Friedel's penalty-kick saving feats date back to his freshman year in college, when he helped UCLA win the NCAA Division I title by making saves in semifinal and final PK shootouts.
In 2002, when he saved Lee Eul Yong's penalty kick in a 1-1 tie with South Korea, it marked the first World Cup penalty-kick save (outside PK tiebreakers) since the 1990 World Cup.
Friedel was treated to a standing ovation by Blackburn fans after Tuesday's game, during which he stifled Sunderland's Dean Whitehead. Benni McCarthy's successful PK on the other end gave Blackburn a 1-0 win.
Blackburn is in ninth place.
Last season, Friedel saved two penalty kicks in one game - Blackburn's 0-0 tie with Sheffield United.
In Everton's win over Middlesbrough, Howard made a superb save on an eight-yard Gary O'Neil effort.