Brad Freidel


BornMay 18, 1971


Bradley Howard "Brad" Friedel is an American soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. Friedel signed a contract with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) to play exclusively with the United States national team as it prepared for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. After being denied a work permit, a number of times, he completed a transfer to Liverpool worth £1.7 million in 1997. He made his debut against Aston Villa on February 28, 1998. He was signed to Blackburn Rovers by Graeme Souness on a free transfer in November 2000 after a work permit was secured. Memorable performances for Blackburn include playing against Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup Final in early 2002 when he was named Man of the Match. In a 2–1 win over Arsenal at Highbury. On July 27, Friedel signed a three-year contract with Aston Villa. He made his debut against Reading on August 2 at the Madejski Stadium and played his first Premiership match for Aston Villa on August 17, 2008. On 3 June 2011, Tottenham Hotspur announced that they had signed Friedel on a two year-deal. During the 2011–12 campaign, Friedel became the oldest player to make an appearance in the Barclays Premier League. Friedel is the third most-capped goalkeeper in U.S. national team history and gained his first international cap against Canada in 1992. He was the first choice goalkeeper for the U.S 1992 Olympic team. He also became the first keeper to save two penalty kicks during regular play in a World Cup finals tournament since 1974.
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