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12 Questions for Brad Friedel

U.S. Soccer asks national team legend and Blackburn Rovers keeper Brad Friedel 12 questions, starting with the Americans' performance in Germany, which he insists isn't as bad as it was perceived in the press. Friedel says the team's early exit had everything to do with the bizarrely poor opening performance against the Czech Republic, followed by the dubious, momentum-killing penalty awarded to Ghana in the team's third game. As for the Italy game, "I didn't see a whole heck of a lot bad in the Italy performance," Friedel said. So who should replace Bruce Arena? Friedel admits that he doesn't know, but "you're going to have to pay a heck of a lot of money," for a big name, and "whoever they do choose, they'll have to back him 150 percent." When will the 35-year-old Friedel retire? Three more years, he says, but for the moment, he's happy to remain in England with Blackburn. Friedel says the hardest shot in the EPL belongs to either Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink of Charlton or Patrick Berger of Aston Villa. Given the opportunity to change things in MLS, Friedel says he would change the whole league format by making it a single league from top to bottom, with the same competitions they have around the world. "I think it's ridiculous in all American sports that if you go through the regular season in first place, then lose in the first round of the playoffs you're not deemed the champion."

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