Olympics: U.S. men's bios (goalkeepers)

Brad Friedel Position: Goalkeeper Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 202 Born: May 18, 1971 Hometown: Bay Village, Ohio College: UCLA Club: Liverpool (England) U.S. National Team: The second-most capped goalkeeper in U.S. National Team history with 66 international appearances, his three greatest performances in a U.S. uniform have come against regional rival Mexico ... 2000: Has split the #1 goalkeeper spot with Kasey Keller, appearing in six games this year and earned a shutout (7-0) in the WC qualifying slaughter of Barbados on Aug. 16 ... 1999: A member of the bronze medal-winning squad at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico ... Pitched shutouts against Germany (2-0) and Saudi Arabia (2-0) during the FIFA event ... 1998: Earned his first World Cup action in a 1-0 loss to Yugoslavia, playing strong while surrendering a fluke goal in the opening minutes ... Started the first two games of the 1998 Gold Cup, leading the team to the semifinals by conceding only one goal ... Finished the year allowing just two goals in four appearances ... 1997: Excelled in the team's last three qualifiers, posting two shutouts as the team clinched its sixth appearance in the World Cup finals ... His scoreless shutout against Mexico in Mexico City, while the USA played the final 58 minutes with just 10 players, will go down as one of his greatest games, especially since the U.S. record against Mexico in Mexico City was 0-17-0 going into the game ... His 3-0 shutout of Canada in British Columbia clinched the USA's World Cup berth ... Tallied a 3-1-3 record in World Cup '98 qualifying ... Started all three games of U.S. Cup '97 ... 1996: Posted a 3-2-2 record with the USA in 1996, including the 2-1 win over Costa Rica that clinched a berth into the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for France '98 ... 1995: Earned a victory vs. Nigeria (3-2) and shutout Colombia (0-0) and Mexico (0-0) en route to the U.S. team's first-place finish in U.S. Cup '95 and semifinal appearance in Copa America '95 ... Saved two penalty kicks in the USA's shootout victory over Mexico in the quarterfinals of Copa America ... Pre-1994: Backup goalkeeper to Tony Meola in the '94 World Cup ... Started 15 matches for the United States during 1993 and 10 in 1994 ... A mainstay in goal for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team, he was in the nets for the 1991 U.S. Pan American gold- medal team and started for the U.S. team in every Olympic qualifying match, including the USA's 2-1 upset victory over Mexico in Mexico City. Professional: One of the highest paid soccer players in U.S. Soccer history ... 1999-2000: Made two cup appearances for Liverpool, going 1-1 with a 2.00 GAA ... In League play prior to Jan. 1, 2000, he made two appearances, going 1- 0-1 with a 0.50 GAA ... His last appearance came on Oct. 23 prior to the new year ... 1998-99: Shutout last year's double champion Arsenal's high-powered attack in the second game of the season ... Started 12 regular season games for Liverpool, and had a final season record of 6-3-3 with a 1.25 GAA ... 1997-98: Transferred to Liverpool, one of England's most heralded clubs, at the end of 1997 ... He was snubbed two other times by the English employment agency for a work permit ... Posted a 5-3-3 record in Liverpool's final 11 games of the season, assuring the club of a UEFA Cup berth ... After waiting five years, he made his debut in the English Premier League, starting for Liverpool, in their 2-1 loss at Aston Villa ... 1997: Named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, leading the Columbus Crew to its second straight playoff appearance ... Had the league's lowest goals against average (1.21) and most shutouts (8) ... 1996: Signed with the Columbus Crew in July 1996, winning eight of the nine games he played in, posting four shutouts ... Led the team on an eight-game winning streak and into the playoffs ... Finished as a finalist (one of three) for the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award ... Had four shut-outs in nine games during the regular season ... 1995: Signed with Galatasaray in September of 1995, winners of 10 Turkish championships ... Signed with Broendby of the Danish Super League in Spring 1995 after his appeal for a work permit to play for Newcastle of the English Premier League was denied ... Played in 10 games with Brondby in 1995. College: Left UCLA following his junior season in which he was awarded the 1993 Hermann Trophy, emblematic of college soccer's best player ... A three-time All-American at UCLA, he started all 61 games he played, and helped lead the Bruins to the 1990 NCAA Division I Championship as a freshman ... In the 1990 NCAA final, he saved Rutgers' third shot in a penalty kick tiebreaker which clinched UCLA's 1-0 victory, and in the semifinals he saved a penalty kick in the tiebreaker against North Carolina State ... Received Soccer America's Freshman of the Year honor in 1990 ... High School: Attended Bay High in Cleveland area, where he was a three-sport athlete (soccer, basketball and tennis), earning 11 varsity letters ... An All-State basketball player in Ohio, he was invited to tryout as a walk-on for the UCLA basketball team in 1990 . Personal: A student of the game, he is one of the most knowledgeable U.S. National Team players when it comes to international soccer ... Resides in Arlington, Ohio ... One of the best all-around athletes on U.S. team. Tim Howard Position: Goalkeeper Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200 Born: March 6, 1979 Hometown: North Brunswick, N.J. College: n/a Club: NY/NJ Metro stars (MLS) U-23 Caps/Goals: 5/0 U.S. National Team: An intelligent goalkeeper who has the ability to make the big save when needed most ... (U-23) Has split time with Adin Brown in 2000, appearing in five of 11 overall games ... Posted a 1.00 GAA in his two starts in the CONCACAF 2000 Olympics Qualifying Tournament ... Started three of six games and recorded an opening round shutout in splitting time with Adin Brown to help the USA to a bronze medal in the Pan Am Games in 1999 ... Held Canada to just one goal in the bronze medal game ... (U-20) Posted a 1.20 GAA and one shutout in five international appearances in 1999 ... Started three of four games for the U-20s at the 1999 FIFA Youth World Championship in Nigeria, including an opening shutout of England on April 5, 1999, helping lead Team USA to the second round ... Allowed just 8 goals in 10 international matches in posting a 0.84 GAA and earning 4 shutouts in 1998 ... Held both Canada and Trinidad & Tobago to one goal each as the USA cruised to victory in CONCACAF qualifying ... Was named Outstanding Goalkeeper at the 1998 Paolo Valenti Tournament in Italy as he shut out Norway and allowed just one goal to Belgium helping Team USA finish in third place ... Made his Under-20 National Team debut on April 4, 1998 in a 1-1 draw versus Iceland ... (U-17) Member of the U.S. Under-17 National Team that competed in the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Ecuador ... Made his international debut with the U-17s against Honduras in 1994. Professional: Allowed just one goal and earned three shutouts in four consecutive starts for the Metro stars in July, 2000, filling in for injured starter Mike Ammann ... Has posted a 0.24 GAA in his four appearances through July 15, 2000 ... Made eight starts and posted a 1.58 GAA in nine appearances for NY/NJ in 1999 as the backup to Ammann ... Made his MLS debut for in a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids at Giants Stadium on Aug. 18, 1998 ... Signed a Project-40 contract and was allocated to the New York/New Jersey Metro stars on February 2, 1998 ... Passed up a collegiate career to played the 1997 professional outdoor season with the North Jersey Imperials (USISL), where he was the team's regular starter. High School: Played prep soccer at North Brunswick Township High School. Personal: Nickname is "T-Ho" ... Enjoys playing basketball ... Favorite player is Netherlands goalkeeper Edwin van der Saar ... Favorite kind of music is hip-hop.
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