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Bundesliga

Darmstadt relegated from Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Bottom side Darmstadt were relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday after Torsten Frings’ team were beaten 1-0 at champions Bayern Munich.

The defeat leaves Darmstadt, coached by ex-Germany midfielder Frings, nine points from safety with two games left after Juan Bernat scored Bayern’s winning goal in Munich.

Darmstadt relegated from Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Bottom side Darmstadt were relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday after Torsten Frings’ team were beaten 1-0 at champions Bayern Munich.

The defeat leaves Darmstadt, coached by ex-Germany midfielder Frings, nine points from safety with two games left after Juan Bernat scored Bayern’s winning goal in Munich.

Terrence Boyd signs with Bundesliga side Darmstadt 98

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Following months of speculation, Terrence Boyd has found a new home, one that will see him remain in the German Bundesliga.

Darmstadt 98 announced on Tuesday that the club has signed the American forward from RB Leipzig on a deal that runs until June 2018. Darmstadt currently sits in last on the Bundesliga table and is managed by former Toronto FC midfielder Torsten Frings.

Werder Bremen sack coach Skripnik

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Berlin (AFP) Werder Bremen's Viktor Skripnik on Sunday became the first Bundesliga coach sacked this season after a fourth straight defeat marked the club's worst ever start.

After nearly two years in charge, mostly battling to avoid relegation, the 46-year-old was axed in the wake of Saturday's 4-1 German league defeat at Borussia Moenchengladbach when Bremen leaked three goals in the opening 21 minutes.

Philadelphia Union

Onyewu signed, Union bits, MLSPU statement on travel ban, Expansion Bid Deadline Day, more

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Reaction to Onyewu signing and other Union news as the team heads to Florida. Steel signs Moar, transfers Akinyode. Players Union "deeply concerned" by Trump travel ban. Expansion bid submission deadline today. More news.

Massive turnout for meet the team/kit unveiling, Brazilian trialist with the U, US U-20s qualify for WC, more news

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Hundreds of UNion fans turn out at Xfinity Live! for meet the team/jersey unveiling. Brazilian midfielder on trial with the Union. Roster rules released. Garber to speak via YouTube tonight. US qualifies for U-20 World Cup. More news.

Massive turnout for meet the team/kit unveiling, Brazilian trialist with the U, US U-20s qualify for WC, more

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Hundreds turn out to meet the Union and see the club's new jersey be unveiled. Also, Brazilian midfielder on trial with the Union, roster rules released, Garber to speak via YouTube, US tops Canada, qualifies for U-20 World Cup, and more news.

LETTERS FROM CAMP: Smell you later

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Backwards hat? Check. Fluent German? Sure. Why not? Those of you who are regulars here (Pete, Steve - how's the wife?) know that we are physically, dare I say spiritually, unable to pass up the opportunity to "Fresh'n" up the site when we face Philadelphia. We just can't seem to resist the temptation to honour the City of Brotherly Love's greatest ever citizen who was in fact born, and yes, raised there.

“Our Achilles heel”: Hack on finishing, attacking as a team, more news

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Hackworth on improving finishing and attacking as a team. How to watch beIN Sports Spanish broadcast in English. More news

Michael Ballack

The US and the 2002 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at the 2002 World Cup.

Per Mertesacker unleashes a spin move on Didier Drogba at Ballack farewell match

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A special farewell match for former German captain Michael Ballack, who retired last year, was held in Liepzig, Germany and featured an interesting mix of stars. The "Ballack and Friends" team included the likes of Miroslav Klose, Dietmar Hamann and Torsten Frings, while the "World Team" included The Continental himself (Dimitar Berbatov), Didier Drogba, Andriy Shevchenko, Philipp Lahm and Jose Mourinho as manager.

Toronto FC

Danny Califf’s return to Philly: What went wrong?

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Two months ago, Toronto looked set to trade former Union captain Danny Califf back to the Union. Instead, he retired. What went wrong? The Philly Soccer Page's Dan Walsh talked to Califf, John Hackworth, and Nick Sakiewicz and found out.

Auf Wiedersehen Herr Kapitan

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A bittersweet farewell  "Frustration": Webster's German Dictionary calls it der Frust... then says a bunch of stuff in German. We assume it's about sausages. Soon, it may contain a passage about Torsten Frings' time at Toronto FC. What started as ein bang back in 2011 has now ended in ein whimper as The Reds say goodbye to their talismanic captain - and the club's most famous player - after he decided to retire due to lingering injury.

