Stefan Frei made a significant positive step toward making his return ahead of Thursday’s decisive Western Conference finals match. The Seattle Sounders goalkeeper, who missed the first leg with a hamstring injury, was able to fully train on Wednesday.
“Stefan Frei is a tough kid and he will play if he’s ready,” Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer told the media. “He looked very sharp in training today.”
Assuming Frei is available, he’ll have a chance to go into the MLS record books. He carries a personal playoff shutout streak of 467 minutes, seven minutes shy of the record Kevin Hartman set with the LA Galaxy and Kansas City Wizards from 2005-07. The Sounders already own the team record for consecutive playoff shutout minutes with 557, but the last 90 of those were accomplished with Tyler Miller in goal. The last time Frei or the Sounders conceded a playoff goal was in the first leg of last year’s Western Conference finals against the Colorado Rapids, and they’ve only allowed three goals in their last nine playoff games.