MLS East Notes: Crew eyeing Friedel for head coach, Bernardello deems himelf fit, and more

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris speak during pre game warm-ups

By FRANCO PANIZO

The Columbus Crew’s search for a new head coach could end with them landing a very familiar face.

According to a report from SI.com, Columbus interviewed former Crew and current Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel about their head coaching position during last month’s international window. Friedel traveled to Columbus to talk about the job with Crew officials, but no decision was made at that moment.

If the club ultimately decides it wants to sign Friedel, it reportedly will have to buy him out of the last few months of his contract with Spurs in order to have him available for the start of next season’s training camp. The 42-year-old Friedel, who is from Ohio, currently has a UEFA B coaching license and is reportedly working on acquiring his A license.

The Crew are currently led by interim coach Brian Bliss.

Here are more notes from around the Eastern Conference:

MONTREAL IMPACT

The Impact look to receive a major boost ahead of their crucial Eastern Conference showdown with the New England Revolution. Designated Player Hernan Bernardello has declared himself fully fit after spending the past several weeks with an ankle injury, which means he could play in Montreal’s pivotal home game against the Revolution on Saturday.

NEW YORK RED BULLS

The New York Red Bulls’ next game will not be until Oct. 20 and that still might not be enough time for Bradley Wright-Phillips to make his return. Wright-Phillips is currently dealing with a hamstring strain picked up a couple weeks ago against FC Dallas, but not even the extra days of rest that New York has thanks to the bye week will assure that the English forward will be ready for next weekend’s visit to Houston.

“Nothing is impossible, but the way I’m taking it is: Until they give me that glimmer of hope, I’m counting on him to still be recovering,” said Red Bulls head coach Petke. “There’s always a chance, I assume. He looks good walking around, he’s going to treatment nonstop, our medical staff is very good. They can potentially have him back, but as of now I don’t have that answer yet.”

HOUSTON DYNAMO

The Red Bulls might not see the return of one of their complimentary offensive weapons by Oct. 20, but the Dynamo have. Andrew Driver has recovered from his right calf problem and just in time to help Houston in its push for a playoff spot in the tight East. The winger had been sidelined since Sept. 4.

D.C. UNITED

The 2013 U.S. Open Cup champions will be without two regulars for the remainder of the season. Dejan Jakovic and John Thorrington have been ruled out of for United’s final three games of the year with injuries. Jakovic is recovering from a strained adductor while Thorrington has a calf problem.

TORONTO FC

Another Toronto FC member has received an international call-up from Canada. The Canadian Under-18 roster for a camp in Guatemala was announced earlier this week and on it was TFC midfielder Manny Aparicio. The 18-year-old signed with Toronto as a HomeGrown player earlier this year but has yet to make his professional debut.

PHILADELPHIA UNION

Brian Carroll never thought about appearing in as many as 300 games when he started his career, but that is exactly what he is about to accomplish. Carroll is on the brink of playing in his 300th game in MLS and will achieve that impressive feat if he starts in his usual starting role on Saturday against his former club, D.C. United.

“It wasn’t a goal of mine,” Carroll told PhiladelphiaUnion.com. “I think it just comes along with trying to be a good pro and it’s definitely a cool accomplishment if I’ll be able to do it on that game. I think it’s just a testament to being around good clubs and definitely, I’ll look back at the memories that have taken place through that stretch of games. It’s just something I’ll look back on and appreciate more down the line.”

SPORTING KANSAS CITY

Matt Besler could not be any more excited about what is in store for him later this week. Besler is set to start the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on Friday, marking the first time he will don his international colors in front of his hometown crowd of Sporting Park in Kansas City.

“It’s something that’s going to be special,” Besler, an Overland Park, KS. native, told MLSsoccer.com. “You hate looking forward to games before they happen, but this is a game that I’ve had on my mind for a very long time, and once it came out I was just looking forward to hopefully getting a chance to play.”

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

Juan Agudelo is a mere months away from starting the next chapter in his career in England, but he wants to leave MLS on a high note before he does that. Set to join Stoke City on a free transfer in January, Agudelo is currently trying to help the Revolution reach the postseason. It is a goal he wants to achieve not only for his club, but also for himself as well as he prepares to embark on a new journey.

It won’t be an easy task to help New England reach the playoffs, but Agudelo is embracing the challenge not steering clear of it.

“I love that pressure, that kind of anxiety you have because it’s an either win or go home type of deal,” Agudelo told Goal.com. “Ideally, anybody would want to end in any league that they play in on a good note. It’s definitely going to be in the back of my mind.”

CHICAGO FIRE

Sean Johnson just continues to be showered with praise. Johnson received more kind words from media, fans and his teammates following the Chicago Fire’s 3-0 victory over D.C. United last week, a game in which Johnson showed very well by making eight saves.

