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.
Topics discussed: 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
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