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TFC brings in U.S. villain Frings and Koevermans
by Ridge Mahoney, June 29th, 2011 7:54PM
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[MLS] To shore up one of the weakest rosters in MLS, TFC head coach Aron Winter, technical director Paul Mariner and consultant Juergen Klinsmann have worked their European contacts to import two experienced players as Designated Players.

German Bundesliga and national team midfielder Torsten Frings, 34, and Dutch League forward Danny Koevermans, 32, have been signed by the club and join Canadian international midfielder Julian de Guzman as its DPs.

They will be eligible to play once the domestic transfer window opens July 15. Terms of their contracts were not disclosed. Under MLS regulations, if a player’s deal is worth at least $500,000 annually in salaries, bonuses, and related acquisition costs, he is classified as a DP.

Frings played for Germany in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and has been a mainstay for Werder Bremen since 2005. He started his career with Bremen in 1997 and came back to the club after brief stints with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. He earned 79 caps for the national team from 2001 to 2009.

Koevermans has been signed to help spark an attack that has scored just 13 goals this season, second-worst in MLS. He comes to TFC from PSV Eindhoven, for which he’s scored 34 goals in 91 appearances since 2007. He previously played for Sparta Rotterdam and AZ Alkmaar.

Frings attained villain status in the U.S. during the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, when a shot by American defender Gregg Berhalter caromed off Germany goalkeeper Oliver Khan and off Frings' arm before being cleared. At the time Germany led, 1-0, and with that play it held the lead to eliminate the USA. Klinsmann later coached Frings at the 2006 World Cup.

Injuries to several players, most notably defender Adrian Cann and forward Alan Gordon, have forced Winter and Mariner to shift lineups constantly and play younger players such as academy product Doneil Henry.

TFC climbed out of last place in the Eastern Conference by beating Vancouver Wednesday, 1-0, for its first win since May 7 but is still well below .500 with a record of 3-7-9.



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  1. Juan R
    commented on: June 30, 2011 at 9:57 a.m.
    I'm a die hard USA supporter, but the referee got the call right (if he saw it). The ball was not "handled" in the area. The ball hit the players arm and rules do not state that a handball is when the ball hits a players hand or arm, it's when it is deliberately handled. At the moment it happened I though it was handling, but after replays the referee made a gutsy decision that it was not handling. If he did see the play. It will be great to see Frings and Koevermans out there for TFC, with the hope that they have stuff left in the tank to give and they take this seriously.
  1. Harold Delhommer
    commented on: June 30, 2011 at 11:29 a.m.
    Good luck to Toronto. But on the 2002 call, I disagree on the call being right. Juan is correct on there being no foul unless the ball is"deliberately handled". However, (a)Frings' arm was out away from his body, nearly a 90 degree angle, and (b)the contact took place on the goal line. When the arms are out, you are enlarging the size of your body. This is a key factor to take into account as to whether the ball is "deliberately handled". Second, Juan's interpretation has more validity on the field away from the goal line, but fails on the goal line since it prevents a (100%) goal from being scored by contact with an arm. The correct and gutsy call was a red card for a DOGSO-H followed by a PK.
  1. Leslie Mohacsy
    commented on: June 30, 2011 at 1:38 p.m.
    Scott, you are making new rules for soccer. A hand ball is a hand ball every where on the field. The Laws of the game are not specify where it should be called and where it shouldn't. If the ball is deliberately handled it is a hand ball violation and it is the referee's decision, and not the spectator's who is sitting in an armchair and watching the replays over and over again with possibly biased eyes.
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: July 1, 2011 at 10:28 a.m.
    I don't see the two DP additions as a turnaround for Toronto...this squad lacks quality players and if one would insert Pele and Maradona qualities, they would accomplish hardly anything...Toronto's starting XI against vancouver was a sore sight to behold...dysfunctional to the point of histrionics with players mishandling their own dribbles...what a sorry lot.

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