Stefan Frei

Clint Dempsey

Surprise! There’s a Sounder’s match right now!

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Seattle takes on the Tijuana U-20 side in a pre-season warmup

The Seattle Sounders sprung a fine surprise on everyone this morning; they're kicking off the pre-season today with a friendly against the Tijuana U-20 side in Chula Vista, California. It's an interesting mixed lineup of certain and fringe starters, with Stefan Frei, Roman Torres, and Clint Dempsey all getting the call.

Fantasy Focus: MaraVilla

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Shame about the Metros

The leader this round was Sin City FC with a score of 104 points. David Villa (NYC, $12.0) scored a hat trick and 21 points, leading to a bitter defeat suffered by some team in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Clint Dempsey (SEA, $9.9) scored two goals and added an assist for 18 points, and captain Diego Valeri (POR, $11.

Clint Dempsey scores twice as Sounders down Rapids

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The second-leading scorer in U.S. Men's National Team history had himself quite the Independence Day.

Clint Dempsey scored the opener, assisted on the winner, and put the insurance goal in as a rest Seattle Sounders team waltzed into Dick's Sporting Goods Park and took down a tired Colorado Rapids side by a 3-1 score.

Cristian Roldan

YachtCon Prime: 100 percent pure insufferable

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It's back and better than ever.

Back in 2013 we had an idea: Why not invite a bunch of people to watch us record a podcast? A couple years later, we did it again, only this time we gave it a name: YachtCon. Then we did it again last year, with a bit more structure.

Now, we kinda hope to make this an annual event.

Lessons from MLS Cup: Sounders must start reloading now

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Degree to which Sounders were outplayed needs to be a warning sign.

TORONTO, Ontario — To say the Sounders were overwhelmed in Saturday's MLS Cup final rematch may not quite do the situation justice.

From almost the opening whistle until the bitter end, Toronto FC dominated. The 2-0 scoreline understated the degree to which they were the better team, as only several world-class stops by Stefan Frei kept it from getting completely out of hand.

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News roundup: Expansion draft, MLS Cup, and Stanford wins (again)

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Also: Ayuk on the move, new financial rules for 2018, and interesting moves in a half-day trade window.

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC, MLS Cup: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"The final game is what matters most, and we didn't come to play." -Cristian Roldan

Match Recap

SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 0 - Toronto FC 2

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Venue: BMO Field

Referee: Allen Chapman

Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Jeremy Hanson

Fourth Official: Kevin Stott

VAR: David Gantar

Attendance: 30,584

Weather: Clear

SCORING SUMMARY

TOR - Jozy Altidore (Sebastian Giovinco) 67'

TOR - Victor Vazquez 90'+4'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

TOR - Victor Vazquez (caution) 90'+5'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones (Nouhou 90+1'); Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson, Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Clint Dempsey, Victor Rodriguez (Jordan Morris 71'); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Tony Alfaro, Harry Shipp, Lamar Neagle, Jordy Delem

Total shots: 7 (Dempsey, 4)

Shots on goal: 2 (Jones/Dempsey, 1)

Fouls: 9 (Svensson/Lodeiro, 2)

Offside: 1 (Dempsey, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Lodeiro, 3)

Saves: 9 (Frei, 9)

Toronto FC - Alexander Bono; Steven Beitashour, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow; Michael Bradley - captain, Marco Delgado (Benoit Cheyrou 90+3'), Jonathan Osorio (Armando Cooper 85'), Victor Vazquez; Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore (Nick Hagglund 86')

Substitutes not used: Clint Irwin, Nicolas Hasler, Eriq Zavaleta, Tosaint Ricketts

Total shots: 22 (Giovinco, 7)

Shots on goal: 11 (Giovinco, 4)

Fouls: 3 (Beitashour, 2)

Offside: 1 (Morrow, 1)

Corner-kicks: 11 (Vazquez, 9)

Saves: 2 (Bono, 2)

Post-Match Quotes

BRIAN SCHMETZER – HEAD COACH, SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC

It seemed like especially in the first half Toronto was first to everything.

5 things we learned from MLS Cup 2017

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Here are the five things we learned from MLS Cup 2017.

1. Toronto Claims Its Place in History

It hadn’t been the easiest of journeys through the playoffs for Toronto FC, but on Saturday evening at BMO Field, they left no doubt as to their place as one of the best MLS team ever assembled.

Sounders squander epic Stefan Frei performance

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TORONTO For one of the few times in their nine-year playoff history, the Seattle Sounders were outworked, outplayed, and simply outclassed on Saturday afternoon.

Oh, and outscored.

The history books will show they suffered a 2-0 loss in the 2017 MLS Cup to host Toronto FC at a raucous BMO Field (once again packed and surging after so many lean years).

Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS Cup online

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The last game of the MLS season is a repeat of 2016's final. Let's hope for more goals this time.

At long last, the 2017 MLS Cup final is upon us, with Toronto FC hosting the Seattle Sounders in a rematch of last year's final. Same teams, same venue, but hopefully not the same game. In 2016, TFC smothered the Sounders, holding them without a shot on goal for 120 minutes only to be unable to solve Stefan Frei.

