Mid-day Ticker: Klinsmann officially joins Toronto FC as consultant, Le Toux wins fair play and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Jurgen Klinsmann is now the man to help reorganize Toronto FC. The former German international was officially hired as a consultant to help the club through the hiring process of a coach and general manager.

Klinsmann and his company, SoccerSolutions, will serve as advisers to Toronto FC, working closely with Assistant General Manager Jim Brennan, and interim Director of Soccer Earl Cochrane, as the club tries to shake things up ahead of the 2011 season.

The former coach of the German national team has served in an advising role to the Los Angeles Galaxy and has offered technical guidance to the adidas Elite Soccer Program. His last role, as Bayern Munich coach, ended in 2009 when he was fired.

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LE TOUX, SAN JOSE, WIN FAIR PLAY AWARDS

While he may not have played a factor in the MVP race, Philadelphia Union attacker Sebastien Le Toux won the MLS Fair Play award. The Frenchman committed just 10 fouls in his 28 starts in 2010. Coming away with the team award for Fair Play was the San Jose Earthquakes. They committed only 286 fouls all season, and were tied for the fewest cautions on the year with 40.

CHIVAS USA CEO STEPS DOWN

Heading into an offseason that will once again feature a search for a new head coach, Chivas USA CEO and President Shawn Hunter announced the he will leave his position with the Rojiblancos. While Hunter will continue to serve Chivas USA in an advisory role, his decision ends a three-year stint as the CEO of Chivas, as the club enters another break in transition.

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Injured Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez believes that he will be ready to return to the field in time for next Wednesday's Manchester derby. The Argentine is currently recovering from a thigh injury in his native country.

1860 Munich forward Kenny Cooper has resumed light training as he continues to recover from a broken ankle.

Liverpool have hired former Tottenham Director of Soccer Damien Comolli as their Director of Soccer Strategy, the first major hire of the John Henry era.

Hamburg SV forward Ruud van Nistelrooy is out for a month after suffering a torn adductor muscle.

Former Chelsea and PSV striker Mateja Kezman has left Paris St. Germain after the mutual termination of his contract by the club.

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What do you think of the Klinsmann news? Glad to see Le Toux win an award? Can Chivas USA right the ship this offseason? Will Tevez return in time for next week's derby?

Share your thoughts below.

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14 Responses to Mid-day Ticker: Klinsmann officially joins Toronto FC as consultant, Le Toux wins fair play and more

  1. curmudgeon says:

    There were a number of viable candidates for the Fair Play award; but what put Le Toux over the top was his reasonable and gracious reaction to the news that Edson Buddle had been inexplicably, bizzarely chosen over him as a finalist for MVP.

  2. Waterlewd says:

    Le Toux is such a likeable and honest player. Always working hard and has nothing but nice things to say about his team and fellow players. I just really like that guy and the way he plays. Congrats to him!

  3. Dave says:

    One more reason my son is getting a Le Toux shirt and not a Mwanga shirt this Xmas

  4. RK says:

    Obviously Le Toux didn’t emulate his national team…

  5. Brian says:

    It’s alive! It’s alive! It’s alive! Frankencooper is alive!

  6. Brian says:

    LOL! That’s because Le Toux doesn’t play defense!

  7. SoB says:

    wait. you mean a striker/attacking midfielder in an aggressively attacking system is supposed to defend? its all so clear to me now.

  8. jlm says:

    klinsmann is getting more and more involved with soccer in the us. predicting that he will be us nat team coach one day. i feel like he and Gulati have mutual hopes for him to fill the position in the future and that 2010 was just not the right time for it.

  9. Chicago - Scott says:

    I don’t like Le Toux at all… and I really don’t know why. Just something about him…

  10. Chicago - Scott says:

    So they couldn’t get Klinsmann to agree to be their coach so instead they hire him as a consultant?

  11. Paul C says:

    hah.

  12. GW says:

    Nowhere is there any mention of him being offered the manager’s role. In his consultant’s role he gets to advise the Assistant General Manager and the Director of Football. So he’s at a higher level on the food chain.

    This should tell you that one possible reason he has never taken the USMNT job is because he isn’t really interested in managing per se. It seems he would prefer to be a role somewhere between what Gulati and BB currently do, something more big picture than what BB does.

  13. usa fan says:

    Klinsmann broke the hearts of American fans and every time I see his picture it still hurts.. I still have hopes of us getting together someday..

  14. Brian says:

    Ah don’t give me that. He’s lined up as a right winger plenty of times