The Philadelphia Union midfielder was a last-minute inclusion to the MLS roster.PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Farfan was called up by Ben Olsen on Tuesday to represent MLS in this Wednesday's All-Star Game due to special request by Chelsea.
The Premier League team asked for the number of available substitutions to be upped to 10 instead of seven, in an effort to give players more rest on its U.S. tour.
Farfan was then called in order to expand the roster for MLS and give coach Ben Olsen a bit more wiggle room to make substitutions towards the end of the game.
"I'm very happy, they called me and I couldn't believe it," Farfan told Goal.com. "I'm very happy, this is a great opportunity to be here with all these great players."
News of the Mexican-American's selection to the team made waves south of the border as well, and Farfan was quick to recognize his heritage.
"I'm Mexican-American and I know that people are aware of what I'm doing. I know that in a way, I'm representing both Mexico and the United States and that helps me think about doing well."
John Rojas contributed reporting to this story.
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