Friday, January 22, 2010

Revs trade Larentowicz, Thompson for Gibbs, Burpo

According to Frank Dell'Apa in the Boston Globe today and confirmed by some Rev player Twitter updates yesterday, the Revolution will announce a trade today:

The Revolution have acquired former US national team defender Cory Gibbs in a four-player trade with the Colorado Rapids, a team source confirmed yesterday.

The Revolution sent midfielders Jeff Larentowicz and Wells Thompson to Colorado for goalkeeper Preston Burpo and Gibbs, plus an undisclosed amount of allocation money and a draft pick.
The full article in the Globe is here

This breaks up the "Dred and Red" combo in the center that Shalrie Joseph and Jeff Larentowicz provided. The other red headed player, Pat Phelan would be a likely candidate to step in for Jeff and continue a "Dred and Red2" combo.

I'll miss Jeff, he played with intensity and skill.

Wells Thompson will be missed. He is developing and this may actually be a good chance for him to get a new start.

Acquiring Preston Burpo definitely fulfills the goal keeper need. Cory Gibbs is a quality defender to help out in back, especially with Heaps retirement and Albright's trade. We have some good young guys there (Barnes, Alston, Igwe, Tierney...) and keeping a mix of experience and youth is a good thing.

Getting close to the start of training camp. Getting closer to the start of the season. Who will be the starting eleven? Can hardly wait to find out.