Sounders sense history coming, but they're focusing on Saturday's final

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The Seattle Sounders have a chance to do something few MLS clubs have been able to accomplish. They can become the fourth back-to-back MLS Cup champions with a win over Toronto FC on Saturday evening, joining D.C. United, the Houston Dynamo, and the LA Galaxy as the only teams to accomplish that feat.

Stefan Frei misses first leg with hamstring injury

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Tyler Miller will get his second start of the year.

Going into their biggest game of the season, the Seattle Sounders will be without one of their most important players. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's training session and was not deemed fit to start in the first leg of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday.

Stefan Frei moving into elite company among playoff goalkeepers

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Frei only finished third in MLS Goalkeeper of the Year voting, but that hardly seems to matter.

Since coming to the Seattle Sounders in 2014, Stefan Frei has established himself as one of the steadiest goalkeepers in MLS. Virtually, across the statistical board he's shown himself to be among the league's best.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Player ratings

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A solid defensive performance (and little more) across the board.

After Sunday night's playoff match between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders, there's plenty to debate about which team the 0-0 score line favored. But consider that Vancouver scored five home goals on an opponent just four days earlier, and we held them scoreless.

Despite road shutout, Brian Schmetzer wishes Sounders earned more in Vancouver

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In several ways, the Seattle Sounders got the job done on Sunday night. In Brian Schmetzer's mind, though, Sunday was a bit of a missed opportunity.

On the road and without several key players, the Sounders grinded out a 0-0 draw against the Whitecaps on Sunday in Vancouver. That result leaves it all to play for when the MLS Cup champions return to Seattle for the second leg, which is as much as many could ask for given the task at hand.

Sounders enfrían a los Whitecaps y tendrán que definir en casa

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Nada para nadie en el BC Place de Vancouver. Así terminó el primer partido de la serie semifinal de los playoffs de la Conferencia Oeste de la MLS entre Sounders FC y Whitecaps. Un empate sin goles que cada quien interpretará a su mejor manera de cara al encuentro de vuelta en el CenturyLink Field .

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Player ratings

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In a sea of strong performances, Nicolas Lodeiro most stood out.

Once again, the Sounders came out strong at home and thrashed the away squad. This week it was Colorado, and Seattle overcame an early Clint Dempsey red card to produce a convincing 3-0 scoreline. Even down a man for much of the game, Seattle was on the front foot all match.

Seattle Sounders vs. Philadelphia Union: Player ratings

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Clint Dempsey proved his importance coming off the bench.

The rollercoaster season of the Seattle Sounders continued, with an away loss to the Philadelphia Union the latest result in an up-and-down week. Losing 0-2 on short rest all the way across the country isn't incredibly surprising, especially in light of Seattle's lineup changes.

There is no Ideal XI

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Trying to figure out the perfect starting lineup for the rest of the season ignores that it will change every game.

The concept of the Ideal XI is platonic. It's like a perfect triangle. It only exists in our thoughts, our minds. As we so carefully craft strawmen as simulacrums of real conversation, we continue to ignore that the Seattle Sounders have more playoff-quality starters than they do positions on the field.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Player ratings

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An invigorated Lodeiro combined well with a new creative midfield partner.

Normally they would be happy with a draw on the road, but after dominating for much of the game, the Seattle Sounders are likely disappointed to leave Vancouver with a measly one point. Despite controlling much of the game and having over three times as many shots, Seattle didn't make use of a man advantage, conceding just four minutes after the red card, and then were unable to retake the lead.

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City: Player ratings

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Once again, Cristian bossed the midfield for the full 90 minutes.

After playing an overtime game with starters midweek, everyone knew that Sporting Kansas City would bring a less than first-choice starting lineup. We also knew they wouldn't change their tactics one bit. SKC came out and pressed, stayed compact in the back, and were generally uncreative in their possession.

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Player ratings

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The young midfielder played his best match yet in Rave Green against San Jose.

I was mentally prepared for a tough game on Saturday when the Seattle Sounders faced a tough San Jose Earthquakes team that always gives them trouble, especially when we were missing all three DPs and more, so it didn't surprise me when the Earthquakes started the match by controlling much of the play.

Sounders to celebrate Frei citizenship during halftime of Eintracht Frankfurt friendly

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"I'm looking forward to being an American and doing American things."

TUKWILA, Wash. — Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei recently became an American citizen, just in time for him to play in Tuesday's 3-1 win in Colorado, which also happened to be the Fourth of July. The club are helping Frei celebrate his accomplishment with a special halftime "element" during Saturday's friendly at CenturyLink Field against Eintracht Frankfurt.

National anthem has increased meaning for new US citizen Stefan Frei

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The "importance and weight of it [the anthem] shouldn't get lost."

A few weeks ago Stefan Frei swore an oath to become an American citizen. Tuesday's match against the Colorado Rapids was Frei's first time hearing his own National anthem on the Fourth of July, prior to a match.

