TORONTO -- Former starting goalie Stefan Frei may finally get his chance to play next week for Toronto FC in place of the suspen

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TORONTO -- Former starting goalie Stefan Frei may finally get his chance to play next week for Toronto FC in place of the suspended Joe Bendik. Custom Sacramento Kings Jerseys . Frei has not started an MLS game since Sept. 24, 2011, when Toronto was beaten 3-0 by Chivas USA. The 27-year-old Swiss-born keeper missed all of last season with an ankle and leg injury suffered in training. Then, having endured a long recuperation, he lost his job to Bendik after breaking his nose in the first game of the 2013 pre-season. Bendik, a fiery and dependable shot-stopper, has been one of the bright lights in Torontos 5-16-11 season. But he received a second yellow card at the end of Torontos 1-0 loss to Philadelphia last Saturday and will have to sit out a game in Chicago on Oct. 19. Toronto has a bye this weekend. Bendik was yellow-carded in the 86th minute for time-wasting as he prepared a goal kick. After the game ended, he got another yellow when he went to talk to the referee. Philadelphia scored on a 95th-minute free kick by Brazils Kleberson to win 1-0. "That was a weird one, I dont understand that," manager Ryan Nelsen said Tuesday of the ejection. "Mind-boggling how he got the first (card). And then I think the second (card) was more that he was asking about how it took them (Philadelphia) two minutes to celebrate the goal and then he (referee Armando Villarreal) called the game before the six minutes (stoppage time) was up. "So he was just asking why blow (the whistle) so quickly, which is a fair question. But generally when you ask those type of questions, you get those type of responses. Unfortunately we wont have Joe available." Villarreal handed out seven yellow cards and a straight red (to Phialdelphias Fabinho). Toronto has no shortage of goalies behind Bendik with Frei, Chris Konopka and Quillan Roberts. With 81 starts under his belt, the 28-year-old Frei has the most experience. But he is widely expected to be on his way out. His contract, worth a hefty US$200,000 this season, is expiring and the club is committed to Bendik, who more than likely will get a new deal to reward his No. 1 status. Bendik is making a bargain $46,500 this year. The team acquired Konopka in a deal with the Philadelphia Union last month. The six-foot-five keeper, who also makes $46,500, is expected to be Bendiks backup next season. In the case of fullback Richard Eckersley, another TFC player seen on his way out from the club due to a high salary cap hit, Nelsen has opted to see what else he has available in recent weeks. That has opened up a starting spot for Mark Bloom. Still his early take is that Frei will get the start. "Well have to see how we go for the next two weeks but Stefans been in that (backup) position all season so at the moment its his." Nelsens hand may be forced given that Konopka was recovering from an injury prior to joining Toronto. "Hes close but probably not close enough," said Nelsen. Many fans see Frei as a loyal servant of the club who has endured a dreadful spell of bad luck. Nelsen was asked at a recent breakfast with supporters whether he would consider giving Frei one final start in the season finale for "a proper sendoff." Nelsen was diplomatic at the time, without committing to anything. Its not the kind of gesture that appeals to the ultra-competitive Nelsen, however. The Toronto manager may well have opted for Kopoka had he been healthy. But Konopkas health also gives Nelsen a reason to win some points by starting Frei. At 19, Roberts is seen as one for the future and will likely be loaned out to a USL team next season to get seasoning. Bendiks suspension follows a high note, at least. He is up for save of the week for a stop on Philadelphias Michael Farfan. Kleberson, meanwhile is up for goal of the week. The bye week comes at a good time for Toronto given that midfielders Bobby Convey (ankle), Darel Russell and Alvaro Rey (both quads) both were injured in the Philadelphia game. "They should be all right by Chicago but well keep an eye on them," said Nelsen. Toronto wraps up its season Oct. 26 at home to the Montreal Impact. Harry Giles Jersey . The Mets made the announcement Sunday night. Parnell blew a save on opening day against Washington and the next day it was revealed he had partially torn right elbow ligament. Chris Webber Jersey . -- Floridas smothering defence returned to form just in time for the third-ranked Gators to keep their winning streak going. http://www.nbakingsonline.com/Authentic-George-Hill-Kings-Jersey/ .C. -- Charles Oakley, one of the NBAs all-time tough guys, may not return to the Charlotte Bobcats bench next season because of a painful back condition he says was caused during an assault last year in Las Vegas.Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton has decided to appeal his 15-game suspension for punching and injuring unsuspecting Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik. Thorntons agent, Anton Thun, confirmed in an email that his client was appealing. The NHL Players Association announced it had informed the league of that plan before the 48-hour deadline to do so passed. As laid out in the collective bargaining agreement, the appeal first goes to commissioner Gary Bettman. If Bettman upholds the suspension, Thornton and the NHLPA can then elect to appeal to a neutral arbitrator because it is for six or more games. Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta is the only player to use this appeals process under the new CBA, and no player has gone to the neutral arbitrator. Bettman upheld Kaletas 10-game suspension for an illegal hit on Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson, issuing a 17-page decision. Thornton got 15 games for slew-footing Orpik to the ice and landing gloved punches to his head during a game Dec. 7. The Pittsburgh defenceman was knocked unconscious and has not played since because of a concussion. Vice-president of pllayer safety Brendan Shanahan said it was not a spontaneous action by Thornton because he tried to confront Orpik earlier after Orpik injured Bruins winger Loui Eriksson with a hit. Georgios Papagiannis Jersey. Appearing on TSN Drive with Dave Naylor on TSN 1050, Thun said he could not talk about the case before it was presented in the appeal hearing but did mention he felt there was more than one reason for Thornton to appeal his suspension. "We believe there are a variety of reasons to appeal it and part of it is just clarity… The clarity is not just Shawn but for the other players in the league." Thun was also asked if he was aware of when the appeal hearing will take place with Bettman. "To be the best of my knowledge the meeting will be later this week, Thursday and Friday have been thrown around but at this point in time it hasnt been confirmed." Thornton had not been fined or suspended before. Several general managers and coaches around the NHL have spoken in support of Thorntons character in his career before this incident. The Oshawa, Ont., native apologized for his actions after the game. 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