Nelsen confirms Bendik red card, Frei to start in Chicago

- October 6th, 2013
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Sun Files

Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen confirmed late Saturday night that first-choice ‘keeper Joe Bendik received a red card following Toronto’s 1-0 loss at Philadelphia.

“Joe went over to (the referee after the game) to ask what the foul was for and he showed him a second yellow,” Nelsen said. “(The referee) panicked a bit, like they seem to do under pressure.”

The sending off would appear to open the door for former No. 1 Stefan Frei to step in late in the season and potentially receive the sending off many fans want to give him.

“It has to,” Nelsen said after being asked if Frei will replace Bendik in Chicago. “Luckily we’ve got Stefan and we’ve got Chris Konopka who are two No. 1s in this league. It’s a big opportunity for Stefan now.”

Through five MLS seasons, Frei has started 81 times for Toronto FC, earning 19 shutouts on the way to accumulating a 20-34-25 record.

 

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