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Published:Friday | November 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Brad Friedel

Jason Roberts gets high-profile post

MIAMI, United States (CMC):

Former Grenada international and English Premier League star Jason Roberts has joined continental governing body CONCACAF as its new director of development.

In his role, the 39-year-old will be in charge of developing CONCACAF's grass-roots programmes as well as streamlining the organisation's coaching education and professional football development initiatives.

"I am honoured and excited to have been selected to lead the development department as CONCACAF continues strengthening and enhancing its support for member associations to advance the game," Roberts said.

Roberts made his name as a dynamic forward in the English professional leagues, representing the likes of West Bromwich Albion, Wigan Athletic, and Portsmouth in an 18-year career.

Friedel hired as coach of New England


Former US national team goalkeeper Brad Friedel is the new head coach of the New England Revolution.

The 46-year-old Friedel most recently served as head coach of the US under-19 national team. The appointment was announced yesterday.

Friedel made 82 appearances for the United States over 13 years and was on the national team's roster for three World Cups, including the American team that advanced to the quarter-finals in 2002.

His club career was highlighted by 17 Premier League seasons, including stints with the Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, Aston Villa, and Tottenham Hotspur.

Chile blocks Mike Tyson


Chilean authorities say they've denied former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson entry to the country and are sending him back to the US.

Chile said yesterday that Tyson doesn't meet requirements for entry, apparently due to his criminal record. Tyson served three years of a six-year sentence in the 1990s for raping a teenage beauty-pageant contestant. He also has been convicted of assault and cocaine possession.

The Chilean Police of Investigations also said in a tweet that Interpol agents would escort him to a flight back to the US in the evening.

Tyson came to Chile to take part in a promotional event for a TV channel.

In 2013, he was forced to scrap promotional appearances in London because the convictions barred him from entering Britain.