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Atlanta United re-signs midfielder Jeff Larentowicz

Big Red returns to Atlanta in 2020.

May 24, 2019; Sandy, UT, USA; Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach (8) and Atlanta United defender Jeff Larentowicz (18) fight for the ball during the first half at Rio Tinto Stadium. (Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports)
May 24, 2019; Sandy, UT, USA; Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach (8) and Atlanta United defender Jeff Larentowicz (18) fight for the ball during the first half at Rio Tinto Stadium. (Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports)

Jeff Larentowicz, an Atlanta United mainstay since the team began play in 2017, will be back with the Five Stripes in 2020. Atlanta and Larentowicz have reached an agreement on a new contract, the team announced Thursday.

Terms and length of the deal were not disclosed. Larentowicz was a free agent after the 2019 season and could have chosen to sign with any Major League Soccer team.

“Jeff has played an important role for our team over the past three seasons and we’re pleased to have re-signed him,” Atlanta vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a prepared statement. “Since joining the club, he has been a consummate professional and his experience and leadership have been invaluable for our group.”

In 110 games across all competitions for the Five Stripes, Larentowicz has contributed three goals and four assists. He’s won three trophies during his time in Atlanta: the 2018 MLS Cup, 2019 Campeones Cup and 2019 U.S. Open Cup.

The 36-year-old has played his entire 15-year professional career in MLS. Larentowicz ranks second all time with 418 regular-season appearances and is third all-time with 386 starts. He became the fifth MLS player (third outfield) to reach 400 regular-season appearances when he came off the bench in Atlanta’s 1-0 win over Orlando City May 12.

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