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It appears that Frank Rost's time in Major League Soccer has come and gone.
Hans Backe told the New York Post Tuesday that he expects New York's midseason acquisition and Designated Player goalkeeper to return to Germany, leaving the Red Bulls with an unresolved situation in goal yet again.
Part of the reason that the club dealt Dwayne De Rosario to D.C. United was to clear cap space to sign a goalkeeper of Rost's caliber, but the move amounted to a high-cost, short-term rental during a season that ended short of lofty expectations. Bouna Coundoul appears to enter the offseason as the club's top option in goal, although it's an area that is likely to be addressed again.
Backe also mentioned that he expects integral midfielder Joel Lindpere to remain with the club, either with a new deal or via the club picking up its option on the Estonian international, who will compete for his country in its Euro 2012 qualifier playoff against Robbie Keane's Republic of Ireland.
Here are a couple of more items from around MLS:
TIMBERS DENY RAPIDS' INTERVIEW REQUEST
The Colorado Rapids have a hole to fill on their coaching staff following the dismissal of Gary Smith, but current Portland Timbers coach John Spencer won't be the one stepping into that void.
The Timbers denied the Rapids' request to interview Spencer, according to The Oregonian, taking the potential candidate out of consideration for the job.
While there's no reason for Spencer to be looking to leave his situation in Portland, it's understandable why Colorado would be interested in acquiring his services. In addition to leading Portland to the cusp of the postseason in its expansion year, Spencer was a standout player and captain for the Rapids from 2001-2004, earning two Best XI nods while wearing the Rapids' crest.
LE TOUX REPEATS AS FAIR PLAY WINNER
For the second straight season, Philadelphia Union attacker Sebastien Le Toux captured the MLS Fair Play award. Le Toux didn't receive a single card, yellow or red, all season, and committed just 20 fouls en route to edging out New England's Darrius Barnes and and Colorado's Kosuke Kimura for the honor. He joins Michael Parkhurst (2007-08) and Steve Ralston (1999-2000) as players to win the award in consecutive years.
The Timbers, who committed a league-low 347 fouls all season, captured the team Fair Play award, beating out Chivas USA and the Philadelphia Union.
How would you characterize the state of the Red Bulls and their roster? Happy to hear that Spencer won't leave Portland for Colorado? Whom else do you think Colorado should look at? What do you make of the Fair Play Award winners?
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