Jan. 7, 2009
BERKELEY - Former California goalkeeper Stefan Frei has been invited to the 2009 adidas MLS Player Combine as a member of the 2009 class of Generation adidas, the professional league announced today. This marks the fifth consecutive year that a Golden Bear has participated in the MLS Combine and Frei marks the first Cal player to be a member of a Generation adidas class.
The players who join MLS as part of the Generation adidas program receive unprecedented opportunities to develop their game and hone their skills at the professional level in Major League Soccer.
"This is a very special day for Stefan and the Cal men's soccer program," said Cal head coach Kevin Grimes. "Although he has one remaining year of eligibility, it is best for him to start his professional career now. Clearly, Stefan has been the best goalkeeper in the United States these past two years. There are a number of MLS teams with goalkeeping deficiencies, so the timing is perfect for him. We are very proud of him and look forward to having another Cal soccer alumni in the professional ranks."
Frei made the All-Pac-10 first team, the NSCAA Far West All-Region team and also named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Season. At the beginning of the season, he was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Award Watch List. Frei tied current Cal goalkeeper coach Henry Foulk for fourth on the school's all-time list in career shutouts in Cal's 3-0 victory over San Francisco in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He followed that performance with a season-best 11 saves against UCSB in the second round. Frei's goals-against average of 0.68 at the end of the regular season was a conference best and ranked him 22nd in the nation. He also led the Pac-10 in shutouts with eight and in save percentage (.829).
Frei will be the 15th current and active professional soccer player from Cal and the 10th player in MLS from Cal.
The annual MLS Combine will take place from Jan. 9-13 at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Previous Cal Players Invited to the MLS Combine:
:2008: Andrew Jacobson and Luke Sassano 2007: Eric Ebert and Steve Purdy 2006: Calen Carr, Eric Kronberg and Tyson Wahl 2005: Troy Roberts 2003: Josh Saunders