Jeff Larentowicz

The new Chicago acquisition credits his thirst for knowledge of all things soccer for his success in the game.

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WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY OF SOCCER?

Playing in the 5-year-old intramural league on the "DinoScores."

WHO WAS YOUR SOCCER HERO GROWING UP?

I wanted to be like the guys who played for my high school when I was in grade school. My school was kindergarten through 12th grade and I would idolize the high school players.

DESCRIBE YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE SUITING UP FOR THE U.S.

I remember thinking it was wild to be putting on the jersey and jacket, or anything with the U.S. national team insignia on it. It was always something I wanted to do. Growing up I never bought a U.S. jersey/jacket/shorts—nothing. I told myself the first time I am going to wear it, it was going to be given to me.

WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST ADMIRE IN A SOCCER PLAYER?

All players are different but I think soccer players have a craftiness that the best players possess innately, while the others develop it over time.

WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST DISLIKE IN AN OPPONENT?

I don't know if there is one thing that every player possesses that I would say I dislike.

WHAT IS THE KEY TO YOUR SOCCER SUCCESS?

Success in anything for me is attached to my willingness to continue to learn. I always want to find out new things and fight the "satisfied" mindset. Once you lose the desire to learn you create problems for yourself. I am always watching soccer and trying my best to analyze it.

WHAT IS ONE SOCCER SKILL YOU WANT TO IMPROVE?

My left foot.

WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR DEVELOPMENT?

I attribute all of my ingrained athletic competitiveness to my father.

WHO IS YOUR CLOSEST FRIEND IN THE GAME?

[no answer]

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST SOCCER ACHIEVEMENT?

Disproving doubters at every level.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST SOCCER DISAPPOINTMENT?

Not winning the Ivy League in 2004.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED FROM THE GAME?

The ball never lies.

WHO ARE THE MOST TALENTED TEAMMATES YOU HAVE PLAYED ALONGSIDE?

Matt Reis, Steve Ralston, Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, Taylor Twellman, Pablo Mastroeni, and Claudio Lopez.

WHO ARE THE TOUGHEST OPPONENTS YOU HAVE LINED UP AGAINST?

At Brown in 2002 we played UNC and lost 5-0. That was a tough game.

IF YOU WEREN'T A PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR A LIVING?

If I had the power to answer that question and get the answer right, I wouldn't be playing soccer.

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IN THE GAME?

Obtaining lasting memories and life lessons.

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