Brad Friedel’s ties to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur have already paid off for the Revolution.
This week, Spurs technical coach Anton McElhone joined Friedel’s staff as the Head of Fitness. The two worked together for four years at Tottenham, where McElhone spent the past six seasons working as the Team Fitness and Reconditioning Coach. His experience working with top-flight clubs in the United Kingdom dates back to 2007.
“Anton's experience at the very highest level of world soccer will be essential for our players to reach the physical fitness required to compete at elite levels,” Friedel said in a team release. “His dedication and professionalism will be important pieces for us as we work to move the club forward."
Friedel served as Tottenham’s primary goalkeeper for the 2011-2012 season, when he made 38 starts during a 20-win season for the Spurs. He retired in 2015 after four seasons with the London-based club.
Now the head coach of the Revolution, Friedel has already added two assistant coaches—Mike Lapper and Marcelo Neveleff—to his 2018 staff. Lapper spent nine seasons as an assistant with Crew SC from 2005-2013; Neveleff most recently served as a technical advisor in the U.S. Soccer Boys' Development Academy.
All three staffers will join Friedel on a new-look Revolution sideline next season.