The Sounders begin their sixth playoff run in six seasons at 6 PT today at FC Dallas. But for all of Seattle's playoff history, this will mark the postseason debut for goalkeeper Stefan Frei, who spent his first five seasons with playoff-free Toronto.
Frei says he's looking forward to the experience:
"It’s great: my first time," he said after training Saturday. "This is usually the time I do the exit physicals and see what I can do in the off-season. It’s nice to still be playing soccer and actually play for something. We’ve achieved most of our goals so far this year, but we still have the big one still looming ahead of us.
On FC Dallas: They’re really good on set pieces. Michel is one of the best guys on set pieces in the league, if not the best. We have to limit the silly free kicks, that’s for one, and they have some pace up top, obviously.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid says he's confident in his keeper:
"He’s pretty even keeled," Schmid said. "I’m not too worried. There’s enough veterans on the team, enough guys that he’ll hang around with that will talk to him. And I’m sure if he does have butterflies, butterflies are a good thing. Butterflies and those nerves are a good thing. If you don’t have them, then you’re not alive. I’ve not worried at all."