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Friedel considers return to Columbus Crew as player-coach.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Wednesday, December 8, 2010) -- Former United States goalkeeper Brad Friedel has spent more than a dozen years plying his trade in Europe, but he might be ready to return to Major League Soccer.

Friedel is reportedly pondering an offer to be a player-coach for the Columbus Crew after his talks with current club Aston Villa about a new contract came to a halt. The 39-year-old standout could still remain in England, but a return to the Crew could make for an interesting proposition.

Columbus currently boasts Wil Hesmer in goal and while he is one of the better young keepers in the league, the Crew would be hard-pressed to pass on the chance to bring back Friedel, who played for the Crew in 1996 and 1997, the first two years of MLS..

Friedel reportedly has told Aston Villa he is willing to leave in January if the club signs a new keeper. Friedel is one of Villa's top earners at a reported $63,300 per week since moving to the club from Blackburn Rovers in July 2008. Friedel's contract is up in the summer.

New Villa manager Gerard Houllier has already started looking at new keepers and Glasgow Rangers' Allan McGregor, 28, is a target. The team is also considering Manchester United backup shot-stopper Tomasz Kuszczak, 28.

Friedel, who turns 40 in May, has made nearly 250 consecutive Premier League appearances.

Villa owner, American Randy Lerner, is determined to cut the club's $111-million payroll. The club has also told defender Habib Beye, who has a contract similar to Friedel, that he can leave and disappointing, 24-year-old Irish midfielder Stephen Ireland might go too.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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