Player Details


Stefan Frei


6' 3"


196 lbs

Date of Birth

4.20.1986 (35)


Altstaetten, USA



Position Detail


Preferred Side


Roster Category

2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season


Career Summary

HOW ACQUIRED: Acquired from Toronto FC via trade on December 10, 2013 in exchange for a 2015 conditional 1st round SuperDraft pick.


When Seattle traded for Stefan Frei in 2013, he’d played a grand total of 90 minutes over the previous two seasons. All he did in Seattle was become one of the league’s best shot-stoppers and an almost immediate leader on a veteran back line.

He is arguably the author of the greatest save in MLS history, stopping a Jozy Altidore header in extra time of MLS Cup 2016 with a full-stretch parry. "The Save" was one of seven saves on the night by Frei who also made a stop in the decisive penalty-kick shootout on his way to earning MLS Cup MVP honors.

INTERNATIONAL: Frei has not appeared for the Swiss national team but did spent time in their youth national system with the Under-15s before moving to the US as a youngster. He's in the process of obtaining his US citizenship and earned a January camp call-up in 2017 before an injury forced him to withdraw.

COLLEGE: Frei landed on MLS radars after a wildly successful career at Cal. He’s still tied for fourth all-time in career shutouts for the school, and his goals-against average (0.68) and save percentage (0.829) were both tops in the Pac-12 during his All-American senior year in 2008.

NOTES: Attended De La Salle High School... Selected as an MLS All-Star in 2017... Drafted 13th overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by Toronto FC. 2018 MLS Save of the Year



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