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Brad Friedel prepared well for coaching career

By Mike Woitalla

Less than a year after ending his 23-year professional career, goalkeeper Brad Friedel has been named head coach of the U.S. U-19 men’s national team.

That’s a quick rise in the coaching ranks, but the 44-year-old has been preparing for quite a while.

Friedel, a member of two U.S. Olympic and three World Cup squads -– he saved two penalty kicks during the USA’s 2002 World Cup quarterfinal run –- and an English Premier League record-holder with 310 consecutive starts in goal, spent his summers back in his home state of Ohio training young goalkeepers.

In 2006, Friedel broke ground on a youth academy in Ohio designed to provide cost-free training and residency for young players. “Soccer in America,” he said at the time, “is a mid- to upper-class sport. I want to change that.”

Friedel’s intentions were fantastic but the timing wasn’t. The Great Recession hit just as the Premier Soccer Academies’ launched in 2007, and the facility closed in 2009. The good news is that while Friedel was playing another six years of pro ball in England, MLS clubs began fully funding their youth academies.

At Tottenham Hotspur, his final EPL club after stints with Aston Villa, Blackburn and Liverpool, Friedel began coaching in its youth academy. He also started his UEFA A License course, which he completed in September of 2014.

Friedel began assisting with U.S. youth national teams last year and served as an assistant to Tab Ramos at the U-20 World Cup.

"I look forward to the opportunity to help develop our young players into professionals and full internationals," said Friedel. "The last four years I have focused my coaching at the academy and development levels, and I'm excited to work with the entire group of committed youth national team staff members to increase our levels of development here in the United States."

Further reading: Omid Namazi named head coach of the U-18 men’s national team

Youth National Team Rosters: First Camps of 2016

U.S. U-20 WOMEN START WORLD CUP PREP: Coach Michelle French brought 26 players into the U.S. U-20 women’s national team's first camp of 2016, Jan. 3-10 in Carson, Calif. French is preparing for the Papua New Guinea-hosted U-20 Women's World Cup (Nov. 13-Dec. 3), for which the USA qualified in December while winning the U-20 Concacaf championship. French’s first camp since qualification includes college players who weren’t available for the qualifying tournament, which conflicted with the NCAA playoffs. Twenty of the 26 are collegians. The 20-player roster for the qualifying tournament comprised of eight collegians and 12 high-schoolers.

“The first couple camps we’ll revisit college players who were with us,” said French. “And we saw a number of players bubble up during the college season, so it’s only right to give those players an opportunity to come in and fight for roster spot.”

Among those not in camp are 17-year-old Mallory Pugh, who captained the USA in U-20 World Cup qualifying and was the tournament’s leading score and MVP, and Ashley Sanchez, who scored three goals -- including the gamewinner in the 1-0 final win over Canada -- and had five assists in qualifying. Pugh has been called into Coach Jill Ellis full national camp for Olympic qualifying preparation while Sanchez is back with the U-17s, who are gearing up for U-17 World Cup qualifiers.

U.S. U-20 women's national team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC; Norfolk; Mass.), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.).
DEFENDERS (9): Julia Ashley (Univ. of North Carolina; Verona, N.J.), Alana Cook (Stanford Univ.; Far Hills, N.J.), Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Shannon Horgan (Clemson Univ.; Long Beach, N.Y.), Natalie Jacobs (Notre Dame Univ.; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Taylor Otto (CASL; Apex, N.C.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.), Alex Thomas (Louisiana State; New Orleans, La.).
MIDFIELDERS (9): Savannah Demelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Dibiasi (Stanford Univ.; Littleton, Colo.), Kelcie Hedge (Univ. of Washington; Post Falls, Idaho), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Courtney Petersen (Univ. of Virginia; Canton, Mich.), Mayra Pelayo (Univ. of Florida; West Palm Beach; Fla.), Haley Pounds (Texas A&M; Spring, Texas), Parker Roberts (Univ. of Kansas; Leawood, Kansas), Shannon Simon (Univ. of Washington; Torrance, Calif.).
FORWARDS (5): Mimi Asom (Princeton; Fairview, Texas), Cecelia Kizer (Univ. of Mississippi; Overland Park, Kan.), Taylor Racioppi (Duke; Ocean Township, N.J.), Jessie Scarpa (Univ. of North Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Ally Watt (Texas A&M; Colorado Springs, Colo.).

U.S. U-20 MEN EYE 2017 WORLD CUP. Coach Tab Ramos has named a 36-player roster for the first U.S. U-20 national team camp of 2016. The squad, primarily players born in 1997 with the ultimate aim being the 2017 U-20 World Cup, will convene in Miami at Barry University and split for games Jan. 8 against local all-star team CASA and Weston FC of the NPSL. Opponents for games on Jan. 12 will be announced later.

