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TORONTO -- Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen has ticked off another box, acquiring backup goalkeeper Chris Konopka from the Philadelphia Union on Friday in advance of the MLS roster freeze. Fridays deal comes four days after Toronto acquired forward Bright Dike from Portland for Argentine striker Maximiliano Urruti, allocation money and a 2015 first-round draft pick. Toronto gave up a third-round pick in 2014 for the 28-year-old Konopka. While it was a small piece of the puzzle, the Konopka trade all but signals the end for goalkeeper Stefan Frei, Torontos longest-serving player and one-time vice-captain. Frei, relegated to the bench after an injury in the first pre-season game allowed Joe Bendik to claim his job, had a one-on-one talk with goalkeeping coach Stewart Kerr after practice Friday. He declined to speak to the media afterwards. Frei, 27, was destined to leave at the end of the year any way upon the expiration of his contract, rendered surplus to requirements by his US$200,000 salary and the fine play of Bendik. Nelsen essentially said Frei deserves better than Toronto can give him. "Hes such a great guy and such a great goalkeeper and he wants to be a No. 1. And he deserves, he should be a No. 1. And he is a No. 1 in this league -- on probably 75 per cent of most teams." With Freis money off the books next season, the 24-year-old Bendik will likely be rewarded with an improved contract. Bendik and Konopka are both making $46,500 this season, essentially backup goalie money. "Weve had our eye on Chris for a while," said Nelsen. "Hes at a good price, (has) good experience." Konopka was playing behind Zac McMath, who has started all 28 games this season for Philadelphia. McMath is making US$155,000 this season. Frei has started 81 regular season games for Toronto, but none this season or last. A broken nose and Bendik have kept him on the bench this year. In 2012 he was sidelined by a broken leg and ankle injury. A model citizen, with a flair for art off the field, Frei has never complained about his poor fortune. He has been one of the clubs stalwarts. Nelsen said Frei will continue to back up Bendik the remaining games of the season. Toronto is also high on 19-year-old Quillan Roberts and will likely look to loan out the young keeper next year to help him gain experience. "Thats a position where you probably mature a little later than most other positions," said Nelsen. Toronto (4-13-11) still has big holes to fill in its roster. Two marquee strikers, both falling under the designated player label, are on the to do list during the January transfer window, with Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment having earmarked US$26 million for such acquisitions in the last window. Nelsen says he is also looking for two or three "hardened" MLS players -- "at the right age to complement the younger players we have." He maintains he now has the assets to acquire such talent. The club has eased its salary cap concerns, has allocation money to spare and is likely trying to move on players like striker Robert Earnshaw and fullback Richard Eckersley. "Were in a nice situation now," said Nelsen. "Weve got room to move." Nelsen said he did get offers from clubs prior to the salary freeze. But he says he has "probably 12 or 13 or 14" players whom he wont trade unless an amazing deal presents itself. He is well aware of Torontos less-than-stellar past reputation as traders. "Toronto has let go a lot of players who have become dominant players in the league," he said. "We cant do that for short-term gain. We know theyre going to progress. I know theyre going to become dominant players soon. Maybe not next year but in 2015 or 16." The Toronto FC manager looks to use his connections during the off-season to send some of his young talent to train with other clubs. Defender Doneil Henry and midfielders Kyle Bekker and Jonathan Osorio all seem destined to spend time with teams in Europe for seasoning. Nelsen has plenty of youth on his roster, with 13 players aged 24 or younger. Toronto looks to snap a six-game winless streak (0-3-3) as it visits the New York Red Bulls (13-9-6) on Saturday. The wrong combination of results and Toronto could be eliminated from playoff contention for the seventh straight year. The post-season may be off the table but Nelsen says his squad is gaining valuable experience while playing for jobs next season. Toronto is down to three strikers with Robert Earnshaw tweaking his hamstring while scoring in Wednesdays 1-1 tie with the visiting Chicago Fire. That leaves Nelsen with Andrew Wiedeman, Justin Braun and Dike, whose 15 minutes off the bench Wednesday represented his Toronto debut and his first first-team action since undergoing