Former U.S. international Brad Friedel was named head coach of the U.S. Under-19 Men’s National Team in January 2015.
A part of three U.S. World Cup squads, Friedel earned 82 caps for the United States during his 13-year international career, starting all five matches in the USA’s historic run to the quarterfinals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He is also a two-time Olympian, appearing for the U.S. at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and backstopping the side to a fourth place finish at the 2000 Sumer Olympics in Sydney.
One of the top performing U.S. professionals for more than 20 years in MLS and Europe, Friedel played for the Columbus Crew in MLS and at Galatasaray, Liverpool, Blackburn, Aston Villa, Tottenham and others. He holds the Premier League record for most consecutive appearances (310). Holding a UEFA ‘A’ coaching license, Friedel has previously served as an assistant at various Youth National Team camps and worked with players at the Tottenham academy.
Friedel played collegiately at UCLA from 1990-1992 leading the Bruins to the NCAA Championship in during his freshman year. Selected as a first team All-American in 1991 and 1992, he won the Hermann Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate player before leaving UCLA early to pursue a professional career.
Raised in the midwestern state of Ohio, Friedel lived in the north of England for more than a decade during his professional career before transitioning into coaching and TV punditry.