6:28 AM EDT, Tue April 25, 2017
David Villa’s long-distance goal is a goalkeeper’s worst nightmare. How do Stefan Frei, other keepers avoid it?

David Villa’s long-distance goal is a goalkeeper’s worst nightmare. How do Stefan Frei, other keepers avoid it?

Long-distance goals are an ever-present danger in soccer. Sounders goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra said the way keepers prevent such goals is by knowing their opponents, recognizing the danger of long balls coming over the top and keeping their footwork coordinated.
Sounder At Heart Apr 18, 2017
No reason to panic yet, but the Sounders have much to improve on

No reason to panic yet, but the Sounders have much to improve on

Stefan Frei said that even though they’re low in the standings, this team is much better than they were this time last year One of the marks of a great goalkeeper is the ability to read and interpret the game in front of him from the same vantage point for 90+ minutes, every game. The Seattle Sounders are lucky enough to have a goalkeeper like that in Stefan Frei, who sees and is able to articulate soccer on a deeper level than most. He enjoys talking about individual matches, as well as the team’s situation as a whole, and breaking them down for analysis. Coming off a hard loss to...
Sounder At Heart Apr 15, 2017
Sounders fall 2-1 in first Cascadia Cup match of the year

Sounders fall 2-1 in first Cascadia Cup match of the year

Seattle finds the back of the net late but fall to the ‘Caps after Montero finds the net twice. In the most bittersweet way, Seattle fell to their Canadian rivals 2-1 at BC Place. Both goals came from former Sounder and Rave Green all-time leader in goals and assists, Fredy Montero. Able to just slip away from his defenders twice in the box to head it past Stefan Frei. To add insult to injury, Mauro Rosales subbed on in the 87th just to enjoy beating his former side with Montero. Will Bruin and Roldan both get dangerous late, Bruin finds the net in the 89th minute from a low byline cross...
Sounder At Heart Apr 14, 2017
Major Link Soccer: Cascadia kicks off

Major Link Soccer: Cascadia kicks off

The Vancouver perspective on taking on the Champions. Drew Moor will sit out while his irregular heartbeat is analyzed. People are (still) saying the US will win a World Cup in 10 years. Major League Soccer Toronto FC defender Drew Moor got some bad news: An irregular heartbeat was detected after a training session, and he'll need to take time off for further testing. He'll miss at least the upcoming Columbus Crew match as he's evaluated. Seattle The Sounders have swept the votes this week, with Stefan Frei joining Nicolas Lodeiro's goal with his Save of the Week win. The dive to his left...
Sounder At Heart Apr 13, 2017
Stefan Frei wants the Sounders to dominate Vancouver’s will

Stefan Frei wants the Sounders to dominate Vancouver’s will

The keeper intends to help lead tempo from the back. According to Stefan Frei, when the Vancouver Whitecaps “smell blood, they go after it.” He wants Seattle Sounders to possess and control the tempo. There is a recognition that Vancouver is a young, energetic team that can swing from enthusiastic to broken within a game. Their recent match against RSL was a case study in that swing. Carl Robinson told AFTN “The first goal was always going to win it and I actually thought when they scored their first goal we had probably had our best 15 minutes of the game.” Twenty-four minutes...
Sounder At Heart Apr 12, 2017
Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Player ratings

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Player ratings

The fickle sports gods decided to frustrate me this week. Yes, a point in San Jose via a 1-1 tie might be considered an acceptable outcome, but man, something about the Earthquakes-Sounders games really drives me crazy. It’s not just the results, which have been frustratingly in favor of the California team, but also the game flow – or lack thereof. Their coach supports a mundane, physical game that is the complete antithesis of Seattle’s style, and it makes for very ugly play. Credit to the home team is deserved, I guess. Blah. KEEPER: Stefan Frei – 7 | Community – 7.2 For 90...
Sounder At Heart Apr 5, 2017
The secret to Sounders goalkeepers’ success

The secret to Sounders goalkeepers’ success

Frei might be No. 1, but clean sheets in Seattle are a team effort. For a team like the Seattle Sounders, it’s easy to miss much of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Because Frei starts nearly every match in which he’s healthy, most fans don’t get too many glimpses of the backup keepers. Even fewer get to observe Tom Dutra, the Sounders’ “Club Director of Goalkeeping,” conduct a session with the keepers at Starfire. Frei is undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers in Major League Soccer, but he will be the first to pass credit for success to the crew he works with...
Seattle Times Apr 5, 2017
Sounders goalkeeper Frei likes direction team headed in

Sounders goalkeeper Frei likes direction team headed in

Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei likes the way his team has weathered an early season storm when it comes to being shorthanded defenders
Sounder At Heart Apr 5, 2017
Seattle Sounders vs. Atlanta United: Player ratings

Seattle Sounders vs. Atlanta United: Player ratings

There was a lot to consider when re-watching the Seattle Sounders’ disappointing 0-0 draw with Atlanta United on Friday night. On one hand, Atlanta was the highest-scoring team in the league, and Seattle’s backline had only one of its usual starters but still earned a clean sheet. On the other hand, while the Sounders created quality chances, they failed to put much of real substance on frame or take advantage of their superior play throughout most of the game. KEEPER: Stefan Frei – 6 | Community – 7.1 This was Frei’s first shutout of the season, and his organization of the...

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