Brad Friedel appointed head coach of USA Under-19s

The former Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper is set to begin his coaching career after hanging up his gloves at the end of last season.

Seven months after retiring as a player, US goalkeeping legend Brad Friedel is ready to begin life as a coach.

The 44-year-old was named the first head coach of the newly-created US Under-19 national team on Monday and will make his managerial debut later this month when his side take part in the Copa del Atlantico four-team tournament in Las Palmas with matches against Spain, France and the hosting Canary Islands.

Speaking to US Soccer, the former Premier League stalwart said: "I look forward to the opportunity to help develop our young players into professionals and full internationals.

“The last four years I have focused my coaching at the academy and development levels, and I’m excited to work with the entire group of committed Youth National Team staff members to increase our levels of development here in the United States."

A three-time World Cup veteran, Friedel earned 82 USA caps between 1992 and 2005 and holds the Premier League record for the most consecutive appearances with 310.

The Ohio native first moved to England in 1997 to join Liverpool from local MLS side Columbus Crew SC and went on to feature in 450 top-flight games across spells at Anfield, Blackburn Rovers Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur, while also keeping 132 clean sheets.

Before retiring with Tottenham at the end of last season, the former UCLA Bruin gained his UEFA ‘A’ coaching license, while he has also served as an assistant with the US Under-20 national team and worked with players at Spurs’ youth academy over the past 18 months.

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