Jeff Larentowicz

Philadelphia Union

News roundup: Zack Steffen fires Columbus upset over Atlanta, Garber on Columbus move

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Downingtown's Zack Steffen played the game of his life before a record crowd in Atlanta, MLS commissioner weighs in potential Columbus move, more on Roland Alberg's potential transfer to Bulgaria, more news.

Match report: Atlanta United FC 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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The Union faced MLS' hottest team in Atlanta, and got torched. The darling expansion side outclassed Philadelphia en route to a 3-0 home win.

GAME THREAD: Atlanta United vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game Info

  • Date: September 27, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Place: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
  • Television: The Comcast Network - JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: The Philadelphia Union played Atlanta United to a 2-2 draw in their first and only meeting.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Atlanta United

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Game Info

  • Date: August 26, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
  • Television: Comcast SportsNet - JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
  • Stream: MLS LIVE
  • All-Time Record: First meeting between the clubs
  • Know Thy Enemy: Dirty South Soccer

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Giliano Wijnaldum, Jack Elliott, Josh Yaro, Keegan Rosenberry; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Fafa Picault, Roland Alberg, Chris Pontius; C.

Union face NE, USWNT Olympic quarterfinal today, more

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Union-New England previews and more Union news. USWNT face Sweden in Olympic quarterfinal. More news.

Newsy news bits before the new year

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News and such.

Union deals with Houston in the works? Timbers MLS champs, USWNT game cancelled over field conditions, more

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Are Cristian Maidana and Andrew Wenger on their way to Houston? TImbers win MLS Cup. USWNT friendly in Hawaii cancelled. More FIFA fun.

PPL Park now Talen Energy Stadium, Academy’s Dos Santos and McGann get US U-17 callup, more

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PPL Park is now officially Talen Energy Stadium. Union Academy goalkeeper and defender called up by US U-17 team. More news.

LA Galaxy

MLS Weekend, How to Watch MLS in Week 7. TV and Streaming Listings

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Jermaine Jones makes his Rapids debut in what could possibly be blizzard like conditions, Harry Shipp returns to Chicago and the LA Galaxy are depleted by injuries and suspension. Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View are here in your MLS Week 7 Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. The LA Galaxy again feature on national TV, they were on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday in what will be known as the Nigel de Jong versus Darlington Nagbe's ankle game, this time with the Friday night UniMas game.

Former Revolution players find new homes

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Jeff Larentowicz and Zak Boggs are on the move.

While the New England Revolution have yet to make an off-season signing, two former players have found new homes. Jeff Larentowicz has joined the LA Galaxy while Zak Boggs is heading to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Larentowicz, 32, was drafted by the Revs in 2005, making a total of 111 appearances for the club.

MLS Ticker: Larentowicz, NYCFC, Techera, and more

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A couple of signings were made in the Western Conference, New York City FC will officially have a new president come March and more:

The LA Galaxy confirmed recent reports by signing 32-year-old free agent Jeff Larentowicz. The journeyman midfielder moves to the Galaxy after after 11 seasons in MLS, starting in 94 of 95 appearances for the Chicago Fire during the past three years.

Report: LA Galaxy to sign Jeff Larentowicz

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The LA Galaxy have been hit by the departure of several key veterans, but it appears that the club is nearing the acquisition of another long-time MLS contributor as a replacement.

Goal USA is reporting that the Galaxy are on the verge of signing 11-year league veteran and current free agent Jeff Larentowicz.

Chicago Fire

OTF Roundtable: Silent Sigh

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Chicago Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez and Head Coach Veljko PaunoviccallingBrian Blissto get his laptoppassword.

Frankly, all of Fire Nationwas hoping we'd have morethings to talkaboutby now, but no dice.

Withthe international transfer window now open and the MLS Superdraft combine beginningtoday Chicagocontinues toshed both salaries, personalities, and staff.

Fire Slay Another Giant. Are There Enough Games Left?

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The Chicago Fire's 2:0 blanking of FC Dallas on Sunday was truly a breath of fresh air. For once, the Fire's backline looked like a disciplined, coordinated group, unlike the amateurish vagabonds that allowed two very sloppy goals to New England on July 25.

HOW TO WATCH AND GAME THREAD: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union are looking for their first win of the season against the lowly Chicago Fire.

Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
Sunday, March 29, 2015
5:00 PM ET
ESPN2 - Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman
TBG Game Preview
Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town
Starting XI
Quincy Amerikwa, Kennedy Igboananike Forward Fernando Aristeguieta
Joevin Jones, Michael Stephens, Matt Polster, Harrison Shipp Midfield

Andrew Wenger, Vincent Nogueira, Sebastien Le Toux

Michael Lahoud, Maurice Edu

Lovel Palmer, Adailton, Jeff Larentowicz, Eric Gehrig Defense Fabinho, Ethan White, Steven Vitoria, Ray Gaddis
Sean Johnson Goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi
Jon Busch, Greg Cochrane, Alex, Matt Watson, Chris Witter, Guly, Kingsley Bryce Bench John McCarthy, Raymond Lee, Brian Carroll, Fred, Eric Ayuk Mbu, Antoine Hoppenot, Richie Marquez
Numbers of Note
1 - Goals Chicago Fire have scored in 270 minutes this season

Monday Freedom Kicks: BEASTern Conference Top Seed

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We give you all the recaps, banners and new brewery news you can handle on this First in the East Monday.

That was fun, real fun. Personally, I had fun yelling at Jeff Larentowicz to get the [hell] off my field at the end of the game. But first:

Recaps of D.C. United's first-place clinching win over the Chicago Fire from us, MLSsoccer.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

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The Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire square off for some Thursday Night Football tonight on ESPN2. All my rowdy friends do not want to watch Christian Ponder play handegg.

PPL Park, Chester, PA
October 2, 2014
8:00 PM ET
ESPN2 - Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman, Alexi Lalas
Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town
Starting XI
Andrew Wenger, Pedro Ribeiro Forward Harry Shipp, Quincy Amerikwa

Cristian Maidana, Amobi Okugo, Vincent Nogueira, Fred

Midfield Grant Ward, Logan Pause, Jeff Larentowicz, Sanna Nyassi
Fabinho, Carlos Valdes, Maurice Edu, Ray Gaddis Defense Lovel Palmer, Patrick Ianni, Bakary Soumare, Alex
Rais M'Bolhi Goalkeeper Sean Johnson
Zac MacMath, Michael Lahoud, Brian Carroll, Antoine Hoppenot, Ethan White, Brian Brown, Danny Cruz Bench Kyle Reynish, Gonzalo Segares, Chris Ritter, Patrick Nyarko, Matt Watson, Robert Earnshaw, Florent Sinama-Pongolle
Stats (Explained Here)

Draw of Draws: Chicago Fire (3) vs. DC United (3)

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Fire players celebrate winning the drawing the drawing-games record cup (

OTF's Alex White reaches conclusions and paints you a picture of the Fire's latest you-know-what...

For their 16th draw of the year, to tie the single-season record, at least the Fire had the good grace to make it an eventful game.

Luis Silva double helps D.C. United to wild 3-3 draw in Chicago - Recap + Highlights

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Despite a sluggish start, the Black-and-Red battled back from 2-0 down to grab a 3-3 draw against the Chicago Fire thanks to an outstanding performance from Luis Silva.

Normally, games involving a desperate team during the latter stages of a given MLS season become tense, chippy affairs where chances are at a premium.


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"2015? Anyone? Anyone?"
MANUFACTURED DERBY NAME: "The Save Ferris Charity Match"
FACTS* AND STATS** CHICAGO FIRE - "Les jeux sont faits. Translation: The game is up. Your ass is mine." is Mike Magee's favourite bit of banter in the tunnel before a match.

Breakdown: Fire at Toronto

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Michael Bradley owned the ball (

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire's snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat..

Timing is everything.

The last time the Fire and Toronto FC met, the Fire faithful left Toyota Park cold, wet and feeling like this.

Breakdown: Fire at Impact, Game 2

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I got your "Opa" right here ( & tsn2)

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire's debacle north of the border...

Upon learningthe Fire gave all three points to the last place Impact, (I was in Wisconsinvisiting family) most figuremy reaction would be this.

Breakdown: Fire vs. Red Bulls, Aug. 10 Edition

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Magee decides to use his PK to get Robles out of the way for his rebound shot (

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire's second win of the season against the Red Bulls...

I think it is safe to say that the New York Red Bulls (or is it Red Bulls New York?) are not fond of Toyota Park.

Frank Yallop

Newsy bits and bobs

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Pre-Christmas newsy news bits.

Fire 1 Sounders 0 - recap and ratings

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The Fire desperately needed a win. Not only because of where they stand in the table but Chicago had never beaten the Seattle Sounders (0-6-3) since they entered the league as an expansion team in 2009. Playing at home against a Seattle side missing Obafemi Martins, Clint Dempsey, and Marco Pappa seemed as good a time as any even though the Fire were without David Accam, Shaun Maloney, Joevin Jones, and Jeff Larentowicz.

Postgame quote sheet: Fire 1-0 Union

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Jim Curtin, Maurice Edu, and Andrew Wenger comment on the loss in Chicago.

Whitecaps 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

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This is certainly not the start that Frank Yallop was looking for and definitely not one that the Fire can afford. The inability to take advantage of anything at home coupled with late defensive lapses was of major concern last season and this home opener did nothing to assure anyone that those struggles have been left behind.