Hassli Will Return to Toronto as Designated Player

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Toronto FC forward Eric Hassli will return next year after much speculation about his future. The club confirmed the 31-year-old Frenchman will remain a designated player. He will join fellow designated players Torsten Frings, 36, and Danny Koevermans, 34. All [...]

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Behind Enemy Lines With Toronto FC Blog Waking The Red

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D.C. United has a must-win match tomorrow against Toronto FC. To get you ready, we traded three questions with SB Nation's TFC blog Waking The Red.

B&RU: From CCL competitors to last place in MLS... When did the Toronto FC season go off course?

WTR: Before it even got started really.

Frings out for season with hip injury

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Toronto FC started the season with three Designated Players. None of the three will finish the season on the field with the club.

With Julian de Guzman traded to Dallas and Danny Koevermans out for the season with a torn ACL comes word that captain Torsten Frings will be forced to miss the remainder of the season with a hip injury that requires arthroscopic surgery.

Winning Ugly

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Winning isn't always pretty, good teams find a way to take care of business. Yesterday at Livestrong Sporting Park, KC didn't have the greatest game, but were able to over come that and beat Toronto FC 2-1. The blue print for shutting down KC almost played out to perfection for TFC, without Torsten Frings and Eric Hassli in the lineup, TFC was able to hold their own, but in the end KC had just too much possession and too many chances and finally found the net.

The Facts on Frings

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Article by Stephen Bickford



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.

Santos derrota 3-1 a Toronto en Concachampions

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Santos de México venció este martes a domicilio en el BMO Field al Toronto FC por 3-1, en partido de la tercera jornada del Grupo 1 de la Liga de Campeones de Concacaf y que dejó al elenco azteca al comando del Grupo 1.
Los goles del Santos fueron marcados por Carlos Darwin Quintero (48), Daniel Ludueña (89) y Cándido Ramírez Montes (90), mientras que por Toronto lo hizo Quincy Amarikwa (67).

THE MATCHUP (with bonus STARTING 11!): All our huevos in uno basket

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Poor Santos and his savage heart... so much passion!Those of you who frequent this site... hello you three... know that Monday is reserved for our STARTING 11 feature but as there is an unusual Tuesday fixture this week it's "Buy None - Get Two Free" today. All of the STARTING 11 you love with a dose of THE MATCHUP you kind of enjoy with none of that pesky AFTER 90 you have to tolerate!

Torsten Frings Asks People Of Toronto To Play ‘Pass’ With Him, Gets Utterly Ignored For Six Hours (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which former Germany midfielder and current Toronto FC captain Torsten Frings simply asks commuters passing through Toronto train station to play pass with him and ends up feeling very small after six long hours of people avoiding eye contact with him.

TFC rolls past CD Aguila in CCL Opener

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Toronto FC made an impressive run to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals in the tournament's last installment, and on Wednesday TFC looked every bit like a team determined to make another deep run.

Toronto opened Champions League play on Wednesday with a resounding 5-1 victory against Salvadoran side CD Aguila.

Not Necessarily THE MATCHUP

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"You'll Never Dome Alone"We've already made our feelings clear (here) about Toronto FC and useless, often perilous, mid-season money-friendlies that see actual MLS fixtures re-scheduled to accommodate. So, in apathy rather than any type of misplaced protest, we will forego any kind of regular match preview or post-match report.

AFTER 90: Not so "Fresh"

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"Smell ya later!"THE BUZZ:
Have The Reds truly found stability or is it a blip?

Can TFC avoid giving away another early goal?Will a couple of guys get up to no good?Is Koef fit, and if so, can he continue scoring?Will someone start trouble in the neighourhood?

Letters From Camp

LETTERS FROM CAMP: Fring the bell?

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He's the new "Grumpy Cat"  DOWN AND ALMOST OUT?
He came into camp seemingly "close" to being ready; he played for around 20 minutes in TFC's first spring friendly; he suddenly returned to Toronto for mysterious "personal reasons"; today, word is emerging that he is at least 2 months away from fitness and that even more dramatically - he may be on the verge of having his TFC career ended.

LETTERS FROM CAMP: It's personal...

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Down for the count?
IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU?
Could TFC be on the verge of breaking up with their main man a day after Valentine's Day? That would be cold - Taylor Swift dumping cold - but it was the first thought for many Reds supporters this morning when the club dropped this solemn tweet.

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LETTERS FROM CAMP: Payne management

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"It's good to talk..."  With just a few days before The Reds go all snowbird and head down to Orlando ("WHOOO! SPRING BREAK!"), Kevin Payne took time away from packing his mesh "Daytona Beach '84" tank-tops to hold a round-table discussion with some members of the mainstream Toronto football media.

