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Stefan Frei
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Personal information
Full name Stefan Frei
Date of birth April 20, 1986 (1986-04-20) (age 23)
Place of birth Altstätten, Switzerland
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Toronto FC
Number 24
Youth career
2006–2008 California Golden Bears
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 San Francisco Seals 6 (0)
2007–2008 San Jose Frogs 18 (0)
2009– Toronto FC 26 (0)
National team
Switzerland U-15
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 October, 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stefan Frei (born April 20, 1986 in Altstätten) is a Swiss soccer player who currently plays for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer.

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Career

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Youth and college

Frei moved from Switzerland to the United States in the late 1990s, attended De La Salle High School in Concord, California, and played college soccer at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2008, he was named to the All-Pac-10 first team and the NSCAA Far West All-Region team, and was also named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Season.[1] During his college years Frei also played with both San Francisco Seals and San Jose Frogs in the USL Premier Development League.

Professional

Frei was named MVP at the 2009 MLS Player Combine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, signed a Generation Adidas contract, and was drafted in the first round (13th overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by Toronto FC.[2]

He made his professional debut on 21 March 2009, in Toronto's first game of the 2009 MLS season against Kansas City Wizards[3], and soon established himself as the team's first choice goalkeeper.[4]

Frei was named Toronto FC Esquire Player of the Month for April 2009.

He played in 3 games of the 2009 Canadian Championship going 3-0 and ultimately making key saves in the deciding game that ensured Toronto FC would win by at least 4 goals on goal differential and their first trophy. [5]

Frei won MLS's Save of the Week for week 15 and then three times consecutively for week 24, 25 and 26 of the 2009 season.

International

Frei was a member of the Swiss U-15 National team. Frei has also said he is committed to the Swiss national team if called up in the future.

Personal life

Stefan is second-cousin to the present captain of, and all-time leading scorer for, the Swiss national football team, Alexander Frei, an accomplished striker twice voted Swiss player of the year, who currently plays for Axpo Super League club FC Basel.[6]

Honours

Toronto FC

Career stats

Team Season League Domestic
League
Domestic
Playoffs
Domestic
Cup1
Concacaf
Competition2
Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Toronto FC 2009 MLS 26 0 0 - - - 3 0 0 2 0 0 31 0 0
Total 26 0 0 - - - 3 0 0 2 0 0 31 0 0

Last Update: October 24, 2009.

1) Nutrilite Canadian Cup

2) Concacaf Champions League/Cup

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