• Duane Rollins

      Covering the world’s game from a Canadian perspective, the 24th Minute has been at the forefront for Toronto FC coverage since 2008. It is the source for breaking news, analysis and all things Canadian soccer.

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      Mike Crampton has been an avid follower of Canadian club soccer and participant in the emergent Canadian soccer supporters scene for over a decade. When not playing, watching, or writing about the game he continues to serve the grassroots as an administrator at the local level. You can follow Mike on Twitter @BHTC_Mike

    • James Grossi

      James began covering the game in 2011 after a slow process of two decades saw him gradually consumed by it. He contributes to The Shin Guardian, Waking the Red, and had a piece featured in Issue Two of The Blizzard, as well as maintaining his own site, Partially Obstructed View. He covers the rest of MLS in the hope of providing context to fans on the edge.

    • Lebewohl Torsten


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      Torsten Frings had the appearance of a man who was resigned to his fate.

      There were no tears, no gulps of breath and no hesitation as the former German international said goodbye to an 18-year professional football career in a nondescript room far from the heartland of the sport.

      “It's an emotional day for me today,” he said without much hint of emotion, “...it's the best for club and me."

      And, with those words Toronto FC and Frings parted ways, freeing up a DP slot and nearly $400,000 of cap space for the Reds. According to GM and President Kevin Payne, the two sides will continue to work together, albeit informally.

      Payne said that Frings would “help” TFC in Europe in the same way that former Red Amado Guevara is helping TFC in Honduras – a sort of undefined scouting role. Intriguingly Payne also suggested that TFC was looking to establish a relationship with the club most associated with Frings career, Werder Bremen.

      Both Payne and Frings made it clear that the decision was based on the fact that he could no longer help TFC on the pitch.

      “Retirement is best for me,” Frings said, “as I have a life I want after football.”

      Payne indicated that every effort was made to make sure Frings was done as a player. The club had a physician who works with the Raptors and who specializes in hip injuries look at him. The doctor indicated that there as no sure thing when it came to how long it would take for Frings to be fully fit again. So, the decision was made to part ways.

      In the end, Frings time in Toronto will be remembered as not fully formed. The team was terrible and he had clearly lost a step. Still, there were glimpses of his intelligence and technical skill.

      He was at his best when he was cleaning up the mess at the back, despite playing out of his position.

      Although Frings was not successful in MLS, he seemed to enjoy his time here. The only time during the press conference when he clearly showed emotion was when he started to talk about his overall experience.

      "I just want to say thank you to the club, the city. I love Toronto,” he said, adding that he planned to come back frequently in the future.

      With Frings gone it’s time for the rebuild to fully begin. TFC has more than $1-million of cap space and an undisclosed, but ample, amount of allocation.

      The club also holds the No 1 selection in the returning player/US international allocation order. However, with just 16 players with professional experience at the MLS level or higher currently on the roster, the Reds will be starting the season very thin.

      Payne talked about several players Toronto was close to signing, but did not indicate that any were happening today.

      In fact, at one point, Payne suggested that today should be about honouring Frings career. And on that point, he was correct.

      Although Toronto never saw Frings at his best he remains one of the most accomplished athletes to ever play for this city, in any sport.

      And for that we say: Danke, Torsten
      Comments 10 Comments
      1. Registrado's Avatar
        Registrado -
        Sounds like Torsten also appreciated Toronto's sporting and competitive spirit, recent successes vs. struggles aside. Hopefully we can all watch this city's athletic endeavours flourish over the next few years; the possibility is looking a lot more realistic than it did even a year ago.

        Two things I got from the announcements:

        1) what a true professional athlete and respectful human being; watch and learn TFC, MLSE, all of us

        2) Duane, during the conference, KP went through a list of multiple potential loans, signings, joining players, many of which I missed and all of which I know nothing about. Could we please get a summary/breakdown when you get the chance (I'm assuming you will anyway, but am putting it out there because my curiosity asked me to)
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Registrado View Post
        Sounds like Torsten also appreciated Toronto's sporting and competitive spirit, recent successes vs. struggles aside. Hopefully we can all watch this city's athletic endeavours flourish over the next few years; the possibility is looking a lot more realistic than it did even a year ago.

        Two things I got from the announcements:

        1) what a true professional athlete and respectful human being; watch and learn TFC, MLSE, all of us

        2) Duane, during the conference, KP went through a list of multiple potential loans, signings, joining players, many of which I missed and all of which I know nothing about. Could we please get a summary/breakdown when you get the chance (I'm assuming you will anyway, but am putting it out there because my curiosity asked me to)

        Yes, I'm swamped with preview stuff right now, but we'll try to get a summary soon.

        Hogan Ephraim is the one that he seemed to indicate was most likely to come through. He suggested tomorrow.
      1. Duane Rollins's Avatar
        Duane Rollins -
        John Bostock and Robert Earnshaw were the other two mentioned by name.
        D
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Registrado View Post
        1) what a true professional athlete and respectful human being; watch and learn TFC, MLSE, all of us
        I don't see this guy doing interviews like de Guzman did after he was traded.
      1. TFCfan4life's Avatar
        TFCfan4life -
        Frings = Class Act
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by TFCfan4life View Post
        Frings = Class Act
        Yes - gotta hand it to the guy, he handled everything with class. Now I hope we'll move forward and stop targeting these old euro types. MLS is turning into a league where these older guys look for the last big cheque when they're north of 35.
      1. C to the D's Avatar
        C to the D -
        Quote Originally Posted by Registrado View Post

        2) Duane, during the conference, KP went through a list of multiple potential loans, signings, joining players, many of which I missed and all of which I know nothing about. Could we please get a summary/breakdown when you get the chance (I'm assuming you will anyway, but am putting it out there because my curiosity asked me to)
        Registrado,

        Check out the guys over WakingtheRed.com. They do good work and have a number of stories on the Targets and Trialists up there.

        C.
      1. Registrado's Avatar
        Registrado -
        Quote Originally Posted by C to the D View Post
        Registrado,

        Check out the guys over WakingtheRed.com. They do good work and have a number of stories on the Targets and Trialists up there.

        C.
        Thanks, I will; I like the WTR stuff. They, RedNation & CSN keep me abreast of Reds news.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Duane, it should be "Lebe wohl" two words = live well.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        Duane, it should be "Lebe wohl" two words = live well.
        The word Lebewohl means farewell.
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