U.S. U-20 men’s national team
GOALKEEPERS: Jonathan Klinsmann (Univ. of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown Univ.; Alamo, Calif.), Mason Stajduhar (Orlando City SC; Lithia, Fla.), Justin Vom Steeg (UC Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, Calif.).
DEFENDERS: Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; San Pedro Sula, Honduras), Hugo Arrellano (LA Galaxy academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Jonathan Bell (D.C. United academy; Rockville, Md.), Marcello Borges (Univ. of Michigan; Kearny, N.J.), David Burns (Sacramento Republic academy; El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Aaron Herrera (Univ. of New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Malcolm Jones (UCLA, Chino Hills, Calif.), Andrew Lombard (Northeastern Univ., Montclair, N.J.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire academy; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Miles Robinson (Syracuse Univ.; Arlington, Mass.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Diego Silva (Univ. of Maryland; Provo, Utah).
MIDFIELDERS: Amir Bashti (Stanford Univ.; Cupertino, Calif.), Joshua Doughty (Manchester United; Manchester, England), Cameron Lindley (Indiana Fire; Carmel, Ind.), Lucas Mendes (D.C. United academy; Arlington, Va.), Matt Olosunde (New York Red Bulls academy; Trenton, N.J.), Martin Salas (Univ. of North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), Yosef Samuel (Philadelphia Union academy; Philadelphia, Pa.), Evan Waldrep (Creighton Univ., Peoria, Ariz.), Eryk Williamson (Univ. of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.), Jackson Yueill (UCLA; Bloomington, Minn.), Alex Zendejas (FC Dallas; El Paso, Texas).
FORWARDS: Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Jeremy Ebobisse (Duke Univ.; Bethesda, MD), Sebastian Elney (Univ. of Maryland; West Chester, Pa.), Juan Flores (Houston Dynamo academy; Houston, Texas), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders; Des Moines, WA), Josh Perez (Fiorentina; La Habra, Calif.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic; Libertyville, Ill.), Abu Winter (Philadelphia Union academy; Newtown Square, PA), Isaiah Young (PDA; Berlin, N.J.).

U.S. U-17 GIRLS WORLD CUP QUALIFYING IN MARCH: Coach B.J. Snow called up 26 players for a Jan. 3-10 training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. The team is prepping for the March qualifying tournament for the 2016 U-17 Women's World Cup. The training camp roster spans three birth years, from 2001 to 1999, which is the age cut-off year for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup, hosted by Jordan next September. The Concacaf qualifying tournament, from which three teams advance, will be hosted by Grenada March 3-13.

U.S. U-17 girls national team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brooke Bollinger (Orlando City; Orlando Fla.), Laurel Ivory (Sunrise Sting; Surfside, Fla.), Katie Meyer (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.).
DEFENDERS (7): Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee Soccer Club; Brentwood, Tenn.), Izzy Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Emily Smith (De Anza Force; Los Gatos, Calif.), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.).
MIDFIELDERS (9): Ryanne Brown (Indiana Fire; Indianapolis, Ind.), Jordan Canniff (Richmond United; California, Md.), Emina Ekic (Javanon; Fairdale, Ky.), Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Jaelin Howell (Real CO; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Alyssa Poarch (FC Delco; Middletown, Delaware), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Taryn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas).
FORWARDS (7): Rachel Jones (Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Sophie Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colt Neck, N.J.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth, Ohio), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)

U.S. U-15 boys split against Florida clubs

During the U.S. U-15 (2002s) boys national team's final camp of 2015, Southern Californian Marco Ceja scored a hat trick for the U-15s “Red” squad in a 3-1 win over Weston FC while the U-15s “White” fell, 2-1, to Kendall SC in Sunrise, Fla. Ceja’s second goal was set up by NYCFC’s Giovanni Reyna, the son of Hall of Famer Claudio Reyna. Maui United’s Kawika Kelii assisted on Ceja’s first. The Central Aztecs’ striker completed his hat trick after intercepting a Weston clearance. Kayvon Gray of New Jersey club Cedar Stars scored the lone goal in the U.S. loss to Kendall. LINEUPS.

Around the Net

The U.S. Soccer Federation will launch a girls equivalent of the Development Academy, reports Charles Boehm, who writes that multiple sources have confirmed it's planning a fall 2017 launch and that an official announcement could come next month. The USSF launched the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in 2007. The U.S. Club Soccer-sanctioned Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) has served a similar role for elite players on the girls' side. SoccerWire.com: "Sources: U.S. Soccer set to launch girls’ Development Academy in 2017, likely relegating ECNL to second tier"

Ramona Giwargis reports: As workers for the NFL dug holes Monday in the meticulously groomed turf of a youth soccer complex next to Levi's Stadium, the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League added the mighty NFL to a lawsuit fighting the league's plan to use the fields for media broadcasts of Super Bowl 50. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Joseph H. Huber last week rejected the soccer league's request for a temporary restraining order but asked the NFL not to make "drastic changes" to the soccer fields until the issue could be heard in court on Wednesday. San Jose Mercury-News: "Santa Clara youth soccer league sues NFL as work begins on soccer fields"

3 comments about "Brad Friedel prepared well for coaching career".
  1. Ric Fonseca, January 5, 2016 at 9:31 p.m.

    Hmmm, interesting that Tab Ramos selected his boss's son as one of his GKs....

  2. uffe gustafsson, January 5, 2016 at 11:10 p.m.

    What you saying ric?
    Is it not always who you know to see how you play, how does anyone from no name club to get a chance to get looked at, especially if you live in a far away town. Your chances are very diminish.

  3. VIC Aguilera, January 6, 2016 at 1:15 p.m.

    Nepotism is alive and well in the USMNT U20. Maybe Donavan should coach that team.

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