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MIAMI ? Brad Friedel, the former UCLA goalkeeper whose dramatic saves helped propel the United States to the semifinals of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup, announced his retirement from international soccer Monday. Friedel, 33, said he'd decided to step aside only after "a great deal of thought, consideration and discussion." He will continue to play in the English Premier League as the starting goalkeeper for Blackburn Rovers.

"Over 15 years I have played in three World Cups, two Olympic Games and 82 international matches," Friedel said.

"I have loved every minute of it, but feel now is the right time to end my international career.

"I have been extremely lucky not to have suffered any major injuries. However, over the past 18 months or so, I have sometimes been left feeling short of full fitness because of the strains of playing for my club and my country and the huge amount of long-haul travel involved."

Friedel's decision did not surprise U.S. Coach Bruce Arena.

"I've known about it for a while," Arena said at the University of Miami, where the U.S. team held its final training session before flying to Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, for Wednesday's World Cup qualifying match against Trinidad and Tobago.

"We had discussed it a couple of times. I told him to think about it. He feels very comfortable with it?. I think it's the right move for him to make."

Friedel's decision makes Kasey Keller the top goalkeeper for the U.S. and opens the door for two others, Joe Cannon of the Colorado Rapids and Marcus Hahnemann of Reading in England. Both were on the U.S. roster announced Monday.

Arena said Hahnemann, who starts for Reading, had earned the call-up.

"He's played on a regular basis, he deserves it," Arena said. "He clearly is ahead of our domestic [MLS] keepers at this point."

Friedel was a starter at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, but at his first two World Cups he was a backup. He claimed the starting spot ahead of Keller at Korea/Japan 2002, where he became only the second goalkeeper in history to save two penalty kicks in the first round of the World Cup and also earned the U.S. its first World Cup shutout in 52 years, a 2-0 second-round win over Mexico.


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U.S. National Team: The second-most capped goalkeeper in U.S. National Team history, his three greatest performances in a U.S. uniform have come against regional rival Mexico ... Continued to establish himself as one of the team's premier athletes in the months leading up the 1998 World Cup when he finished in the top five for the team in the 12-minute run, shuttle run, 40-yard sprint and vertical jump ... 2000: Has split the #1 goalkeeper spot with Kasey Keller, appearing in six games this year and earned a shutout (7-0) in the WC qualifying slaughter of Barbados on Aug. 16 ... 1999: A member of the bronze medal-winning squad at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico ... Pitched shutouts against Germany (2-0) and Saudi Arabia (2-0) during the FIFA event ... 1998: Earned his first World Cup action in a 1-0 loss to Yugoslavia, playing strong while surrendering a fluke goal in the opening minutes ... Started the first two games of the 1998 Gold Cup, leading the team to the semifinals by conceding only one goal ... Finished the year allowing just two goals in four appearances ... 1997: Excelled in the team's last three qualifiers, posting two shutouts as the team clinched its sixth appearance in the World Cup finals ... His scoreless shutout against Mexico in Mexico City, while the USA played the final 58 minutes with just 10 players, will go down as one of his greatest games, especially since the U.S. record against Mexico in Mexico City was 0-17-0 going into the game ... His 3-0 shutout of Canada in British Columbia clinched the USA's World Cup berth ... Tallied a 3-1-3 record in World Cup qualifying ... Started all three games of U.S. Cup '97 ... 1996: Posted a 3-2-2 record with the USA in 1996, including the 2-1 win over Costa Rica that clinched a berth into the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for France '98 ... 1995: Earned a victory vs. Nigeria (3-2) and shutout Colombia (0-0) and Mexico (0-0) en route to the U.S. team's first-place finish in U.S. Cup '95 and semifinal appearance in Copa America '95 ... Saved two penalty kicks in the USA's shootout victory over Mexico in the quarterfinals of Copa America ... Pre-1994: Backup goalkeeper to Tony Meola in the '94 World Cup ... Started 15 matches for the United States during 1993 and 10 in 1994 ... A mainstay in goal for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team, he was in the nets for the 1991 U.S. Pan American gold-medal team and started for the U.S. team in every Olympic qualifying match, including the USA's 2-1 upset victory over Mexico in Mexico City ... First Appearance: Sept. 3, 1992, vs. Canada ... First Shutout: Sept. 3, 1992, vs. Canada.

