The Sounders have acquired veteran goalkeeper Stefan Frei from Toronto FC in exchange for a 2015 conditional first round SuperDraft pick.
Frei has not played much after breaking his leg during the preseason in 2012, being unable to supplant Joe Bendik in goal. He made one start in 2013 when Bendik was on suspension.
From 2009 through 2011, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Frei had started 82 games for Toronto.
“There were some tough moments mentally,” Frei told the Toronto Star before the start.
Frei, 27, was Toronto’s longest tenured player and is the club’s all-time leader in appearances across all competitions (99), winning four Canadian Championships. He holds a 1.54 goals against average.
“Stefan is a goalkeeper we have liked for a number of years,” said Sounders coach Sigi Schmid in a release issued by the team. “He is a quality professional who brings experience and leadership to the position. Adding Stefan at this point of his career was very attractive to us.”
Frei, a Generation Adidas product and MVP at the 2009 MLS Player Combine, was selected by Toronto FC in the first round (13th overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. He played three seasons for Cal, where he was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team, Top Drawer Soccer First Team, NSCAA First Team Far West All-Region and was on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch list in 2008.