New England Revolution appoint Brad Friedel as head coach

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The New England Revolution believe they've appointed some safe hands to the club's helm.

The Foxborough franchise named Brad Friedel the seventh head coach in team history Thursday. The 46-year-old is a legendary goalkeeper with 82 caps for the United States.

Friedel succeeds interim boss Tom Soehn, who stepped in when Jay Heaps' six-year reign ended in September. Friedel will be introduced to the media in a press conference Monday. His last role was spent overseeing the United States under-19 men's team.

"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," Revolution owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft said in a statement.

"We believe his playing and coaching experiences along with his commitment to compete at the highest level will allow him to be very successful in our league. 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."

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The Ohio native could've represented his country for much longer, but decided to turn his back on international duty in 2005 to add longevity to his career. At that stage of his playing days, he was establishing himself as a favorite at Blackburn Rovers following stints with Galatasaray, the Columbus Crew, and Liverpool. He left Blackburn in 2008 to join Aston Villa, and his first campaign with Tottenham Hotspur in 2011-12 marked the eighth consecutive season he didn't miss a Premier League match. He shelved his gloves in 2015 after three years providing backup for France No. 1 Hugo Lloris.

"He demands the best out of himself and his players and has a strong presence both in the locker room and on the sidelines, which is why we believe he is the best choice to lead the Revolution," general manager Michael Burns shared.

The Revs missed out on the MLS postseason for a second straight term in 2017, a slump following three consecutive playoff appearances which included an extra-time defeat to the LA Galaxy in 2014's MLS Cup final.