Rapids and Revs Finalize Trade

Rapids and Revs Finalize Trade

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 21, 2010
  • 4 Comments
  • Cory Gibbs, Jeff Larentowicz, Preston Burpo, Trades, Wells Thompson
Jeff Larentowicz could be headed to Colorado. (Getty Images)

Jeff Larentowicz could be headed to Colorado. (Getty Images)

The big offseason trade between the Colorado Rapids and the New England Revolution is finally complete. We’ve been talking about it since last week’s draft.

The Colorado Rapids have sent  defender Cory Gibbs and goalkeeper Preston Burpo to the Revolution in exchange for Wells Thompson and the rights to Jeff Larentowicz will go to the Rapids, this all according to the Boston Herald. The Revs also get some allocation and 3rd-round draft pick in 2011.

The deal is still an iffy one for Colorado but should Larentowicz re-sign with the league it will be one hell of a trade for them. I’d say the trade earlier in the day to get allocation from Toronto in-exchange for midfielder Jacob Peterson means that Larentowicz is closer to a deal with MLS rather than going across the pond like he originally wanted to.

If he does re-sign then go a head and give the win to the Rapids for this deal. No doubt their midfield will be much better with Larentowicz there. Now they need to find a playmaker in the midfield to tie everything up nicely here.

New England gets a keeper to start out the season while Matt Reis recovers from shoulder surgery. Adding Gibbs to the defense isn’t a bad move either, as long as he is healthy.

I know New England fans will not like this deal because of the loss of Larentowicz. I’m guessing that New England just didn’t have the salary cap space to re-sign him to a good enough deal here which is why they dealt his player rights to the Rapids.

What do you all make of this deal?

  • Jason

    The draft pick and allocation money went to NE, not Colorado.

  • Whoops. I had that right in my off-season player movement page, but slipped up on here. Thanks for noticing that.

  • Peeps

    This deal sucks! Larentowicz, along with Shalrie Joseph, is the heart and soul of the Revs and the only decent free kick artist we have.

  • Peeps

    This deal sucks! Larentowicz, along with Shalrie Joseph, is the heart and soul of the Revs and the only decent free kick artist we have.