Brad Friedel - US National Soccer Hall of Famer now Sports Agent
This week on episode 18 of The Wormcast I get to interview a soccer hall of famer, Brad Friedel. Brad is one of the most decorated players in the history of soccer in the U.S. He's played for clubs on three continents including 18 seasons in England's Premier League where he's the answer to a trivia question. Most consecutive games played at 310.
How Brad jumped into the agent side of soccer after his time coaching the New England Revolution
4:30 How do soccer agents scout and recruit players?
9:30 How his experience being a player helps him on the agent side
13:50 Explaining the transfer system in soccer and how deals are made
17:45 FIFA's possible reforms to the agent business
19:15 MLS's growth and challenges with the player talent pool
23:00 Why finally the US Soccer system is producing talented young players?
28:00 Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic
30:40 Coaches that had a profound impact on Brad's career: Sigi Schmid, Bora Milutinovic, Graeme Souness, & Bruce Arena
36:50 2002 US World Cup team
43:25 Brad's most talented teams, teammates and opponents
44:45 Brad's time as a pundit in the UK and US
47:55 Why it did not work out as coach of the New England Revolution
51:50 On his hometown Cleveland Browns