Larentowicz to miss first-ever game with the Rapids
Commerce City, Colo. - Since 2010, the Colorado Rapids have played 73 MLS games - that is, 66 regular season and seven playoff matches. Only one player has played in every one: Jeff Larentowicz.
That streak will come to an end on Sunday when the Rapids visit the New York Red Bulls (2 pm MT, ESPN). Larentowicz was shown two yellow cards in last week's 2-1 win in Philadelphia, leaving the team shorthanded for the final 30 minutes and earning the additional one-game suspension for the ejection.
His streak of 66 consecutive regular season games (65 starts) tied teammate Drew Moor's for most in team history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Moor's streak ended last year after having to serve a suspension for accumulating yellow cards.
Larentowicz was acquired by the Rapids on January 22, 2010 along with Wells Thompson from the New England Revolution in exchange for Cory Gibbs, Preston Burpo, and a draft pick.
Since then, the 28-year-old has played in 77 of the Rapids' 80 games in all competitions. The only games the 2011 Rapids MVP did not play in were last season when he was rested: the lone Open Cup qualifier against Chicago and Champions League matches against Real Espana at home and at Isidro Metapan.
The last time he did not appear in a regular season was in his last season New England, on October 10, 2009 against the Rapids.