Stefan Frei

Stefan Frei (born 20 April 1986 Altstaetten ) is a Swiss football goalkeeper. Since 2009 he plays for Toronto FC in the top division in the North American Soccer, Major League Soccer (MLS ).


Youth and Amateur Football

Free wandered the beginning of 2001 to the United States of America, where he gained his first experience in the North American football at De La Salle High School in Concord, California. In his senior year he was selected by the High School Athlete of the Year for 2005. From 2006 to 2008 he played for the college team from the University of California, Berkeley, the California Golden Bears. Overall, he graduated from the Bears 47 league appearances in three years. In 2007 he was elected to the First Team All-American NCAA and thus named the best goalkeeper of the college season. In the season pauses during his studies completed six free games for the San Francisco Seals (2006) and 18 games for the San Jose Frogs (2007 and 2008) in the USL Premier Development League.

Things came shortly before his emigration to the side of Tranquillo Barnetta and Reto Ziegler to a use within the Swiss U- 15 team, as he stood in October 2000 against Scotland between the posts.

Professional career

After his involvement with the Frogs and the conclusion at the University followed with the MLS SuperDraft 2009, a further step towards professional football. When Draft free was ordered right in the first round as the 13th pick in the team of the Toronto FC after he was previously honored at the MLS Player Combine in 2009 as MVP. He pushed in his first professional season the Canadian national team goalkeeper Greg Sutton of the position and made ​​his professional debut at the opening round of the 2009 season on 21 March, in a 3-2 home victory over the Kansas City Wizards. That same season, he won with the team the Canadian Championship in 2009. Moreover, he came to operations during the CONCACAF Champions League 2009/10.


  • NCAA First Team All-American: 2007
  • Canadian Championship: 2009

Private / family

He is a 2nd degree cousin of the former captain of the Swiss national football team, Alexander Frei.