Balls of String: Stories to watch as Toronto FC plays out a lost season

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"Today's attendance is 19,575... thank you fans"Getting casual fans to watch TFC matches when times were good... well at least fun.... was a challenge. Now, as yet another season enters the "playing for next year" phase, even getting the most ardent supporters interested grows harder. For those of you who know they are addicted to this club and will be back next year despite 2012, finding a reason to watch a futile string of matches may be frustrating.

An In-Depth Look at Toronto FC with Waking the Red

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The ten day game break is officially over! Well, as of tonight it is. Which is nice because, despite the poor results and general low morale, I still found myself severely missing the Portland Timbers. It's breaks like that that make me wonder how I ever get through an entire off season.

In any case, today marks the first of two road games: first in Toronto tonight and then this Sunday in New York against the New York Red Bulls.

THE MATCHUP: Rapidly Seeking Strikers

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Are either of you a "fox in the box"?TORONTO VS. COLORADO
 
BMO FIELD - WEDNESDAY 7PM ET
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO/ONE ----RADIO: THE FAN 590
 
THE KICKABOUT:
It's entirely up to you whether you choose to blame the current management team, the previous one or whatever Pagans used to sacrifice virgins on the site of BMO Field.

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AFTER 90: Grand Theft Dunfield

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"To Club Escobar! Tell 'em Terry sent ya!"
THE BUZZ:
Will the choice to play a B squad destroy any chance of TFC fight?At this point in TFC's season does it really matter?Will fans feel let down if TFC loses to Santos Laguna anyways?Do you guys know any good clubs in Houston for later?

AFTER 90: Short-stemmed trilliums

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"Oh the humanity! florae!"
THE BUZZ:
Can TFC stop giving up late spirit-crushing goals?Will the O'Dea/Eckersley defensive pairing continue?Does any man still use Barbasol?Can Mariner find a permanent partner for Eric Hassli?Will it ever feel like Columbus 2008 again?

AFTER 90: "The Chicago Way"

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"Get that defence an Irishman!"
THE BUZZ:
Are the days of automatic away losses done?Is Eric Hassli ready to make his long-awaited debut?Will Paul Mariner exchange shorts for Team GB Speedos?Did TFC use up all their goals against CD Aguila?Are we the Cameron Frye of MLS?

THE MATCHUP: No time for a Day Off

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"Something -'Dea defending. Anyone? O'Dea defending"CHICAGO VS. TORONTO
 
TOYOTA PARK - SATURDAY 8:30PM ET
TV: GOL TV RADIO: THE FAN 590
 
THE KICKABOUT:
While not exactly "on Fire", TFC have at least a 1-Alarm smoulder going on right now with 4 wins in their last 5 competitive matches.

AFTER 90: Some New England evolution

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THE BUZZ:
Can the Reds momentum carry from their amazing midweek win?
Will Paul Mariner manage TFC's first win at his old stomping ground?
Does new-boy Andrew Wiedeman make an appearance?
Is Kevin McKenna here yet?
Can Terry "Thierry" Dunfield continue his best form as a Red?

The Rest

Werder Bremen sack coach Skripnik

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Berlin (AFP) Werder Bremen's Viktor Skripnik on Sunday became the first Bundesliga coach sacked this season after a fourth straight defeat marked the club's worst ever start.

After nearly two years in charge, mostly battling to avoid relegation, the 46-year-old was axed in the wake of Saturday's 4-1 German league defeat at Borussia Moenchengladbach when Bremen leaked three goals in the opening 21 minutes.

USA - Germany Round 3

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In 1998 the U.S. was in the same group as Germany and lost 2-0 on their road to the 3-6-1 disaster that was 1998, In 2002 they faced Germany and lost 1-0 on a Torsten Frings handball (see above). Tomorrow they face Germany with advancement and first place in the Group of Death on the line. The good news is that we're getting closer with each game and if the trend continues we should be in line for a 0-0 draw.

Seattle sees Red, we see Red like never before - Sounders 1 TFC 2

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We could get used to this...



Ok, I take it back. My preview blog post was a case of shading my optimism with the bitter reality of memory. Memories built around a team that has always started their season on the road and has never begun with a victory.

Forlan to TFC says Globe&Mail Paul Attfield

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So, it is yet to be made official, but I would say that Paul Attfield of the Globe and Mail is a very credible reporter. So when he says "Forlan to TFC" I am ready to believe.

Here is what I wrote on the Globe and Mail report page.

First Tim Leiweke signing and it brings star power.