Friday, January 22, 2010

Revs, Rapids Complete Multi-Player Deal

In a Major League Soccer trade Friday, the New England Revolution sent midfielders Jeff Larentowicz and Wells Thompson to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for goalkeeper Preston Burpo, defender Cory Gibbs, allocation money and a third round 2011 MLS SuperDraft pick.

Larentowicz and Thompson played all their previous professional seasons in New England -- Larentowicz since being drfated in the fourth round of the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft out of Brown, Thompson since being selected fifth overall in the 2007 SuperDraft out of Wake Forest.

Larentowicz scored nine goals in 113 career appearances, starting 103, and also appeared in 10 playoff games.

Thompson scored two goals in 71 regular season appearances, 36 of them starts, and played in eight playoff contests.

Burpo was 6-10-8 in two seasons with Colorado with a 1.67 goals against average and four shutouts.

He began his pro career in the United Soccer Leagues First Division with the Seattle Sounders in 1997 and left as the team's all-time leader in games (143), saves (631) and minutes played (12,846) and had a GAA of 1.14.

Burpo joined MLS in 2000 with the Kansas City Wizards before heading to his first Colorado stint that season. He went to Chivas USA in 2006, then to the San Jose Earthquakes in 2008, before being traded back to Colorado in May 2009.

Gibbs' professional resume began in 2001 when he spent two seasons in Germany with St. Pauli, then joined the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas) in MLS. He would later be transferred to Feyenoord of the Dutch Eredivisie in 2005 and would also play for Den Hagg before going to England in 2006 to play from Charlton Athletics.

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