Freidel choice for soccer award

Published: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 17, 2003 at 11:31 p.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE - Goalkeeper Brad Friedel was named U.S. Soccer's male athlete of the year Friday.

Friedel, 31, tied a World Cup record last year by stopping two penalty kicks in the first round and helping the United ``Who else can stop two penalty kicks during the World Cup?'' USSF president Bob Contiguglia said. ``Clearly there were some close moments for us, and Brad made a huge difference.''

The award was presented at Lockhart Stadium, where the United States plays Canada on Saturday night. Friedel, who plays for the Blackburn Rovers in the English Premier League, could not attend the ceremony because of a game this weekend.

D.C. United's Bobby Convey, 19, was named the young male athlete of the year, following in the footsteps of fellow national team players and former award winners DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan and Ben Olsen.

The awards are sponsored by Chevrolet.

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