At A Glance:
- Named the Revolution's seventh head coach on November 9, 2017.
- One of most experienced goalkeepers in English Premier League history with 450 league appearances over 17 seasons with Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa, and Tottenham Hotspur.
- Decorated U.S. international with 82 career caps and six FIFA World Cup appearances in 13-year senior career.
- Developed young talent with Tottenham Hotspur's academy, multiple U.S. Youth National Teams, and as head coach of the U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team.
- Appeared in a league-record 310 consecutive premier league contests and ranks among top 10 with 132 clean sheets.
- First-ballot inductee to the National Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class.
Brad Friedel enters his first season as Head Coach of the New England Revolution after his appointment to the position on November 9, 2017. The seventh head coach in club history, Friedel joins the Revolution following a decorated club career that spanned more than 20 professional seasons, including 17 in the English Premier League, and a 13-year international career with the United States Men's National Team.
Friedel, 46, joins the Revolution following two seasons at the helm of the U.S. Under-19 squad, during which he assisted with multiple other Youth National Team sides. He helped guide the Under-20 national team to the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship as an assistant under Tab Ramos. Friedel holds a UEFA 'Pro' Coaching License, the highest certification available, and began accruing valuable coaching experience in his final seasons as a player, assisting in player development at all levels of the Tottenham Academy.
The Lakewood, Ohio native established himself as one of the most distinguished players in American soccer history through a 22-year professional career, which earned him a first-ballot selection to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2018. After brief stints with Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray (1995-96) and Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew (1996-97), he joined Liverpool F.C. of the English Premier League, where he would thrive for the next 18 years as one of the England's preeminent goalkeepers. Between 1997 and 2015, Friedel made 450 league appearances in England's top flight with four clubs: Liverpool (1997-2000), Blackburn Rovers (2001-08), Aston Villa (2008-11), and Tottenham Hotspur (2011-15).
Friedel holds the Premier League record for most consecutive appearances with 310 and ranks third among goalkeepers in league history with 450 appearances, which is also the most games played in the league by an American. His 132 clean sheets and 771 saves both rank among the top 10 in Premier League history.
As a U.S. international, Friedel collected 82 international caps – the fourth most among American goalkeepers – and was a member of three United States World Cup squads in 1994, 1998, and 2002. He was the USMNT's first-choice goalkeeper for 2002 FIFA World Cup campaign, where he started all five matches and backstopped the team to a Quarterfinal appearance. In addition, Friedel represented the United States at two Olympic Games, having appeared at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
The only American to play for Liverpool in the Premier League, Friedel debuted for The Reds on Feb. 2, 1998, and made 25 league appearances before joining Blackburn Rovers in November 2000. He immediately helped Rovers earn promotion to the Premier League in 2001, before leading the club to a League Cup title in 2002. He was named Man of the Match in the EFL Cup title match, a 2-1 win vs. Tottenham, and is one of only three American players to win the tournament. Friedel ultimately made 287 appearances for Blackburn during his nine-year stay, the second most among goalkeepers in club history.
In 2008, Friedel joined Aston Villa, where he made 114 consecutive league starts and 131 across all competitions over three seasons. In 2011, he moved on to Tottenham Hotspur, where he would finish is illustrious career in the Premier League, but not before becoming the oldest player to appear in Europa League match and the second oldest player to make an appearance in the Premier League—a testament to his remarkable longevity and endurance.
Prior to his career in England, Friedel totaled 45 regular and postseason appearances in Major League Soccer with the Columbus Crew from 1996-97. A member of the inaugural squad in 1996, Friedel emerged as one of the young league's top shot stoppers in 1997, when he was selected to the MLS Best XI and named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.
Friedel played collegiately at UCLA from 1990-92. He led the Bruins to an NCAA Championship during his freshman season and collected a slew of accolades over his three-year tenure. In 1992, he was awarded the Hermann Trophy as college soccer's most outstanding player. He also earned a pair of first-team All-American selections in 1991 and 1992.
From 2015-17, Friedel served as a studio and in-game analyst for FOX Sports, focusing primarily on the network's coverage of Major League Soccer. He also previously served as an analyst for BBC, Sky Sports, and several other media outlets across Europe.