Toronto FC midfielder Torsten Frings is prepared to take charge.
The 79-time capped German midfielder was brought in to dramatically help turn Toronto’s fortunes in Major League Soccer and its upcoming Champions League contests.
Since arriving, Frings has quietly gone about regaining his fitness and is likely to start Wednesday against Dallas (8 p.m. ET on TSN).
“I've been training hard, I feel good and I think I can start Wednesday,” Frings said recently at BMO Field through an interpreter.
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Whenever a MLS team signs a designated player, there is pressure to perform at a level higher than his peers. Whether Frings knows the history behind such distinction is unclear, but what’s apparent is the former Werder Bremen man brings a world class presence to the TFC dressing room.
His professionalism was evident when he held a 45-minute training session with a trainer following Toronto’s triumph in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship. While teammates were rightfully celebrating within a stone’s throw from the pitch, Frings was hard at work.
“I feel comfortable and like Toronto, but my main focus is team performance.”
At training so far, the midfielder has impressed head coach Aron Winter with his work ethic and attitude. On Tuesday, Winter remarked in passing on the additional benefit to Toronto’s many young players who will prosper by following Frings’ example, indicating he can already sense a difference.
The newcomer is prepared to repay his coach’s faith.
“I am comfortable with the team; they've accepted me, made me feel welcome. Now it's time to get some wins and grab some points.”
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