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Independence Re-signs Local Standout Sinead Farrelly

January 11, 2012 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Philadelphia Independence News Release

DOWNINGTOWN, PA (January 11, 2012) - The Philadelphia Independence has re-signed midfielder, Sinead Farrelly, the No. 1 draft pick for the Independence in 2011 and second pick overall. As a rookie, Farrelly was immediately earned a spot in the lineup to strengthen the midfield and played in 14 games for the Independence, starting 13 of them, including the season opener. She scored her first goal of her WPS career in a game versus Western New York, which ended up being the game winning goal and solidified a first place standing for the Independence in mid-July.

"Sinead is a total footballer with speed, vision, and ball ability," said Head Coach Paul Riley. "She has a year under her belt in WPS. We need her to improve her goal production, but she is a player of the highest quality and her opportunity with the full national team is around the corner. We are ecstatic to get her back in our midfield. Our local product has many fans and they genuinely love her style of play, as do we!"

A native to Havertown, Pa, Farrelly grew up only 20 minutes from Widener University, where the Independence play their home games, and is happy to be able to play in front of family and friends once again. "I'm definitely excited to get the opportunity to play again with Philly and hopefully finish what we started last year," said the 22-year old Farrelly. "My rookie season was amazing. I've said it before, but I'm so blessed to be able to play under such a great coach and with amazing players. I couldn't have asked for anything better and I can definitely say it exceeded my expectations."

Farrelly played her college career at the University of Virginia where she was a 4-time First Team All-ACC Selection. As a senior in 2010, she was also named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year scoring 10 goals and adding seven assists. In her four year career as a Cavalier, Farrelly scored 28 goals, 22 assists and her 78 career points rank her tenth in school history.

Farrelly has been active on the international soccer scene as well. She was a member of the U-23 National team and appeared for the United States at the U-15, U-16, U-17, and U-20 levels.

NOTE: All player signings are subject to league approval before becoming official.

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