Colorado Rapids midfielder Jeff Larentowicz has become the first player to be used as trade bait ahead of the MLS college draft on Thursday.
His club acquired allocation money, an international slot, and the 11th overall pick in Thursday’s 2013 MLS SuperDraft in a trade with the Eastern Conference Chicago Fire, sending the midfielder and the 30th overall selection in this year’s draft in exchange.
“I want to thank everyone in the Rapids organization, past and present, for three great years in Colorado,” said Larentowicz in a club release.
“I leave with no hard feelings and will always reflect fondly on our championship year. Over the course of my time with the Rapids, one constant has been the support from the fans throughout Colorado. I’ll miss them and wish them all the best.”
The Rapids recently re-signed Honduran Hendry Thomas to another year and this has given them adequate cover in that position with Pablo Mastroeni also there.
“Parting ways with Jeff was not an easy decision for us, but we gain a lot of roster flexibility with this trade, as well as the chance to get another young talent through the SuperDraft,” added Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo.
“I want to thank Jeff for all his hard work and dedication to the club over the last three seasons. We wish him the best in Chicago.”
By acquiring the Fire’s first round pick, the Rapids will now select 6th and 11th overall in round one of tomorrow’s 2013 MLS SuperDraft in Indianapolis, as well as 25th overall (second round).
The international slot acquired by the Rapids is for the 2013 season. Over the offseason, Rapids officials toured England visiting both Derby County and Arsenal.
Larentowicz Career Bio c/o Colorado Rapids Media Office
Larentowicz, 29, played 96 regular season games for the Rapids, starting 95, since joining the team in 2010. He played in every game during the 2010 and 2011 regular seasons and playoffs, helping the Rapids to the 2010 MLS Cup. He set a career-high in scoring with a team-leading seven goals in 2011, and was an MLS All-Star in 2010. Before joining the Rapids, Larentowicz played five seasons with the New England Revolution, playing 101 games (93 starts), scoring nine goals and adding nine assists as the team made three MLS Cup appearances.
With the United States National Team, Larentowicz has made four appearances, including a pair of 1-0 wins last January over Venezuela and Panama. He made his debut in a 1-1 tie against Chile on January 22, 2011 and also played in a 1-0 loss at Belgium on September 6, 2011. A 2005 graduate of Brown University, Larentowicz was a four-time All-Ivy player in helping the Bears to two Ivy League titles, and was a two-time second team All-American.
TRANSACTION: Colorado Rapids acquire allocation money, a 2013 international slot, and the 11th overall selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft from the Chicago Fire in exchange for midfielder Jeff Larentowicz and the 30th overall selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.