It isn’t uncommon at this level of the beautiful game to often see players come and go, honestly dedicated to the project for a season but moving once the summer is done.
Despite this, some clubs, we like to think many, are gifted with the presence of players who dedicate themselves to the cause for not just a few games or a season, but instead stick to the badge for years. For Duluth, few players signify that as well as Kyle Farrar, who will not be returning to play for the club this summer.
Born in London, England, Farrar began his Twin Ports soccer journey with Saint Scholastica, where he scored 72 goals in 83 games and tallied 46 assists. Over those 83 games Farrar earned an almost endless list of awards, becoming the almost irreplaceable face of the UMAC Player and/or Offensive Player of the Week awards. One would not be wrong to say that Duluth FC wasn’t the only Twin Ports side that Farrar proved to be a talisman for.
Farrar joined Duluth FC in the American Premier League (APL) in 2016 before joining the club on its journey to the NPSL in 2017. It wouldn’t be the first club experience for the Londoner, who spent considerable time with nonleague English club Bromley FC, where he was top scorer for two seasons. Farrar would proceed to become the center of Duluth’s attack, completing a 14-goal season in 2017, including a playoff goal in Detroit. The following year would bring five more goals from Farrar, with two being key deciding moments in Duluth’s playoff run.
In total, Farrar scored a record 19 goals for the club in the NPSL, along with serving as the club’s primary captain for both NPSL seasons. This perhaps best reflects the fact that Farrar didn’t just serve the club as a scorer, but instead represented Duluth at a level bigger than any single stat or position will show.
For these reasons and many more, Duluth FC has decided to permanently name the honor of the club’s golden boot, previously earned by Farrar himself and Ryan Tyrer in 2018, the Kyle Farrar Golden Boot Award, which we aim to make a highly regarded piece of our club’s tradition. Said award will of course be given at the end of every season to the player with the highest goal count within the club.
Farrar ends his time with the club as a NPSL North conference champion, a NPSL Midwest Regional champion, and with a club record for most goals both overall and in a single season (lest we forget Farrar being voted “Best Beard” by the fans in 2018). To say that Farrar has been an important figure in Duluth’s short but eventful history would be to grossly understate the impact of one of the NPSL North’s greatest strikers. Born in London, Farrar has made Duluth a home on and off the pitch and given the city a player to be proud of and amazed by. Duluth FC thanks Farrar for his time, his dedication, and his friendship.