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This post appears in its entirety at The MLS Reserves.
Torsten Frings is undoubtedly one of most recognizable figures in Major League Soccer. He’s a well-decorated player whose reputation precedes him, having won domestic league and cup titles in Germany, and winning a bronze medal at the 2006 World Cup. Once a world-class midfielder revered the world over, the Toronto FC fans quickly became enamored with their new potential superstar. They surely believed he’d be able to help lead the club to greatness with his combination of leadership, skill, and experience. Is the fans’ faith in Frings misplaced?
Since his arrival, Frings has just simply failed to deliver. In his “rookie” season in MLS, Frings managed just 1 assist in 13 games. Things haven’t gotten much better for Frings, nor for Toronto FC in 2012. Although scoring twice this season, his two assists as a central midfielder and ultimately the focal point of the entire squad is absolutely abysmal. One might argue that Frings simply isn’t an attacking minded player. While his role is mainly as a defensive midfielder he posted better offensive statistics for every other club he had ever played for, in a league far superior to MLS. Surely he should be succeeding at Toronto, with full backing of the fans, the FO and rarely playing less than 90 minutes a match. Yet there’s one major factor that is overlooked.
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With our options limited and a match against Chivas USA coming up, the news that Torsten Frings and Adrian Cann are about ready to return is probably the best news that any Toronto FC supporter could get right now. While most aren’t holding their breaths for this weekend, a return by these two crucial pieces of the Reds’ midfield will be most welcome.
If you were party to the Montreal match, let’s just say leaving the already tenuous backline to its own devices is a bad idea. Frings is the field marshal, while Cann is a stablizing force. Combine them together and you get
an immediate presence in the backline that defenders can gather around.
It’s the day that most TFC supporters (like myself) have been waiting for — and it couldn’t have arrived at a better time. In two days, 45,000 will be packing the Skydome (or Rogers Centre, if you so prefer) for the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
While it’s going to be understandable that some in the audience (you know who you are) who will be looking at Beck’s assets instead of the match itself, TFC’s supporters’ groups are already promising an all-out display in the stands to help the Reds leave for LA with an advantage. While I won’t give anything away, all I can say is…whatever you’ve seen from the TV from BMO, was child’s play.
- Quincy Amarikwa, Teddy’s Valentine
- Bruce Arena, Tommy’s Valentine
- Carlos Bocanegra, Anton Hysén’s Valentine
- Danny Califf (and Jordan Harvey), Janine’s Valentines
- Landon Donovan, Jon’s Valentine
- Torsten Frings, John’s Valentine
- Jake Gleeson, Jorge’s Valentine
- Frankie Hejduk, The Free Beer Movement’s Valentine
- Zarek Valentin, Rachna’s Valentine
- Abby Wambach, Adam’s Valentine
- Bobby Warshaw, Justin’s Valentine
Plus one more coming shortly from yours truly…
midfielder, Toronto FC
Why is he John’s Soccer Valentine? Because the man is not only Toronto FC’s top designated player (sorry Danny Koevermans), but he’s deadly with the ball, and good lookin’ to boot for 34. I don’t usually go for long hair, but it just makes him sexier!
What would their Soccer Valentine date be? Why, it would be a day at BMO kicking about, then a walk down the shore of Lake Ontario, followed by a nice dinner at one of Toronto’s finest restaurants — followed by a night out on Church Street.
Our Toronto FC writer John is on Twitter at @JohannesLanger