FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – UCLA alum and Hall of Fame inductee Brad Friedel has been named the head coach of the New England Revolution, announced the club on Thursday. Friedel played for the Bruins for three seasons, is a two-time All-American and helped lead UCLA to the 1990 national championship.
Friedel, who still holds UCLA's school record for career goals-against average at 0.60, played goalkeeper for the Bruins from 1990-92 and helped UCLA amass a record of 50-8-7. As a freshman, Friedel was named the Soccer America Freshman of the Year, first-team All-Far West and UCLA team MVP while leading the Bruins to the NCAA Championship. The following season, he was named All-Far West and All-American. In 1992, Friedel received a myriad of awards, including All-Far West and All-America honors, UCLA team MVP, ISAA Goalkeeper of the Year and the prestigious Hermann Trophy, given to the nation's top collegiate soccer player.
Friedel was elected into the UCLA Hall of Fame in 2003 and was named to Soccer America's College Team of the Century.
Internationally, Friedel enjoyed one of the most accomplished playing careers in U.S. soccer history. In his 13-year international career, Friedel earned 82 career caps for the United States, the fourth most ever among American goalkeepers. He was instrumental in leading the USA to the 2002 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals, making all five starts in the tournament, and was on the U.S. roster for all three FIFA World Cups from 1994 to 2002. His stellar play led to his selection as the 2002 Chevy Male Athlete of the Year for U.S. Soccer.
Friedel's club career featured over 600 total appearances across all competitions, highlighted by 17 Premier League seasons. His 450 league appearances in the Premier League are the most ever by an American and third most among all goalkeepers. Among other notable achievements, Friedel also holds the Premier League record for most consecutive appearances with 310, and his 132 clean sheets rank among the top 10 in league history.