A quick promotion in MLS for a Quebecer


It happened sooner than he expected himself, but Quebecer Mohamed Farsi can now boast of having played his first minutes in Major League Soccer (MLS), last Saturday, with the Columbus Crew.

The right-back came into stoppage time against Charlotte FC with the aim of helping his side break a 1-1 home tie. The 22-year-old Montrealer was in no way nervous to take this new step in his career, which has picked up high speed lately.

“When I walked onto the pitch, I really wasn’t stressed. I was really excited, I couldn’t wait to go out there and touch the ball. I came in to help the team score a goal,” he said in an interview.

Farsi usually plays with Crew 2, Ohio’s training club in MLS Next Pro. His recall by Caleb Porter came as a surprise, but the head coach had warned him he might call on his services against Charlotte.

“To be honest, I didn’t expect to be called up in June to play my first game. I thought it was going to be a little later, he confessed. I am happy, it means that my work is rewarded.

One thing at a time

For having worked, Farsi has worked. In 2020, he won his bet by joining Cavalry FC, in the Canadian Premier League, after a stint in Algeria. He climbed the ranks one by one and now finds himself with the Crew 2, a team that sits at the top of the MLS Next Pro standings.

“Individually, I also think it is going well. I have six assists. As a right defender, I think that’s a very good statistic, considering that I don’t take set pieces or corners, ”analyzed the young man.

The defender is only the second Quebecer to play in MLS outside of CF Montreal this season. The other is Los Angeles FC goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau, who was trained by the Bleu-Blanc-Noir Academy.

Farsi is not thinking about it yet. He was already training a little with the first team, which could require his services again soon. The AS Blainville product takes it one day at a time.

« I’m not against it because I don’t have an MLS contract. I’m happy to have this course, because it shows other people in Montreal that anything is possible. Even if you are a foreign player in the United States, if you have talent and you work hard, you can succeed,” mentioned Farsi, who received congratulations from everyone around him, including some CF Montreal players.

“They are extremely proud, and that’s what gives me the most pleasure, the pride of my people. It is heart-warming,” he said.

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