1992 MAC Hermann Trophy Winner
Hometown: Bay Village, OH
In addition to winning the 1992 MAC Hermann Trophy, Friedel was selected as a first team All American goalkeeper in 1991 and 1992, was a three-time All-American, and was named to Soccer America’s College Team of the Century. He started all 61 games he played, and helped lead the Bruins to the 1990 NCAA Division I Championship as a freshman. He ended his UCLA career with 46 wins, a goals against average of 0.60, and 30 clean sheets.
Friedel is the fourth most-capped goalkeeper in U.S. national team history(82). He gained his first international cap against Canada in 1992 and was the first choice goalkeeper for the U.S. 1992 Olympic team. He made his World Cup debut in 1998 where he conceded one goal as the U.S. lost to Yugoslavia. Disappointingly, the US would not make it out of the group stages in the 1998 World Cup. However, he lived up to his growing reputation in the 2002 World Cup as the U.S. went on a surprising run to the quarterfinals. He also became the first keeper to save two penalty kicks during regular play (as opposed to penalty shootouts) in a World Cup finals tournament since 1974. Friedel retired from international soccer in 2005.
Friedel enjoyed a 23 year career playing for first-division clubs in Denmark, Turkey and England between 1995 and 2015. His 17-year Premier League career included stints with Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Tottenham. He made an incredible 310 consecutive Premier League appearances over an 8 year period which set the record in the Premier League. Friedel retired from soccer following the 2014/15 season with Tottenham and joined Fox TV to begin his media career while also finishing up his professional coaching license.