Report: Chicago Fire acquire Jeff Larentowicz from Colorado Rapids

Doug Pensinger

According to a report, the Chicago Fire have acquired midfielder Jeff Larentowicz from the Colorado Rapids with the Fire's first round draft pick headed in the opposite direction.

Well, it appears the Men in Red are cashing in on their first round pick.

According to Soccer By Ives, the Chicago Fire have acquired midfielder Jeff Larentowicz as well as the 30th overall pick (second round) in tomorrow's MLS SuperDraft from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for the Fire's 11th overall pick and $75,000 in allocation money.

A couple of quick thoughts:

- The Fire get back their original second round pick (#30) that they initially traded to Colorado this past September in exchange for midfielder Wells Thompson. Guess they really liked that pick.

- This move comes off the heels of midfielder Alvaro Fernandez's potential move to Qatar side Al Rayyan. Not sure if the two moves are related, but the Fire once again have some midfield depth.

- Now the issue of who the Fire will start in midfield pops up. They already acquired Joel Lindpere from the New York Red Bulls earlier this month. It'll be interesting to see how Lindpere and Larentowicz fit in with current players like captain Logan Pause, Pavel Pardo, Alex and even out-of-favor striker/winger Dominic Oduro.

So what does everyone think? Would you rather the Fire had held on to their first round pick or do you think the deal is a steal?

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