We will always have the god times Torsten. #tear - Jeff Gross
We look back over Tosten Frings' time at Toronto from the glorious highs all the way down to the injury plagued end. He may well be the most talented player to ever pull on the TFC shirt but it all ended too soon.
June 2011 - The internet rumours begin making the round that Toronto FC is closing in on signing a pair of big named designated players to bolster their roster. For the first time Torsten Frings is linked to Toronto FC and it does not take long for it to go from blog chatter, to solid rumour, to sources saying it is a done deal and that German would be joining the club on a multi-year contract.
July 20, 2011 - Frings gets his first start for Toronto FC and goes the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss against FC Dallas. Frings turned in a solid outing but with so many new players in the lineup TFC lacks the cohesion needed to get a result.
July 27, 2011- Frings steps into the CONCACAF Champions League for the first time in a 2-1 win over Real Esteli that puts TFC on course for a spot in the group stage despite a big error from Milos Kocic allowing the visitors to get that away goal.
August 2, 2011 - Frings gets his first taste of playing on the road in the CONCACAF Champions League and there is a good chance that the field he played on against Real Esteli is up among the worst he even had to deal with in his long pro career. He lasts a full 90 again though in the 2-1 win that sends TFC to the group stage.
August 13, 2011 - Frings gets his first taste of victory in MLS as TFC snags a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake as Toronto FC hits the milestone for most players used in a single MLS season and the era of Frings playing in between the CBs gets under way.
October 18, 2011 - Having helped TFC set up a winner takes all showdown with FC Dallas in the CCL Frings goes the full 90 minutes in that vital 3-0 win which saw Toronto claim a place in the knockout round. The Frings in defense experiment continues to yield success for Aron Winter and his side.
March 7, 2012 - Facing the reigning MLS champs Toronto FC are clear underdogs but thanks in large part to the stabilizing influence of Frings in the middle of the park TFC is able to claim a 2-2 draw against the Los Angles Galaxy at the Rogers Centre. The result puts TFC in with a chance of advancing to the semifinals in CCL play.
March 17, 2012 - After playing nearly every available minute in 2012 Frings only lasts 24 minutes in TFC's first league game of 2013. He falls victim to the plastic playing surface in Seattle beginning his season on the wrong foot but sadly it was just the start of his injury problems and TFC's problems as they would end up losing 9 MLS games in a row starting with the 3-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders.
May 2, 2012 - Having played in World Cups and other small time tournaments like that Frings finally reaches the big time making his first appearance in the Voyaguers Cup. The game ends up a boring 0-0 draw between TFC and the Impact but it keeps things in the balance heading to the second leg in Montreal.
May 23, 2012 - The only piece of silverware (not counting the Trillium Cup here) that Frings would ever win at TFC comes in the form of the 2012 Voyageurs Cup. Frings played the full 90 minutes in a dramatic 1-0 win over the Whitecaps that featured a pair of sendings off and a Reggie Lambe game winner.
May 26, 2012 - Toronto FC finally wins its first league game with Frings going the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union. The win is also the last time that the man who signed Frings, Aron Winter, coached TFC in MLS play.
June 27, 2012 - it took almost a year since he was signed by Toronto FC but Frings finally scored his first MLS goal in a 3-0 win over the Montreal Impact. We will just pretend that when he blasted his free kick on goal he knew that he was going to put enough swerve on it to score and it wasn't just a massive mistake from Donovan Ricketts in goal.
July 11, 2012 - Frings notches his second and final MLS goal this time in a dramatic 3-2 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. He did not score often for TFC but at least he saved his goals for games against Canadian rivals. This time his goal was much sexier as his long range strike found a way though a lot of bodies and into the net setting up the dramatic finish that many TFC fans will not soon forget and neither will Terry Dunfield.
August 14 2012 - In something that I still don't really understand the point of, Frings goes to play football in the subway, and gets thoroughly ignored.
August 29th 2012 - After a 3-1 loss to Santos Laguna that effectively ends TFC's Concacaf run, and season, Paul Mariner lays the blame squarely on Frings post game. Kurt Larson piles on in the Sun, and for the first time there's serious discussion on whether Frings has a future at TFC.
September 5, 2012 - TFC confirms that Frings will undergo surgery on his hip and would be shut down for the remainder of the season as a result. Thus incresing the speculation that his days at Toronto FC could be coming to a close should he be unable to return to fitness in time for 2013.
February 9, 2013 - Toronto FC opens their preseason campaign with a 1-0 defeat against the Crew down in Orlando. Frings comes on in the 64th minute for his final minutes with Toronto FC and does not really look like his old dominant self which was understandable considering his lengthy layoff and rehab.
February 13, 2013 - A simple tweet starts the rumor mill a blaze as TFC confirms that Frings had returned to Toronto to deal with personal matters and continue his rehab at the Kia training facility. Many start to speculate that his return to Toronto might also have a lot to do with the end of his time with the club.
February 22, 2013 - The buzz about Frings being done at TFC gets too strong to ignore for anyone not suffering a major case of denial as several reputable folks report that there have at least been talks of buy outs and retirement going on. Seems the end really is near.
February 26, 2013 - His arrival came with a whole lot of excitement but his exit seems totally unfitting for a player of his calibre. Fitness and age force one of the best players to ever grace BMO Field to bring his time at Toronto FC to an early end without bringing the club the kind of success many had hoped for upon his arrival.
Frings may have only been with TFC for just over a year and a half but he will almost certainly go down as a fan favorite on the same level of the likes of Jim Brennan and Danny Dichio. No matter how you feel about that way things ended it was clear that Frings brought a lot of hard work and effort along with his undeniable skills during his time at TFC.
We may have covered some of the biggest events but we want you to take a minute and share your biggest Frings memory in the comments section. XXII!