Stefan Frei

Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders at Montreal: Lineup includes former Impact midfielder Harry Shipp

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Only one change from last week's loss to Houston.

Brian Schmetzer's latest lineup features just one change for his Seattle Sounders FC. Harry Shipp is replacing Alvaro Fernandez in the starting lineup. Gustav Svensson continues as the right back option, with Brad Evans out and Oniel Fisher still with limited fitness.

Sounders at Houston Dynamo, recap: Road loss to begin season.

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Seattle remains winless in Houston.

Despite a late surge, the Seattle Sounders opened 2017 with a 2-1 loss. The Houston Dynamo dominated the first half. Their posture in the final forty-five gave Seattle hope. Sounders have yet to win in Houston. Clint Dempsey scored his first goal since 21 Aug 2016, but it was a goal for honor not a result.

Seattle Sounders at Houston Dynamo: Lineup includes Clint Dempsey

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Nine starters from the MLS Cup win, plus Clint Dempsey

In their first competitive match since winning the MLS Cup the Seattle Sounders have changes at right back and in the attacking band. Clint Dempsey is returning to the field. Gustav Svensson, as the third right back option, replaces now-Atlanta-United defender Tyrone Mears.

¡¡¡SOUNDERS CAMPEONES!!!

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• De estar casi eliminados en agosto a la cima de la MLS en diciembre • Sin goles en 120 minutos, la final de la Copa MLS se decidió en tiros a penal • Stefan FREI le quitó un gol a Jozy ALTIDORE en el minuto 108 (video) • Román TORRES en el partido de su vida hizo el penal de la victoria (video) Hace .

Four Seattle-Toronto connections you probably knew, and five more you likely didn’t

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Everyone knows that Toronto FC cut Herculez Gomez unceremoniously late in preseason. Then Herc wanted to go to only one team, it happened to be the team that wanted him, Seattle Sounders FC. That is not the only connection between Seattle and Toronto, though, and some of them are downright odd.

Let's hit the other TFC-SSFC connections you probably know.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, Western Conference Finals, leg 2: Player Ratings

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Seattle flipped the script in their away game against Colorado, and managed a 1-0 win against the Rapids. Pulling a page from their opponents' playbook, the away side absorbed pressure repeatedly, forcing the home team into hopeful, speculative shots. Seattle took advantage of a break to score a huge away goal.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, leg 1: Player ratings

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Seattle came away with a 2-1 victory over Colorado on Tuesday, but it's likely both teams will think they are in good shape heading to Sunday's game in Colorado. Seattle outplayed their opponents, and scored two deserved goals, but it was the Rapids who managed a vital early away goal that put them in a good position to advance with a decent showing at home.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas, leg 2: Player ratings

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Whew. Good thing we had a 3-0 cushion going into the second leg of the series. The Sounders used this advantage well, coming out smart and compact and forcing Dallas to chase the game. With just the right amount of counterattack and an ever-dependable defense, the Seattle team advanced with a 1-2 "win".

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting KC, player ratings: All hail Stefan Frei

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Sounders goalkeeper made a season-high seven saves in a shutout.

Whew. That was something, huh? The Sounders' 1-0 win had everything – plenty of shots, lots of open play, crushing tackles, dramatic refereeing, and a late winner for the home team. Sporting Kansas City has always been a tough matchup for Seattle, and their style of negative soccer just tends to frustrate the Sounders attempts to play a bit more free-flowing game.

Valdez, su primer gol fue para eliminar a Kansas City

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Todo cambia. Sí, en el fútbol todo cambia cuando menos lo esperas. Si no, preguntenle a Nelson VALDEZ como su gol al minuto 88 ha catapultado en el 1-0 de los Seattle Sounders sobre el Sporting Kansas City, suficiente para clasificar a las semifinales de la Conferencia Oeste contra el FC Dallas. En un partido intenso y complicado que se destinaba a tiempo extra, VALDEZ .

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Player Ratings

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After predicting a road win in Dallas, I looked pretty smart for almost 80 minutes. Unfortunately, a combination of poor play, missing players, and some suspect refereeing combined to see the mighty Sounders drop points in a game that they led, a first for the Schmetzer era. A resilient Dallas team that demonstrated, in the second half, why they are in the driver's seat for the Supporters shield, earned the 1-2 final score.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Player ratings

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Watch out MLS! The Seattle Sounders have won four in a row to charge up the standings and present a solid argument for top team in the league. After a hard-fought 2-1 win in Vancouver it is apparent we are a resilient club. Missing Dempsey, Lodeiro, Ivanschitz, and losing Fernandez early were only speed bumps as once again Seattle overcame a deficit and persevered to grind out a positive result.