Professional: One of the highest paid soccer players in U.S. Soccer history ... Day-in and day-out, Friedel faces shots from some of the most deadly goal scorers in the game teammates Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler ... 1999-2000: Made two cup appearances for Liverpool, going 1-1 with a 2.00 GAA ... In League play prior to Jan. 1, 2000, he made two appearances, going 1-0-1 with a 0.50 GAA ... His last appearance came on Oct. 23 prior to the new year ... 1998-99: Shutout last year's double champion Arsenal's high-powered attack in the second game of the season ... Started 12 regular season games for Liverpool, and had a final season record of 6-3-3 with a 1.25 GAA ... 1997-98: Transferred to Liverpool, one of England's most heralded clubs, at the end of 1997 ... He was snubbed two other times by the English employment agency for a work permit ... Posted a 5-3-3 record in Liverpool's final 11 games of the season, assuring the club of a UEFA Cup berth ... After waiting five years, he made his debut in the English Premier League, starting for Liverpool, in their 2-1 loss at Aston Villa ... 1997: Named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, leading the Columbus Crew to its second straight playoff appearance ... Had the league's lowest goals-against average (1.21) and most shutouts (8) ... 1996: Signed with the Columbus Crew in July 1996, winning eight of the nine games he played in, posting four shutouts ... Led the team on an eight-game winning streak and into the playoffs ... Finished as a finalist (one of three) for the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award ... Won the MLS Player of the Month award for the month of September ... Had four shut-outs in nine games during the regular season ... 1995: Signed with Galatasaray in September of 1995, winners of 10 Turkish championships, and known for some of the most aggressive fans in international football ... Signed with Brondby of the Danish Super League in Spring 1995 after his appeal for a work permit to play for Newcastle of the English Premier League was denied ... Played in 10 games with Brondby in 1995.

College: Left UCLA following his junior season in which he was awarded the 1993 Hermann Trophy, emblematic of college soccer's best player ... A three-time All-American at UCLA, he started all 61 games he played, and helped lead the Bruins to the 1990 NCAA Division I Championship as a freshman ... In the 1990 NCAA final, he saved Rutger's third shot in a penalty kick tiebreaker which clinched UCLA's 1-0 victory, and in the semifinals he saved a penalty kick in the tiebreaker against North Carolina State ... Received Soccer America's Freshman of the Year honor in 1990 ... High School: Attended Bay High in Cleveland area where he was a three-sport athlete (soccer, basketball and tennis), earning 11 varsity letters ... An All-State basketball player in Ohio, he was invited to tryout as a walk-on for the UCLA basketball team in 1990 ... Awarded Bay High's 1989 outstanding athlete of the year award.

Personal: A student of the game, he is one of the most knowledgeable U.S. National Team players when it comes to international soccer ... Resides in Arlington, Ohio ... One of the best all-around athletes on the U.S. team.

National Team
Year Record GP/GS Min GAA SO
1992 1-0-0 1/1 90 0.00 1
1993 3-6-7 16/15 1,395 1.16 5
1994 1-3-6 10/10 857 1.26 2
1995 1-5-2 9/9 765 1.29 2
1996 3-2-2 7/7 630 1.57 0
1997 3-4-3 10/10 783 0.92 3
1998 3-1-0 4/4 360 0.50 2
1999 2-0-1 3/2 225 0.00 2
2000 3-0-3 6/6 570 0.63 3
2001 2-0-0 2/2 180 0.50 1
Total 22-20-23 67/65 5,765 1.03 21
Olympics
Year W-L-T GP/GS SV GAA Sho
2000 1-2-3 6/6 17 1.74 0
Total 1-2-3 6/6 17 1.74 0
Professional
Year Club GP W GAA SO
1995 Brondby (Danish Super) 10 - - -
1995-96 Galatasaray (Turkish 1st) - - - -
1996 Columbus Crew (MLS) 9 8 0.78 4
1997 Columbus Crew (MLS) 29 14 1.21 8
1997-98 Liverpool (English Premier) 11 5 1.45 2
1998-99 Liverpool (English Premier) 12 6 1.25 -
1999-2000 Liverpool (English Premier) 2 1 2.00 -
Total (MLS) 38 22 1.11 12
College
Year Club GP W GAA SO
1990 UCLA 21 16 0.56 10
1991 UCLA 21 17 0.66 10
1992 UCLA 19 13 0.58 10
Total 61 46 0.60 30
NCAA Champion - 1990

U.S. National Team: The second-most capped


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I am in total shock and very saddened by this news. Friedel has always been my favorite goal keeper for the National team. I was really hoping that he would stick around for the next world cup. It won't be the same without him.

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We Americans have gotten used to quality goalkeeping going back many years, but in my opinion, Friedel raised the bar. Not only was he a standout in WC 02, he was arguably the best keeper in the world in 03. He will be greatly missed.

ps. I will continue to watch Blackburn, and hope for continued success


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uh huh. You know you were a Kellar fan for years Ron. I liked Friedel from the old days when the U.S. vs. Mexico was a blood sport. Gosh, I am going to miss him.

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I am kind of shocked he has given up on international football at 33 he has still got at least 2 years left in him maybe 3. I thought he might have stayed on until the world cup in 2006 then moved retired from international football. HE will be a huge miss because he is certainly in the top 20 keepers playing in Europe I know that some Blackburn fans call him Superman due to his abilties.
He will be sorely missed for the USA.


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It always supprises me when talking to Liverpool fans that they are always complaining about their goalkeepers and yet they got rid of Brad Friedel and a lot of other.

In my personall opinion Brad Friedel is the best American goalkeeper that I know of and it always supprised me when Kasey Keller was picked before him.


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