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SBI MLS Cup Man of the Match: Stefan Frei

Dec 10, 2016; Toronto, Canada; Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei (24) jumps at a shot on goal during the first half against the Toronto FC in the 2016 MLS Cup at BMO Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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TORONTO — Stefan Frei said on Wednesday that he needed to make sure he stays warm. Frigid weather was on the forecast for the MLS Cup final, and the Seattle Sounders goalkeeper needed to be ready for anything Toronto FC could throw his way.

Whatever he did worked as he made seven saves during regulation and extra time — including a spectacular one in the 108th minute on a header from Jozy Altidore — before making another in the penalty kick shootout to help the Sounders claim their first MLS Cup in the team history.

Facing a Toronto FC squad that dictated the pace of the match and applied heavy pressure in the attacking third, Frei had a significantly busier night than his counterpart, Clint Irwin, who didn’t have to make a single save during open play.

In the second round of the shootout, Frei made a save on a poorly taken penalty by Michael Bradley before Justin Morrow hit the crossbar in the first sudden-death round to make way for a Roman Torres conversion to seal it.

Frei earned SBI MLS Cup Man of the Match honors by beating out teammates Osvaldo Alonso and Roman Torres and Toronto’s Michael Bradley and Sebastian Giovinco.

What did you make of Frei’s performance? Who was your pick for man of the match?

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