Seattle Sounders vs. Chicago Fire: Player ratings

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Right now the Seattle Sounders are playing good soccer and getting results on the back of multi-faceted play. This match featured strong defense and a set piece goal, and the 1-0 win against the Chicago Fire means that for the first time all year the good guys are above the red line. Although at times it wasn't pretty and there were some nervy moments, this team did what good teams do — grind out necessary points when under pressure.

Dempsey, Roldán destruyen a los Timbers

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Vencer a Portland con tres goles en casa no pudo ser en mejor momento para los Seattle Sounders. De eso se encargaron Clint DEMPSEY y Cristian ROLDÁN, quienes junto a Jordan MORRIS hicieron trizas a los Timbers al superarlos 3 1 ante 53,302 aficionados en el CenturyLink Field. Seattle alargó su racha invicta a cuatro partidos desde el 31 de julio y pudo vengar .

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Player ratings

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Seattle's road woes continue against an opportunistic Dallas team.

WHOMP. That's the sound of the wind being knocked out of the Seattle Sounders, who took a gut punch from Dallas with another dreadful start to a road match. Losing by a score line of 0-2 against FC Dallas was rough, but what's worse is the doubts that have plagued this team all season were back in full force following the loss.

Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"We adjusted well once we realized that [Dallas' speed] was one of the issues. Still giving up two goals and coming up empty handed... It hurts." -Stefan Frei

A dominating road win over a top Western Conference foe would have gone a long way to calm worried minds among Seattle Sounders fans, but it wasn't meant to be.

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes player ratings: Friberg is MOTM

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The Swede takes the top spot from Realio and the community in his return to the starting lineup.

There was a lot to like this weekend. A 2-0 win against a San Jose Earthquakes team that has really had our number, the return of more attacking play, dominant defense again earning a shutout (against a team that hadn't been shutout in 23 games), and a glimpse of what this team truly is working to be.

Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Player ratings

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A Sounders team on an unbeaten streak takes on a tough Rapids side, fails miserably.

So much for streaks. So much for playing well. This week the mighty Seattle Sounders came crashing back down to earth after a promising stretch by losing on the road to the Colorado Rapids 1-3. This isn't the old Colorado team we are used to rolling over, though, this is a team that is 4-0 at home and has played strong attacking soccer all season.

Clint Dempsey

Plenty of encouraging signs in Sounders’ season-opening loss

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Joevin Jones' starring performance and Clint Dempsey playing 90 minutes two huge positives.

Of all the ways the Seattle Sounders hoped to begin their title defense, I think it can safely be said that the first half of Saturday's game was not one of them. The Sounders were roundly outplayed, looked sluggish and frankly like a team that wasn't quite ready to play meaningful matches.

Dynamo drop defending champion Sounders to open MLS season

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Seattle Sounders’ defense of the Major League Soccer championship got off to a rocky start on Saturday as they fell 2-1 to the aggressive Houston Dynamo.

Houston, who finished last season at the bottom of the Western Conference, gave no quarter to the defending champions.

Dynamo drop defending champion Sounders to open MLS season

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Seattle Sounders’ defense of the Major League Soccer championship got off to a rocky start on Saturday as they fell 2-1 to the aggressive Houston Dynamo.

Houston, who finished last season at the bottom of the Western Conference, gave no quarter to the defending champions.

Starting XI against Crew is near full strength

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Stefan Frei, Osvaldo Alonso and Clint Dempsey all among questionable players that start.

There are only two less-than-ideal starters in Saturday's lineup against the Columbus Crew SC. Gustav Svensson is filling in for the still-injured Brad Evans and Will Bruin is in for Jordan Morris, who is out with a minor ankle sprain described as not "serious or long-term.

Second day practice observations

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Yes, we have your daily Clint Dempsey update too

Day two in Soundersville started out much the same as the first, except without the number of fans at Starfire. Warmups were done in lines and players' preferred groups began to emerge. It will be interesting to see what happens when the missing players return.

Cristian Roldan

Yachtcon II: Photo Gallery

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Panelists and ascots, but no butt tattoo photos. Probably a good thing.

Yachtcon II is in the books. Together, the community of Nos Audietis listeners and Sounder at Heart readers raised about five grand for the Seattle Children's Hospital Autism Center.

Haven't finalized everything but it looks like we'll hit our $5,000 goal for @seattlechildren autism center from #yachtcon.

Yachtcon II: Everything you need to know

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The premier yacht-themed event in the Pacific Northwest returns for a sequel on Sunday.

The YachtCon II is just a couple days away and we've pretty much finalized the details. In case you were waiting until you knew more, you no longer have to.

The Basics

Who: There will be two main panels, one featuring the Seattle Reign and the other featuring the Seattle Sounders.

Getting the most from the current roster

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This Ideal XI strengthens the squad without adding another player.

