Former goalkeeper and current New England Revolution head coach Brad Friedel had a pro career that spanned more han two decades. (Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports)
Former U.S. national team goalkeeper Brad Friedel has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, it was announced Thursday afternoon.
Friedel was informed of his election in the players category by one-time USMNT teammate Tab Ramos, already a member of the Hall. They were teammates on teams that competed in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.
The 47-year-old Friedel’s professional career spanned 22 years from 1994 through the 2015 English Premier League season.
He was a member of several English teams, including Newcastle United, Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur. He also performed for the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer in 1996 and 1997 and for Galatasaray (Turkey).
Friedel’s most memorable moments for the U.S. national side came at the 2002 World Cup as his outstanding play helped the Americans reach the quarterfinals before eventually losing to Germany.
The former goalkeeper made 82 appearances for the USMNT.
Friedel will be inducted into the Hall at its grand opening during Hall of Fame weekend Oct. 20-21.
Saturday, Oct. 20 will feature the Hall of Fame induction ceremony followed by a performance by the Grammy Award-winning band, Imagine Dragons, presented by Budweiser. On Sunday, Oct. 21, FC Dallas will host Sporting Kansas City in the National Soccer Hall of Fame Game.
NSHOF officials said on Twitter that there will be five announcements about the Class of 2018.
The schedule of Thursday’s announcements:
* Inductee 1 — 9 a.m. ET
* Inductee 2 — 11 a.m. ET
* Inductee 3 — 1 p.m. ET
* Inductee 4 — 2 p.m. ET
* Inductee 5 — 5 p.m. ET