knee surgery in February. Dutch striker Danny Koevermans, who has been frustrated by a string of injuries since returning from his own knee surgery, will travel with the team but is only expected to see action in an accompanying reserve match. Eckersley is a question-mark after suffering a leg knock during collision in training Friday. The Red Bulls have won their last two, winning 4-1 in Houston last time out. New York is unbeaten in its last nine games against Toronto. Star Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill will miss Saturdays game through injury. NOTES -- In the wake of David Millers open letter to Toronto FC, in which he criticized the clubs management and returned his remaining season tickets, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment offered to set up a meeting with the former Toronto mayor and MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke. Miller declined via Twitter, saying: "Thanks, but quite seriously, there are lots of supporters who deserve that, not just me. You know where I stand." Alan Page Jersey .com) - James Harden had 32 points, including a tying layup late in regulation, and the Houston Rockets scored eight of their 13 points in overtime at the foul line to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 117-111 on Friday night. Brett Favre Womens Jersey . -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are tightening the race for second place in the Atlantic Division. http://www.thevikingsshoponline.com/Yout...ngs-jersey/.com) - The Ottawa Senators will try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive when they face the Chicago Blackhawks who are trying to secure their place in the post-season. Fran Tarkenton Jersey . Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks were proof of that on Wednesday night. Brett Favre Jersey . Now comes an off-season of questions about manager Matt Williams decisions and a handful of key roster choices, including what to do about Ryan Zimmerman, whether to sign Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond to long-term deals, and how to upgrade an offence that fell flat in October.PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Bills starting defensive tackle Marcell Dareus wont be ready for the opening of training camp in his latest off-season setback. The Bills announced Dareus was placed on the active/non-football injury list Saturday, a day before the team holds its first practice in suburban Rochester. The Bills didnt say why he was placed on the list. Coach Doug Marrone wont be available for comment until Sunday. The 2011 first-round draft pick has already had a difficult off-season, dealing with two off-field legal matters. In early May, Dareus was arrested in his native Alabama and charged with possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Four weeks later, he was allegedly racing teammate Jerry Hughes when he crashed his 2012 Jaguar into a tree near a busy intersection not far from Ralph Wilson Stadium. Dareus was charged with reckless endangerment and ticketed for several traffic violations, including drag-racing. The NFL could potentially discipline Dareus for his off-field troubles with a fine or suspension. After the crash, Dareus consulted with Marrone and decided to take two weeks off from voluntary practices. He returned for the teams three-day mandatory minicamp in mid-June but did not speak to reporters. He was last seen in Buffalo on July 1, when hhe made a brief appearance in court on his reckless driving charge.dddddddddddd. Dareus has been a three-year starter in Buffalo since he was drafted with the third pick out of Alabama. Hes coming off a career season in which he was credited with 71 tackles and 7 1/2 sacks and made his first Pro Bowl appearance as an injury replacement. In other moves, the Bills also placed guard J.J. Unga on the active/non-football injury list. Starting cornerback Leodis McKelvin was cleared for practice. Coming off hip surgery, McKelvin was added to the roster after being activated from the active/physically unable to perform list. The Bills also signed receiver Tori Gurley and defensive back Kamaal McIlwain. The 6-foot-4 Gurley had one catch in three games with the Cleveland Browns last season. He has spent time with several teams since breaking into the NFL in 2011 as an undrafted free agent with Green Bay. McIlwain has yet to play in an NFL game since breaking into the league in 2011. He was cut by Kansas City before the start of last season. Both players participated on a tryout basis in Buffalos mandatory minicamp last month. They fill the roster spots left open after the Bills released receiver Cordell Roberson and defensive back Darius Robinson on Friday. ' ' '

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