Chicago Lands Larentowicz In Pre-Draft Deal

Chicago Lands Larentowicz In Pre-Draft Deal

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 16, 2013
  • 2013 MLS SuperDraft, Features, Jeff Larentowicz, Trade
Big Red is moving to the Windy City. (Getty Images)

Big Red is moving to the Windy City. (Getty Images)

The deals are going to start flying here.

The Chicago Fire and the Colorado Rapids have struck a deal that will send veteran midfielder Jeff Larentowicz and the number 30 pick in tomorrow’s SuperDraft to the Fire in exchange for the No. 11 overall pick, a 2013 international roster slot and allocation money.

Larentowicz became expendable in a Rapids midfield that now features Martin Rivero, Jamie Castrillon and Hendry Thomas. The writing was on the wall the minute that the Rapids re-signed Henry earlier this winter.

The Rapids are aggressively making deals this week to improve their roster. They are also said to be trading with Toronto FC for either the top pick in the draft or the number three pick.

The deal is the latest major off-season trade for Chicago, which landed midfielder Joel Lindpere earlier this winter from the New York Red Bulls. They’ll have to take on a heftier contract as Larentowicz made right at $200k last year, with the likelihood of a good increase in salary going into this season (typical veteran deals see a certain percentage increase from season to season).

The move is a good one by the Fire but it doesn’t help the salary cap one bit. The Fire are also now out of the Fire round with this move and now only see a second round selection.