Brad Friedel started his youth career at the University of California, Los Angeles where he stayed up until 1994 before looking for a professional club. After several failed attempts to be granted a work permit for England, Friedel's career in the early 1990es took him to Brondby, Galatasaray and Columbus Crew where he impressed each time. In 1997, he joined Liverpool on the back of being named MLS goalkeeper of the year. However, despite having some initial success at the club, he was relegated to the bench and only made 30 appearances in three years.
In 2000, he was signed to Blackburn by his former Galatasaray manager Graeme Souness on a free transfer. His consistent performances won Rovers promotion to the Premiership in his first season at the club. In 2002/03 he won the Blackburn Rovers Player of the Year alongside being placed in the Premier League team of the year. Despite never gaining major success with Blackburn, he became a crucial part of their team and was often commended for being one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Premier League.
In 2008 after eight years with Blackburn, Friedel asked for permission to speak to Aston Villa where he soon signed a three year contract at afterwards. In November 2008, Friedel broke the record for continuous games played in the Premiership, a record that is still ongoing to date. Friedel signed for Tottenham Hotspur in 2011 arriving from Aston Villa
At international level, Friedel is the third most capped goalkeeper in US history. His career spanned from 1992 - 2005. His finest moment representing his country came at the 2002 World Cup where the United States went on a surprising run to the quarter finals where they eventually lost to Germany. He eventually retired from international football in 2005 to focus on his club career.