“I think that’s clearly the best game he’s played in his short career,” Fire attacker Patrick Nyarko told MLSsoccer.com. “It was incredible. Incredible is an understatement in how he performed that day … His maturity has been unbelievable, and he understands when to calm the game for us, when to speed up the game for us. His leadership is very visible. We see how he commands the defenders, and it just transcends through everyone.”

 

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22 Responses to MLS East Notes: Crew eyeing Friedel for head coach, Bernardello deems himelf fit, and more

  1. a says:

    Friedel should manage in the PL. Would managing the Crew help him in that endeavor?

    • Atletico Man says:

      Why not? Gain experience in a lesser league.

      • dan says:

        I think managing in MLS would be a great launching pad for him.

        Shame he never came back to play for at least a season though in MLS…

        Player Manager perhaps?

        • Andrew says:

          I’d selfishly like him around, but I think that MLS has a perception issue abroad. Look at Bradley’s failure to land a European coaching gig (his stated goal). Friedel, in spite of his lack of experience, probably has the best shot of an American coach at a European coaching position.

        • The Imperative Voice says:

          Why not just fire Moyes and appoint him now? That should be indicative of the level of coach the EPL can chew up and spit out. Let him manage the Crew for a while and then we’ll talk.

          I continue to think the best American managers for Euro jobs would be the versatile successes like Arena and Bradley who seem to win whereever they go; but I think the most likely ones are our long-term travelers (Dolo) or recruited dual nationals.

  2. SilverRey says:

    Side note regarding the Crew, Chad Marshall with his 251st start last Sat. He has started all but 3 of those games.

    Since his first game in 2004:
    16g/11a
    1 red card
    11 yellows
    6 offsides

    Brian Carroll since 2004:
    8g/16a
    0 red cards
    48 yellow cards
    4 offsides

    Not a direct comparison certainly, but having watched both of their careers, just fun to check out….

  3. gigi says:

    Friedel should grow a goatee and wear a fedora so he can look like Walter White………he does that and I will be a crew fan…….

  4. wood chip zip says:

    Friedel is obviously a stud goal keeper, but what has he done that makes anyone think he can coach? Or do anything but play goalkeeper? He’s lame at commentating compared to his player peers. And the failed academy he started in Cleveland that left him bankrupt showed he is not the sharpest tool in the shed. Not getting this at all but since I could care less about the Crew I say go for it . . . and fail

    • Drewbles says:

      Anybody that didn’t predict the recession is now considered a bit dim, brilliant.

    • patrick says:

      Friedel, like many, many others, got hosed in the recession, he bought a whole bunch of land that was all of a sudden worthless.

      What made anyone think Jason Kreiss? They know the game Friedel’s been around long enough, and has a demonstrated interest in coaching (B license), so he’s as viable a candidate as any other.

  5. Good Jeremy says:

    I thought Friedel got did dirty last year. He was the best keeper on the team but seemed to be forced out of the starting 11.

    I also think he could have been the starter or second keeper for us up until his benching too, but that’s another matter.

    • Joamiq says:

      He was certainly not better than Lloris. Brad is still a very good shot stopper but hasn’t moved off his line in ages.

  6. P says:

    0 experience
    No demonstrable capacity for coaching at any level

    • Nick4235 says:

      Could the same be said for a lot of successful young MLS coaches tho? Heaps, Kries, Petke, to make a few. Sure you have a few like Olsen who struggled this year but I for one really like the influx of young American coaches. Especially when they were successful plays. Friedel knows what it takes to be a top player. I think it would be interesting.

  7. Hejduk4President says:

    I’m a Crew fan and love Friedel as a keeper (I still have fond memories of the 2002 WC). But Brad as a coach..? After years of mediocrity with RobertW, I hope the Crew doesn’t roll the dice with an ex-pro like Friedel. That said, it would be cool to see Uncle Brad around Columbus.

    • Josh D says:

      Let’s just take a look over at Toronto to see how a first-time coach used to the EPL does in his first season… Note to Crew: stay away.

      • Joamiq says:

        Is it really fair to blame the TFC mess on Nelsen? The rot had set in under BMO long before he got there.

  8. P says:

    This is old news in central Ohio. Predicting that SI.com got a little nudge by the Friedel camp to run the blurb, so that he could try and keep his name in the public eye (thanks SBI) and not lose momentum with the supporters. It seems reasonable to think that if the club were really excited about the interview it would have already moved in that direction. Now Friedel is working hard to sell himself as a viable candidate to any possible suitors.

  9. Joamiq says:

    Personally I think Friedel will be a very good coach. He’s got the temperament. He’s got a resume that will demand respect. I think he’s pretty sharp. He’s been running that academy of his for years. I see no reason to think he’ll be bad.