Nov 9 (Reuters) - Former U.S. international goalkeeper Brad Friedel has been appointed the new head coach of the New England Revolution, the Major League Soccer team announced on Thursday.
Friedel, 46, takes over from Tom Soehn, who served as interim coach after Jay Heaps was sacked in September.
”Brad has been a leader throughout his illustrious career and is regarded as one of the most successful players in U.S. history with experiences spanning multiple continents, leagues, and levels of competition,” said Revolution Investor/Operators Robert and Jonathan Kraft in a team statement.
“His knowledge of the game, passion for winning, and experience working with players whose talents range from aspiring young players to the game’s most successful professionals will be great assets for the Revolution.”
General Manager Mike Burns was confident Friedel would be a success at the club.
“While Brad’s professional playing pedigree speaks for itself, it is his competitive character and commitment to winning that make me confident his incredible career as a player will translate to success here in New England,” said Burns.
Friedel is the second-most capped U.S. international goalkeeper with 82 appearances. He also holds the record for consecutive appearances in the English Premier League, starting 310 straight games between 2004 and 2012.
Friedel, who has worked at coach of the U.S. under-19 team since last year, said he was looking forward to the new role.
“We can’t wait to get started right away building this club for the 2018 season,” he said.
Friedel’s appointment at the Revolution came a day after former Aston Villa manager Remi Garde was announced as head coach of the Montreal Impact.
Reporting by Andrew Both in Tokyo; Editing by Peter Rutherford;