Area Product Looks Forward To Facing Union

While the Union will have its usual loud fan support, not everybody will be rooting for the home team when they host the Colorado Rapids in Friday’s 7:30 Major League Soccer matchup at PPL Park. Rapids midfielder Jeff Larentowicz, a graduate of Chestnut Hill Academy, will have his own little rooting section.

He said his mother has rounded up 115 tickets for friends and family.

“I’m very excited about this game,” Larentowicz said in a phone interview. “It is great to be home.”

He admits it would feel better if the Rapids (7-6-10) could leave with three points, although Larentowicz realizes it will be a difficult task against the 8-4-7 Union.

“We know how tough they are and how well they have been playing,” Larentowicz said.

The Rapids are the defending MLS champions, but have yet to hit their stride.

“It’s been a tough year because we have been inconsistent as a team,” he said.

Larentowicz, a 2010 MLS all-star, has been enjoying a strong season. He has started all 23 games and has four goals and one assist.

“I judge how I am doing by how my team is so in that respect, I need to improve,” he said.

There are several teams that should contend for the MLS Cup, including the Union and Colorado. Last season the Rapids got hot at the most opportune time. Larentowicz is hoping for a repeat performance.