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Larentowicz: No regrets

Posted by Frank Dell'Apa, Globe Staff  November 26, 2010 12:36 PM

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Jeff Larentowicz was a member of three finalist teams with the Revolution, but had to move to the Colorado Rapids to win an MLS Cup. The Rapids took a 2-1 overtime win over FC Dallas Sunday night in Toronto.

"I don’t have any regrets,’’ Larentowicz said earlier this week. “It just seems a fact of life that at some point you move on from certain situations. I miss my friends and everyone I know, and the life I built in five seasons with the Revolution and in college. But I’ll always have a base there and I thought it could be a good time to create new opportunities.’’

Larentowicz said he learned from the experiences of teammates who were dissatisfied with Revolution contracts.

“Teams have decisions to make on players and players have decisions to make for themselves they have to feel comfortable with,’’ Larentowicz said. “Over time, [the Revolution] weren’t doing right by their players. I watched a lot of talented players and friends go and a lot seemed unhappy who were still there. I was talking with Taylor Twellman the other day and we were wondering what would have happened if we had won one of those, would they have had the incentive to keep those teams together?’’

Larentowicz was on the verge of signing a standard four-year contract with the Revolution before the 2009 season.

“I was as close to signing as you can be but I just had a moment of clarity and decided not to at the last minute,’’ Larentowicz said. “I angered a few people by doing that. But it’s my right. The offer seemed good at first, in comparison to what I was making, but I knew I could be worth more. Then, the last months I was there it was clear they weren’t interested in finding my true value, they wanted a bargain or a price they were comfortable with.

“That’s the thing, they didn’t feel the need to re-sign players. In the end, contracts are controlled by the league and circumstances are controlled by the team. You have no freedom to move or negotiate. There was a lot of unhappiness on the team, but we had a core group and we could put that behind us.’’

Larentowicz on the Rapids' playing facilities in Commerce City, Colo.:

“It makes a ton of difference. You walk into a stadium every day and know it’s your place and you take precedence over everything else.

“[In New England] we had a great practice field and locker room, but we were, rightfully so, second fiddle to [the Patriots]. Here, we have 25 practice fields and one which they keep absolutely pristine only for us. It’s all about us.’’

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