For the Seattle Sounders keeper it was something special.

Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders: Player ratings

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Chad Marshall brings in Man of the Match honors.

I'll be honest: I don't care much for the Sounders/Timbers rivalry. It's played a lot, the fans are even more vitriolic, and the games just seem to bring out the worst in people. Add to that triple-digit temperatures and you had a recipe for disaster.

Andre Blake nominated for an ESPY

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The Philadelphia Union goalkeeper is up for MLS Player of the Year

Philadelphia Union and Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake is up for an ESPY for MLS Player of the Year. Voting started on June 21 and the award will be handed out on July 12 during the ESPYS. Blake is up against Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei, FC Dallas center back Matt Hedges, New York City FC forward David Villa, and New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips for the award.

Seattle Sounders vs. New York City FC: Player ratings

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Cristian Roldan proved himself to be the best swimmer in this ugly road loss.

Losing 1-2 on the road to a good New York City FC team is not a complete failure, but the Seattle Sounders were frustrated with the final result after taking a lead into halftime. Seattle is a finesse team that likes to keep the ball, work intricate passes, and utilize wide areas.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 13 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 13 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. The Once And Future King?

The Seattle Sounders held off the Portland Timbers to win the first meeting of the storied rivals in 2017 by a score of 1-0 on Saturday.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 13 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 13 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. The Once And Future King?

The Seattle Sounders held off the Portland Timbers to win the first meeting of the storied rivals in 2017 by a score of 1-0 on Saturday.

Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake: Player ratings

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After a ton of games where I thought the Seattle Sounders outplayed the scoreline, Real Salt Lake came to the Northwest this weekend and Seattle... outplayed the scoreline. The important thing is that it ended as a 1-0 win for the home team, and while there was plenty of regret for missed opportunities, ugly wins are wins too.

Seattle Sounders vs. Chicago Fire: Player Ratings

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Clint Dempsey had a good match, but the same can't be said for most of his teammates.

It's OK to play badly sometimes. Rough games happen. For whatever reason, this Seattle Sounders team is either much worse than everyone thought, or they are vastly underperforming. I tend to think it's the latter, but Saturday night was a pretty big vote for the former.

Stefan Frei takes home Save of the Week honors

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And, once again, it was Jozy Altidore he was robbing.

Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei has a knack for make exceptional saves against Toronto FC. During MLS Cup, it was "The Save" against Jozy Altidore that kept them in the game and eventually led to the Sounders first ever MLS Cup.

Last week, Frei made yet another exceptional save on Altidore.

Houston Dynamo

Monday’s reminder that the Sounders are in Western Conference Finals again

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Leg one isn't until November 21. We won't let you forget about the playoffs.

Making the Western Conference Finals is a signal for a pretty good year. The Seattle Soundersfinished 2nd in the regular season and are now assured of at least a top two finish in the West's playoffs.

The 2017 MLS All-Star team

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MLS announced the full roster for the 2017 MLS All-Star game. The league previously announced the starting lineup, determined by a fan vote. The rest of the squad comes from Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunovic and two picks from MLS commissioner Don Garber. The commissioner used those picks on two USMNT players who showed well during the Gold Cup group stage.

Sounders vs. Houston Dyanmo: Player Ratings

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Seattle won 1-nil, with defensive midfielder Gustav Svensson earning the Man of the Match from SaH player rater Realio. Chad Marshall earned the nod from the community.

The home game last Sunday night ended 1-0 to the good guys, and the Seattle Sounders dominated play for much of the game. The Houston Dynamo were contained by a strong Seattle defense that limited opportunities for the away side while creating its own chances throughout the game.

The Rest

Stefan Frei makes progress toward return

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Sounders goalkeeper gets through training session after missing first leg with hamstring injury.

Stefan Frei made a significant positive step toward making his return ahead of Thursday's decisive Western Conference finals match. The Seattle Sounders goalkeeper, who missed the first leg with a hamstring injury, was able to fully train on Wednesday.

Stefan Frei’s stop of Fredy Montero wins MLS Save of the Week

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Let's take a few more moments to appreciate one of the best saves of the season.

Stefan Frei's sprawling stop of Fredy Montero's free kick last week has officially been named MLS Save of the Week. It would, of course, have been an absolute tragedy if it had failed to win. So rather than celebrate the winning of a frankly meaningless award, I'm choosing to use this news as an opportunity to watch this absolutely amazing save again.

Stefan Frei receives U.S. citizenship

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There are still some hurdles to clear before he ever represents the U.S. Men's National Team, but Stefan Frei took a big step on Tuesday by becoming an American citizen.

Frei tweeted on Tuesday that he has officially passed his U.S. citizenship test.

Major Link Soccer: Is New York City FC the best team in MLS?

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MLSsoccer.com believes they are if you look at expected goals.

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Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei is up for Save of the Week. Frei made a wonderful left-handed save on Jozy Altidore's shot from the top of the box in the 40th minute.

Jess Fishlock of the Seattle Reign is up for Goal of the Week.