Hey guys, I know we are right in the middle of Copa/OpenCup excitement, but I have taken a look at how ratings compare to expectations over the first two-fifths of the season.

The Team:

As a team, Sounders' average overall score is 5.

San Jose Earthquakes

Chris Wondolowski taps it to get San Jose early lead

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After a horrid attempted clearance by Tyrone Mears the ball falls into space where Jordan Stewart could cut it back into the area. Chris Wondolowski finished the simple shot from the center and top of the six.

San Jose Earthquakes have dominated possession early in the match. Seattle is not creating going forward, and their defense is defined by Stefan Frei's dominance defending set-pieces.

Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Community player ratings form

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The Earthquakes are a much less terrible team to play than they used to be. No longer the Goonies or the Bash Brothers, under Dominic Kinnear the 'Quakes are more akin to a regular soccer team. However, the Sounders dispatched them at home, as they should, and a two-game home stand is successful for Seattle.

Travis Worra

Fantasy Focus: Tell your girl like Doritos that's Nacho cheese

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After a little slump, he's back with a vengeance

As we prepare for another double game week, Amish Rakefighters led this round with a score of 92 points. Captain Didier Drogba (MTL, $11.8) led the team with 32 points, aided by a goal and two assists, while his teammate, Ignacio Piatti ($10.

Fantasy Focus: A Spanish Villa in New York

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The DGW comes good.

Our overall leader also led the round, as !BL4CKnRED-2014Champ took advantage of the double game weeks to score 129 points. David Villa (NYC, $11.4) wore the armband and scored 42 points on two goals. Lee Nguyen (NE, $11.2) tallied two assists and 17 points, while Diego Valeri (POR, $10.

The Rest

2016 Player Profile #3: Stefan Frei

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The MLS Cup was his seventh major trophy. He was also the MVP of the game.

Stefan Frei's 2016 and MLS Cup performaces entered him into the United States goalkeeper picture. His citizenship is nearly finished and then he will make the switch. Now entering his fourth season with the Seattle Sounders, the 30-year-old is approaching the peak age period for high-end keepers.

Major Link Soccer: Bob Bradley continues talks with LAFC

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It's starting to look likely. Also, lots of 2017 MLS kits to ogle, and can Atlanta United FC stop unwanted chants before they start?

Seattle

Celebrating Brian Schmetzer is always a good idea in our opinion, and Washington State Legends of Soccer seems to agree. February 28 at the Market Arms in Ballard, you can attend "Brian Schmetzer: This is your life.

Stefan Frei injury update: Goalkeeper days away from full return

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Recovery from ankle injury appears to be progressing faster than expected.

A bit of a chill was sent through the spines of Seattle Sounders fans when it was revealed that Stefan Frei was sent home early from United States National Team training camp with an ankle injury. Those concerns ramped up a few days later when GM Garth Lagerwey suggested the injury may be serious enough for him to miss most, if not all of preseason.

Injury forces Stefan Frei to leave USMNT camp early

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The Sounders goalkeeper has his first action with the US cut short.

Stefan Frei has had to withdraw from his first United States National Team camp after suffering a sprained ankle, US Soccer announced today. LA Galaxy ‘keeper Brian Rowe has replaced the Swiss-born Sounder in Bruce Arena's squad.

Dallas tallies another through Urruti in the 56th

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Just minutes after the Sounders evened up tonight's score, FC Dallas managed to get the ball into Stefan Frei's net again. A deep cross wasn't dealt with by the Sounders' defense, going right to an unmarked Mauro Rosales near the far post; the former Sounder headed it back across goal and right to Maximiliano Urruti, who headed the ball (unchallenged) past Frei and into the corner.

There's now a Sounders shirt in Sonics colors

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Is it "too soon"?

Fashion-minded soccer fans are surely well aware of Mitchell & Ness. They're a clothing maker who specialize is "nostalgia" style. You've probably seen a few of their pieces being warn by the likes of Stefan Frei.

While their past offerings have been nice enough, their latest are sure to get some attention, for better or worse.

Sounders vs. Columbus Crew: Community player ratings form

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Another home win for the Seattle Sounders, and crisis is averted, for now. While Seattle dodged a salvo of bullets in the first half, the team came out in the second 45 and brought the match to Columbus.

How did Zach Scott do in place of captain Brad Evans? How about the Honey Badger and Mini Badger ranging all over the midfield?

Today is Seattle's GiveBig match supporting area nonprofits

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As part of the Seattle Foundation's GiveBig day, which is Tuesday, May 3, today against Columbus is officially the GiveBig match for the Sounders. Whenever a Sounder scores today, the club and the Adrian Hanauer Foundation will donate $5,000 to that player's Seattle-area nonprofit of choice. If the Sounders earn a clean sheet, the donation will go to Stefan Frei's nonprofit.