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Frei Earning Elders' Respect in Toronto

Count 23-year-old Toronto goalkeeper Stefen Frei as one of the few athletes these days who is happy to have stayed in school. "I know it's very important to be confident in goal and I decided I wanted to stay one more year (in school) and get that confidence," said Frei, who opted out of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft in order to remain at Cal.

Well, it must have worked, because over the course of 2009 alone, the TFC rookie has "replaced veteran Canadian international Greg Sutton, who was eventually deemed expendable and released, and last-year's backup, Brian Edwards, who has not seen league action this year."

"More than his solid statistics," which include a 1.57 goals against average and starts in 19 of 20 MLS matches, "Frei has shown poise that often surprises his teammates," writes the Toronto Star's Daniel Girard. "He's got a mature head on his shoulders," said TFC captain Jim Brennan. "When you play in front of him, sometimes you have to look around and remember how old he is. You think he's in his 30s."



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