Los Angeles Blues News Release -- www.labluesprosoccer.com
Thursday, March 15, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. – The Los Angeles Blues are excited to announce they have secured the services of attacking midfielder Brian Farber for the 2012 USL PRO season, pending league approval. The Idaho native joins the Fullerton-based club following numerous successful years in the indoor game as well as in the USL First Division (now USL PRO).
Having been named to the All-Pac-10 second team and the Pac-10 All-Academic team in 2008 while a senior at Oregon State University, Farber started his professional career as an indoor player with the Stockton Cougars and their successors California Cougars. To this day, his accumulated matches, goals and points over six years in the Major Indoor Soccer League and the Professional Arena Soccer League all stand as most by any player in Cougars franchise history.
After playing for the San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo reserves between 2004 and 2006, Farber was close to signing with the Dynamo first team but ended up joining the USL First Division’s Minnesota Thunder in 2007. He finished the season as the team’s leader in goals, assists and minutes played, earning a selection to the All-League second team in the process.
Following a one-year hiatus from the outdoor game, the now 29-year-old subsequently moved on to the Portland Timbers, with whom he won the 2009 regular season championship. In 2011, Farber joined the Carolina Railhawks and went on to capture another regular season crown.
“Brian is an extremely dangerous attacking player who is very efficient producing points from the wide midfield position and has a relentless work rate,” Blues Head Coach Charlie Naimo said. “Between those qualities and his tremendous experience, there’s no doubt in my mind that he will be a crucial part of the team this year.”
The man himself didn’t have to think twice about joining Naimo’s squad.
"Now that my wife and I live in San Diego, we were hoping to be able stay here as opposed to moving back to North Carolina, especially since she’s pregnant,” Farber said. “So I came out and spoke to Charlie, who instantly made it clear both he and the ownership want a winning product on the field. Really everyone in the organization seems focused on making this one of the league’s top franchises. That made the decision very easy.”
Having been successful everywhere he has played, Farber has no plans of that changing this time around.
“Personally, I want to prove what I try to prove with every team I play for – that I’m a dangerous attacker and a good teammate,” he said. “Once we start to gel together as a group, I don’t see why we shouldn’t go after the championship, given the players we have. Whenever you have guys like this on your roster, winning it all pretty much has to be the goal.”