Brad Friedel

Brad Friedel
Brad Friedel entrance Brighton v Spurs Amex Opening 30711.jpg
Friedel with Tottenham Hotspur in 2011
Personal information
Full nameBradley Howard Friedel
Date of birth (1971-05-18) May 18, 1971 (age 47)
Place of birthLakewood, Ohio, United States
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Club information
Current team
New England Revolution (head coach)
College career
1990–1993UCLA Bruins66(0)
Senior career*
1996–1997Columbus Crew38(0)
2000–2008Blackburn Rovers287(1)
2008–2011Aston Villa114(0)
2011–2015Tottenham Hotspur50(0)
National team
1992–2005United States82(0)
Teams managed
2016–2017United States U19
2017–New England Revolution
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bradley Howard Friedel (born May 18, 1971) is an American soccer coach who is the head coach of Major League Soccer team New England Revolution. He is a former professional player who played as a goalkeeper.

Friedel played 84 games for the United States national team between 1992 and 2005, and represented his country at three FIFA World Cup tournaments. He is the current holder of the Premier League record for most consecutive appearances with 310, a feat he achieved during spells at Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur. Until he was left out of the Tottenham team on October 7, 2012, the last Premier League games Friedel missed were Blackburn's final two fixtures of the 2003–04 season against Tottenham and Birmingham City, on May 10 and May 15, 2004, respectively.

Friedel is also officially Aston Villa's oldest-ever player, a record he set on February 1, 2011, by playing in the club's Premier League fixture away at Manchester United. Friedel's age of 39 years and 259 days surpassed the previous record held by Ernie Callaghan, who last played for Villa against Grimsby Town in April 1947, aged 39 years and 257 days.[2] Friedel's last appearance for Villa was on May 22, 2011, in a 1–0 home win against Liverpool, aged 40 years and four days.[3][better source needed]

On May 6, 2012, Friedel also became the oldest player to appear in a competitive match for Tottenham when he played in the club's Premier League fixture at Aston Villa, beating Jimmy Cantrell's near-80-year-old record.

Youth and college

Born in Lakewood, Ohio, Friedel grew up in Bay Village, where he attended Westerly Elementary School, Bay Middle School and Bay High School. Growing up, Friedel played several sports, including soccer, basketball and tennis, and excelled at all three. He earned Bay High's Outstanding Athlete of the Year award in 1989. As an All-State basketball player in Ohio, he was invited to try out as a walk-on for UCLA's basketball team in 1990. He began as a forward on his youth soccer team before moving into goalkeeping. Friedel graduated from Bay High in 1989.[4] In 2007, he was inducted into the Bay High Hall of Fame.[5]

Friedel played college soccer at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 1990, he kept goal for the Bruins to the NCAA championship. He was selected as the first team All-American goalkeeper in 1991 and 1992, and won the Hermann Trophy in 1993 as the top collegiate soccer player.[4] He played 66 games for the UCLA, all of which he started.[6] Soccer America magazine named Friedel to its College Team of the Century.[citation needed]

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