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Forget stats: Schmid thinks Frei smells like a keeper

For the first time in their history, the Sounders are heading into an MLS season without a goalkeeper who clearly projects among the best in MLS. However, coach Sigi Schmid said he pays no attention to Stafan Frei's 1.54 goals-against average over five seasons at Toronto.

"I don’t look at the statistics," Schmid said. "From day one when I became the head coach at UCLA I promised myself I’d always have good goalkeepers, and the one big thing that I look for is his presence: What kind of presence does a goalkeeper have? Does he look like a goalkeeper? Does he smell like a goalkeeper? Does he act like a goalkeeper? That for me is very important. … That’s the thing that I talk to Stefan about, and I told him that’s the thing that I’m looking for. And it’s really presence, how you command, how you control the situation, what you look like. Do you look like you’re in charge? Do you look like you’re in control? That’s really really important. And I think that Stefan has that, and I think that Marcus has that as well."