May 14, 2015
HANGING UP HIS GLOVES
Friedel announces retirement from soccer
LONDON -- Former U.S. international goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who backstopped the Americans to a surprising quarterfinal finish at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, announced his retirement from the game on Thursday, effective at the end of the season.
Friedel, who turns 44 on Monday, made his announcement on the Tottenham Hotspur website. He had been a member for the English Premier League side for the past four years, although he took a reserve role behind No. 1 keeper Hugo Loris in 2012.
ďIím incredibly proud of what Iíve achieved in my career. When I first started the journey I never imagined it would be this long, playing 23 seasons in total and representing some incredible clubs,Ē Friedel said on the Tottenham website.
Friedel, who made 82 international appearances, will become an analyst and co-commentator for Fox Sports and will also be Tottenhamís club ambassador in the states.
ďOne thing I will miss is that day-to-day interaction with the staff and players," Friedel said. "There really is nothing like it but my 44th birthday is here so I think it is a good time to call it a day.
ďIíve got some wonderful opportunities in front of me working for Fox TV and Iím completing my pro license. ... Iíve had a tremendous time here and met a lot of great people along the way."
Friedel's most most memorable moments came against archrival Mexico in two separate international competitions.
At the 1995 Copa America quarterfinals in Uruguay, Friedel turned in a stellar performance in the penalty-kick shootout as the Americans prevailed in the tie-breaker, 4-1, after playing to a scoreless draw.
At the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he helped an injury-ravaged USA register a stunning 2-0 triumph over the Mexicans in the Round of 16 in Jeonju, Korea. The Americans reached the quarterfinals, losing to Germany, 1-0.
Friedel performed in two CONCACAF Gold Cups, but never played for a championship team.
His extensive playing resume included stints with the Columbus Crew (Major League Soccer), Newcastle United, Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa (all England), Galatasaray (Turkey) and Brondby (Denmark).