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|August 31, 2000||
Liverpool goalie for US squad
Also midfielder Sasha Victorine, who is in his first season with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer (MLS), was brought in to replace Chris Armas, who suffered a knee injury in the Americans' 7-0 win over Barbados in a World Cup qualifier this month.
"Obviously, I'm very disappointed that Chris and Adin won't be joining us in Sydney," said U.S. Under-23 coach Clive Charles.
"But we're bringing in a world-class keeper in Brad and a versatile midfielder in Sasha," said Charles, a Londoner who played for West Ham United in the English First Division in the 1970s.
Charles made the announcement after learning Armas would not recover in time from a Grade 2 sprain of the MCL in his left knee, while Brown was dropped from the roster on Tuesday due to leg injuries. The Sydney Olympics soccer tournament begins in two weeks.
Friedel has spent the last three seasons with English Premier League club Liverpool and was named MLS goalkeeper of the year in 1997 when he played for the Columbus Crew. He also played for Turkey's Galatasaray in 1995 and was in the U.S. squad for the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.
Friedel is the second most-capped goalkeeper in U.S. history with 66 international appearances and started all three first-round matches of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics as an Under-23 player.
Victorine has made six appearances for the U.S. Under-23 team and has scored three goals in his first season with the Galaxy.
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