Mid-Day Ticker: Frings considers MLS, Red Bulls injuries mount and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Frings considers MLS, Red Bulls injuries mount and more

MLS- New York Red Bulls

Mid-Day Ticker: Frings considers MLS, Red Bulls injuries mount and more

By AVI CREDITOR

To United States men's national team fans, he will always be considered a villain. And he may be coming to a Major League Soccer team near you.

Torsten Frings, whose "save" to clear a ball off the line in the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup helped Germany hold off the United States, said that he hopes to continue his playing career for a couple of more years, either in Germany or in the United States, specifically New York.

In case you need a refresher of that fateful quarterfinal matchup (the fun starts at the 1:45-mark):

Here are a few more stories to get you through the day:

TCHANI, IBRAHIM RULED OUT

After already declaring that Thierry Henry would miss the first leg of the New York Red Bulls' playoff series against San Jose, the Red Bulls announced that Tony Tchani and Salou Ibrahim will also not be available for selection Saturday night.

Both players are reportedly nursing hamstring injuries and will not travel with the team to San Jose.

FIFA MAY DELAY WC BID ANNOUNCEMENT

FIFA officials are meeting to discuss whether they should delay the announcement of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts.

With the controversy, which includes alleged bribery and collusion, swirling regarding the bids to both tournaments, FIFA's executive panel, headed by the organization's president, Sepp Blatter, is currently in deliberations about putting off the vote and subsequent announcement that are supposed to take place on Dec. 2.

PORTUGUESE REFS TO STRIKE

Portuguese referees are reportedly going to strike when tax increases go into effect next month.

According to Reuters, the Portuguese Football Referees Association is fumed over having to "pay social welfare contributions even though refereeing is an entirely amateur activity in the country."

Should the referees follow through and strike, it would force the postponement of a number of matches, including the Nov. 7th clash between top-flight powers Porto and Benfica.

KLOSE INJURED AGAIN

A day after returning from a thigh injury and training with the Bayern Munich reserves, Miroslav Klose is back on the shelf with an injury to the same muscle.

Klose, who was just out for the last two weeks, will miss the next three weeks, which includes Bayern's UEFA Champions League match against CFR Cluj.

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Would you welcome Frings to MLS? Think the Red Bulls injuries are starting to become too much to overcome? What do you make of the FIFA mess? Do you side with the referees in Portugal? Think Bayern Munich has any shot to get back to the Champions League final considering all its injuries?

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