Reports from America suggest that Tottenham’s 42-year-old goalkeeper has been interviewed for the post of Head Coach at Columbus Crew. The news broke on FoxSport that Friedel was one of the candidates being considered.
Friedel has been taking his coaching qualifications and has had very limited opportunities to play for Spurs this season, starting only two games – one in the Europa League and the Cup win at Villa.
This would be an opportunity for Friedel to take the next step in his career – an introduction into coaching and management in the US where he started his career. He played for Columbus Crew for two seasons in 1996 and 1997 before moving to the Premier League in England, joining Liverpool in 1997 where he spent three seasons.
Friedel is a highly experienced player having also played for Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Tottenham where he has made 60 appearances in all competitions since joining in 2011. He also made 82 appearances for the US national team. He made a record 310 consecutive Premier League appearances over nine seasons, only ending last year when Lloris made his League debut for Tottenham against Aston Villa at White Hart Lane.
If Friedel were to be appointed at Columbus Crew, it would mean him leaving Tottenham in January so Spurs would be on the look-out for an experienced goalkeeper to act as understudy to the French international captain, Hugo Lloris, who has replaced Friedel as first choice at White Hart Lane. The only other options at Spurs are Heurelho Gomes who has fallen out of favour and only played twice since losing his place at the end of season 2010-11 and the Scotland Under-21 goalkeeper, Jordan Archer.
The return of Brad Friedel to the US would be another coup for MLS Soccer with the current US Captain, Clint Dempsey, having returned to America with Seattle Sounders in last summer’s transfer window. Goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini also moved from Spurs to LA Galaxy a year ago.