By: Kyle McCarthy, Boston Herald
The Revolution have sent the rights to midfielder Jeff
Larentowicz to Colorado in exchange for former U.S. international
defender Cory Gibbs as part of a four-player deal.
Larentowicz and midfielder Wells Thompson will head to the Rapids, with the Revs acquiring Gibbs, goalkeeper Preston Burpo, allocation money and a third-round draft pick in 2011, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.
The Revolution wanted to re-sign Larentowicz, whose Revs contract ended after the 2009 season, but couldn’t agree to terms with the 26-year-old midfielder. Larentowicz had expressed a desire to head on trial overseas, but a lingering right knee injury - one that recently required his withdrawal from U.S. national team camp and subsequent surgery to address the issue - likely restricted those options.
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Jeff Larentowicz graduated from Brown in 2005 and made 66 appearances on Stevenson Field. He helped guide the Bears to two Ivy League Championships and scored seven goald and six assists. He was a two-time second-team NSCAA All-America selection and a four-time All-Ivy performer, and was also selected by the New England Revolution in the fourth found (45th overall) in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft.
Gibbs was a 2001 graduate of Brown University and had tremendous success while playing soccer at Brown. During his tenure, he led the Bears to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Elite Eight his senior year in 2000. The 2000 Ivy League Player of the Year, Gibbs guided Brown to a perfect 7-0-0 record in the Ancient Eight that season.