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Seattle Sounders have confidence in keeping duo Frei, Hahnemann

Despite their senior goalkeepers making a total of seven MLS appearances between them over the past two seasons, the Seattle Sounders are confident in their glovemen.

27-year old Stefan Frei came to the CenturyLink Field from Toronto FC this offseason after battling various injuries over the past 24 months while 41-year old Marcus Hahnemann is the league's oldest player.

However, that has not dented the hopes of Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid and goalkeeping coach Tom Dutra who are showing plenty of confidence in the pair.

"I've seen Stefan play for a long time, going all the way back to his college days, and I just think he has a really good presence about him," Schmid told the Seattle Times.

Dutra added: "I feel like our goalkeeping corps is very strong again this year.

"He's (Frei) been unfortunate just to take some bad injuries at the wrong time the last couple years, but I've always liked him.

"I remember when he played at Cal, I liked him. I liked him in 2009 when he was coming out to the combine."

Frei and Hahnemann will be working together in the lead-up to the Sounders first game of the 2014 MLS season against reigning MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City on March 8.

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