Mike Magee

Who Are The Best Players & Best Values in MLS Free Agency, Re-Entry

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Evaluating players is a messy thing. With MLS's first Free Agency class nowavailable for purchase and MLS's yearly Re-EntryRound 2 Draft beginningtomorrow (Thursday, 12/17), itisworth looking at who's available...and who's worth being available.

I'musing the same data I've usedpreviously to look at player performance: The OPTA-based Squawkarating system and MLS Player Salary information.

Fire changes continue - 9 player options declined, 4 renewed

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The Fire announced today that nine players have had their options declined for next season. Among those are Adailton, Jon Busch, Razvan Cocis, Greg Cochrane, Jason Johnson, Alec Kann, Jeff Larentowicz, Lovel Palmer, and Chris Ritter. The loan deal for Daneil Cyrus has expired. In addition to those ten, there are also three players out of contract.

Monday Musings, Episode V – “Double Header Sunday”

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Fire Lose, but Red Stars and Fire Academy top out the Weekend with Victories

The Fire lost to Real Salt Lake in the Fire's lone meeting with this Western Conference opponent.

On the positive side, Section 8 was loud yesterday and the Chicago Red Stars were greeted with open arms by Section 8 supporters as well as their own supporters, Chicago Local 134.


Maths Apology: Which 2015 Fire Players Earned Their Salaries?

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Chicago sheda lotof player contracts last week as new GM Nelson Rodriguez and new coach Veljko Paunovoic freed up as many dollars as possible for the upcoming MLS postseason scramble.

As Phase One of theRe-Entry draft begins it's worth taking a look at how the2015 Fire performed in context totheir MLS salaries.

Chicago Fire are World Beaters… For a Half

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Emotional Faces! (via MLS)

The Chicago Fire uncorked their attacking power when they took on New York City FC on Friday at Yankee Stadium and were 2:0 up before a half hour had elapsed. But fundamental defensive errors at the most crucial moments proved costly, as NYC conjured goals in stoppage time of both halves and salvaged a point that they had no business winning.

Robert Earnshaw

Fire 1 Union 1 - recap and ratings

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With four games remaining, the Fire have set the all-time MLS record for draws in one season. The 17th stalemate came courtesy of a horrendous clearance by Philadelphia goalkeeper Rais MBolhi that was intercepted by Robert Earnshaw in stoppage time. After 87 uneventful minutes with both teams looking like non-playoff sides, the Union took the lead late when Amobi Okugo found a loose ball in the area to give the home team a short lived lead.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (1) vs. FC Dallas (0)

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Grant Ward on the Move (via

OTF's Brian Howe Battle speaks to the facts, and then kind of goes of the rails a bit.

The Chicago Fire put an end theresurgent FC Dallas's undefeated streak by beating them 1-0 lastweekend. FCD's record is now an outstanding 12-8-6, but the draw-happy Men in Red were able to manufacturea three-point result at home.

The Rest

Complete Fire/MLS schedule announced

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MLS has published full schedules for every team. The Fire start the season at home on March 6 against New York City FC and head to Orlando the following week for a night of MLS SAP. They'll close the regular season on October 23 at Toronto FC. They'll also have a chance at getting off to a good start with six of their first eight matches at home in Toyota Park.

Union schedule to be announced today, Restrepo, locals in NWSL draft, more news

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2016 schedule to be announced today. Walter Restrepo to the Union? Sak's new job. Locals in NWSL college draft. More news.

Four MLS Players the Revolution Should Have Acquired (But Didn't)

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It's been a quiet offseason for the men in navy. But by acquiring one of these four players, the club could have made some noise.

Now a month into the 2015-2016 MLS offseason, the Revolution have yet to make the splash move supporters have been waiting for (or any move, for that matter).

Jvlaha’s Monday Musings, Episode IV, “May the Fourth be With You”

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May the "Fourth" be with you on this fine May day.

This is an exciting day for @shift3erin!! #MayThe4thBeWithYou

- Rachel Myers (@ChiFireRachel) May 4, 2015

Ricardo Ortiz willbe providing a game summary of the Fire's 1-0 loss on Sunday to Sporting KC.

Fantasy Focus: Epic Feilhaber

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Now, about that hair.

A score of 77 set the pace this round, as Cathedral SC led the way. Pedro Morales (VAN, $11.3) wore the armband and scored 14 points with an assist. Trailing him was Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $9.4), who assisted two goals en route to 12 points, while Jeff Larentowicz (CHI, $7.

Brazilian CB Adailton added to roster

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The Fire now have 21 players under contract with the addition of 31 year old Brazilian centerback Adailton. The veteran defender spent last season with Esporte Clube Bahia in Brazil where he recently terminated his contract. He had been with Swiss Super League side Sion FC for the previous five seasons which included two loan stints in China.