April 6, 2005
Providence, RI - The entire Brown men's soccer class of 2005 will make its way to the pros as all three members have recently inked deals with the MLS. Jeff Larentowicz, a two-time All-American for the Bears, was the first to sign while Marcos Romaneiro soon followed. Both will play for the New England Revolution while Chris Gomez has signed a deal with FC Dallas. All three have signed one-year contracts and join former teammate Dustin Branan '03, who also inked a deal with the MLS this year, playing for the Kansas City Wizards.
For two straight years Larentowicz was named an NSCAA/adidas Second Team All-American. A four-time All-Ivy selection, Larentowicz anchored the Brown defense to six shutouts this season, including two against top five ranked opponents.
A starter in the backfield since his freshman year, Larentowicz finished his Brown career playing and starting in 65 games with seven goals and six assists for 20 points. He received First Team All-Ivy honors in 2003 and 2004.
He was named the MVP of the Yale Classic earlier this season after scoring the game-winning goal against Hartwick. Larentowicz was fifth on the team in scoring with three goals for six points this past season.
The 2004 adidas/Brown Classic's Defensive MVP, Gomez recorded a career-high 13 saves in net against Columbia on Oct. 2 this past season. Gomez received Second Team All-Ivy honors this season after earning First Team accolades in 2003. He was named the Ivy League Player of the Week after shutting out the #4 and #5 teams in the country at the Stanford Nike Tournament earlier in the season.
Romaneiro led the Bears in scoring with three goals and a league-high eight assists for 14 points. His eight assists ranked 22nd in the nation. Romaneiro was also named a Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-American this year. He was named to the Yale Classic All-Tournament Team and was also named the Ivy League Player of the Week for his performance against Columbia on Oct. 2, scoring a goal and two assists.
Last season he received Second Team All-Ivy honors after finishing second in scoring on the team behind 2003 Ivy Player of the Year Adom Crew '04, with five goals and four assists for 14 points. He closed out his Brown career having played in 60 career games, starting 41 of them with eight goals and 14 assists for 30 points.
The Revolution opened up the 2005 season on Saturday and will open the home portion of its schedule this Saturday against the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium. FC Dallas also opened its season this past Saturday in front of over 10,000 fans. The team's next match will be at Colorado on Saturday.