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Oct 14, 2012 11:42pm
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TORONTO —Two games into his MLS career, Chicago Fire defender Arne Friedrich
will see a familiar face when he looks down the pitch at BMO Field on Saturday.
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Torsten Frings and Friedrich won 161 caps for Germany between them. Now both
call the MLS home. For the 32-year-old Friedrich, his one-year contract with the
Fire is a soccer adventure after a distinguished club career spent mostly with
Hertha Berlin. While some imports complain about the travel in MLS, Friedrich
says that wont be an issue for him. “For me, its fun to explore the country and
so I dont care about the flights,” he said from Chicago this week. Friedrich
said he and Frings were “good teammates” rather than good friends, since they
played on different club sides. “Hes a good guy,” Friedrich said of Frings. “He
was a very important guy for the German national team. So we had some good times
together.” Frings, who limits his discussions with the media, offered his take
on Friedrich via email through a Toronto FC representative. “Arne is a quality
defender and he was my teammate on the German national team at the 2006 FIFA
World Cup and at EURO 2008,” said the 35-year-old Frings. “He was an important
part of our team and I know he will do well for Chicago and in the MLS.”
Friedrich also was an integral part of the German team that finished third at
the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He played every game and scored his first
goal for the national team in the quarter-final against Argentina. He also left
with good memories of South Africa and its people, calling it “a very impressive
country.” While he is still getting his feet wet in MLS, Friedrich—like
Frings—appreciates how the North American league is worlds apart from the
fishbowl that is German soccer. “Its perfect,” he said. He is rarely recognized
in the U.S. other than when he runs into Germans. “The rest, they dont care
about me and this is very nice.” Saturdays game will be the first for Frings
since he strained his hamstring in the season-opening loss to Seattle.
Friedrichs first MLS game last Sunday proved to be a wild one in a
weather-interrupted 1-1 tie with the visiting Houston Dynamo. The match was
delayed for 70 minutes in the 13th minute, only to resume and then be called
after 66 minutes. But already he is impressed with his fellow players in the
league. “The players are very fit, they physically strong and can run for 90
minutes. The level is not that bad, as most people in Germany think,” Friedrich
said. “I guess I can help the team when I get totally fit and Im working on this
every day. But the league is definitely interesting” He was a late arrival this
season, joining the Fire a month ago following their season opener in Montreal
after contract negotiations were completed. His arrival is good news for
Chicago, which has lost veteran defender Cory Gibbs for an estimated four-to-six
months after surgery to repair his right meniscus. Friedrich paired with
second-year defender Jalil Anibaba in the back against Houston. He wears No. 23,
a number that has plenty of significance in Chicago. Friedrich explains the
choice by saying he wore No. 2 when he started with the German national team
before getting No. 3. “And as well I like the performances of Michael Jordan,”
he added. Friedrich played for Hertha from 2002 to 2010, captaining the side and
making 231 appearances. He moved to VFL Wolfsburg after Hertha was relegated,
playing in 15 games in 2010-11. His contract was cancelled by mutual consent—
“Why is not important,” says Friedrich when asked about it. He took the next six
months off from the game. “It was my decision,” he said of the break. “Then I
thought about my future. I decided to play one more year, in Chicago because I
liked the country.” Friedrich, Frings and New Englands Florian Lechner make up
the three-man German contingent in MLS. Toronto FC striker Danny Koevermans
knows all about Friedrich. “Good player,” said the big Dutchman. Friedrich did
not talk to Frings ahead of his move to Chicago, although he did consult former
Red Bulls goalie Frank Rost about MLS. Still Toronto FC manager Aron Winter
believes Frings decision to come to MLS midway through last season has made MLS
more attractive to other international players. “I think the moment when we
brought Torsten in, the eyes were opened for other players in Europe or overseas
that OK, this league that we might have understimated is a good league. “And
thats why they want to come here. Its a very good league.” Winter also believes
that Chicago coach Frank Klopas looked to Europe and Friedrich “for some players
he couldnt find in this league.” While Winter also rates Friedrich as a good
player, he like what he sees in Torontos uniform. “Im very happy with Torsten,”
Winter said with a smile. Friedrich too is happy with his decision. “Everything
here in Chicago is fine. I like the city, I like the club. The teammates are
wonderful and kind. Ive had a good start.” Friedrichs girlfriend visited him
recently but is back in Berlin now. His parents also came over to see him. He
uses the phone and Skype to stay in touch. He does not rule out a longer stay
but says he will let the future take care of itself. Nick
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eight-time German champions Alba Berlin at Berlins O2 arena on Oct. 6. The
Celtics will open the NBA Europe Live tour Oct. Joe
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Dogs, who open at home on Friday night, are the defending QMJHL and Memorial Cup
champions who finished first with a 50-15-3 record and lost only one playoff
game enroute to the final, an overtime loss to Chicoutimi in the
semifinals.LIVERPOOL, England—A Liverpool fan has bc after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United
captain Patrice Evra. Phillip Gannon was seen on live television making a
racially offensive monkey gesture during the FA Cup fourth-round match between
the sides. The normally heated atmosphere was even more volatile because it was
the first match between the clubs sinnce Liverpool forward Luis Suarez was
banned for eight matches for racially abusing Evra. Tim
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