Stefan Frei

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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.

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Player ratings

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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.

Seattle Sounders vs. Atlanta United: Player ratings

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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.

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.

Clint Dempsey

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.

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.

Houston Dynamo

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.

MLS Cup

Was Stefan Frei’s MLS Cup save ‘perfect’?

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Sounders goalkeeping coach Tommy Dutra thinks it was.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Tommy Dutra has watched "The Save" countless times. The Seattle Sounders goalkeeping coach makes a living finding faults in otherwise stellar plays. He looks for elements that could be better, a slightly sharper read of the play, a more efficient use of the goalkeeper's body, better control of the rebound.

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.

New England Revolution

Revs 3, Sounders 3 - Seattle Caps Wild Second Half Comeback to Draw New England

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Soccer is good. Soccer is bad. Soccer is fun. Soccer is the worst.

They say that every road point is a good road point. After tonight's game, there might be a little room to debate that statement.

The New England Revolution scored the first three goals of the game before the Seattle Sounders answered late with three of their own capping a wild and crazy contest from Century Link Field.

Communication is key as Sounders return to Seattle

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There's no place like home—but it gets a little loud here.

The Seattle Sounders, who played five of their first seven matches of the 2017 season on the road, get to come home for the first of two straight matches at CenturyLink Field this weekend. They're set to face the New England Revolution, hoping to replicate the form they had in LA last week.

The Rest

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.

Seattle

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.

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

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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.

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

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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. He just slipped away from defenders twice in the box to head it past Stefan Frei, breaking Seattle hearts.

Stefan Frei wants the Sounders to dominate Vancouver’s will

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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.

Fantasy Focus: Houston, we have a ProbLAm

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Another week, another split

It was ShowtimeJR who led the round with a score of 84 points. Erick Torres (HOU, $8.7) wore the armband and scored 32 points with a hat trick to lead the team. Kevin Molino (MIN, $9.9) added a goal to two assists for 15 points, and Diego Valeri (POR, $10.3) scored a goal and 10 points.

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.