
Name: Levi Houapeu
Birthday: June 22, 1989
Hometown: Germantown, Md.
Previous Club: UMBC
Pronunciation: Lev-ee WAH-poo
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