Toronto Signs Two DPs

Toronto Signs Two DPs

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 29, 2011
  • Aron Winter, Bob de Klerk, Danny Koevermans, Torsten Frings

Torsten Frings, the newest DP in MLS and in Toronto. (Getty Images)

On a day when Toronto FC is set to take on their Canadian rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps. The club has gone out and made a big splash in the transfer market. The club announced today the signings of German World Cup midfielder Torsten Frings and former PSV Einhoven striker Danny Koevermans as the club’s newest Designated Players.

The 34-year old Frings is an interesting signing for Toronto. He plays practically the same position as their other DP, Julian de Guzman (and youngster Toni Tchani too). While he brings a lot of experience to the table you have to wonder how he’ll fit in to the MLS style of play.

Koevermans on the other hand could end up being a very good signing for the club. Toronto is second-to-last in goals scored this season in MLS and at this point they need anyone they can get to score goals. The 32-year-old is known for his goals in the Dutch Eredivisie, where he scored 136 times in 253 games for PSV, AZ Alkmaar and Sparta Rotterdam.

Both will have to wait until after July 15 to make their debuts with the club, as that is the day the international transfer window officially opens up.

The club also could see head coach Aron Winter step down from his coaching position to move into the club’s technical director role. Assistant coach Bob de Klerk could be stepping into the head coach role for the remainder of the season. Various outlets reported it on Wednesday, the first being The Globe and Mail.

All moves are pretty big for the club. Being last in the Eastern Conference and having the league’s worst goal differential could be a big reason why the club is drastically making changes here. Seeing Winter move himself out of the head coach role feels so similar to Mo Johnston but it will be even more interesting to see how he handles himself in that role with the team. He hasn’t exactly lit the league on fire in terms of his player moves this season here.

  • Dave

    DeGuzman has to be leaving soon… I would think? Or going non-DP?

    Anyway, no mention in the press conference of Winter moving upstairs. Looks like things are staying as they are for now, but who knows with TFC.

    • You never really know with TFC now do you? We’ll have to wait and see here.