SEA-TOR ConnectionsCurrent Sounders FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei joined Seattle in a trade on December 10, 2013, in exchange for a 2015 conditional first round SuperDraft pick. Frei made 82 starts in five seasons with Toronto after being selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. In five games against Sounders FC, Frei made 20 saves, posted two shutouts and allowed seven goals, going 1-3-1. Sounders FC forward Chad Barrett played three seasons (2008-10) for Toronto FC, scoring 16 goals in 65 appearances, including a tally against Seattle in 2010.
Already this week, both players have been asked about their Toronto connections:
FREIOn facing Toronto: “To be fair, we’re going to try to treat it just like normal game. Same thing for me: I’m going to prepare and focus on myself this week. Try to get better as an individual. And when the game comes on Saturday we’re going to try and play our game. Obviously they have some strengths that they added to our team, but we’re going to focus on our strengths.On if he will treat the game differently: No. I’m going to try to make it a normal game. I know pretty much every single guy on that team, but when that whistle blows, if it comes push to shove, I think I’m going to go through one of them if I have to. I have some good friends on that team, I know their qualities in and out, and I could even give my teammates some inside information there. … But like I said, once when the referee blows that whistle, it’ll be game on.”
On any complaints about his departure from Toronto: “No. I try to give my best in whatever I do, and they did the same thing over there in Toronto. I had some unlucky situations with injuries and whatnot. (Joe Bendik) stepped in at the right moment and did fabulous for them, so all power to him. I just have to do what I can control, which is work hard, show up to practice and try to get better, and it’s worked out for me. I couldn’t ask to be in a better situation than I am in now.”
BARRETTOn his time in Toronto: “I have very fond memories of Toronto, very fond memories of the stadium, the fans, the players — not so much the coaches, because we had one every year. It was just different every year. Aron Winter came in and he kicked everyone but four players out. Stefan knew three guys on the team from the year before. But the fans they treated me really well. The city treated me very well. It was one of the places where I probably regret the most not having more of an impact and not being able to do more and make the playoffs and give something back to that city. They definitely deserve something up there because they’ve been struggling for a while.”