Friedel happy to be in DC

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BLACKBURN ROVERS goalkeeper Brad Friedel has spoken of his excitement with his team's pre-season trip to the United States, but noted he is only aware of the rumours that Claudio Reyna could be joining him as a team-mate.

"I was excited when our manager wanted to do a pre-season in the States," he said after a training session at American University in Washington, DC.

"It gives me another couple of free weeks in the summer here and it's good to see some friendly faces."

Blackburn are in the nation's capital ahead of their game on Wednesday night against DC United at RFK Stadium, and a few dozen fans of both teams turned up at the small campus in Northwest DC, many of whom were students at the university.

Friedel enjoyed the relative anonymity, "without the British media in our face," he said.

"We can get on with our business as we want to do, which is nice."

But Friedel had no comment on the possibility of US captain Reyna joining him at Blackburn, which has been floated in the British media in recent days.

"I personally can't say anything," he said. "I know the rumours that you know."

Although the late-afternoon sunshine pushed the temperature up on the field, Friedel, a native of Ohio, did not mind the heat.

"I think we always go somewhere where it's warm in pre-season, so yeah it affects you," he said. "But it gets you in shape so when you go back to England it's never nearly as hot as it is over here."

He did admit, however, that: "I never get used to the humidity. I never ever do."

The Blackburn players and staff are also taking some time to enjoy themselves in the nation's capital, visiting some of the city's famous sights between practice sessions.

"There's a lot of things to do between training sessions that are nice and relaxing - there's good shopping, good restaurants, things of that nature," Friedel said.

Friedel was also able to watch some of the United States' 5-0 Concacaf Gold Cup win against Cuba on Saturday on television.

"I saw up to when Cuba got a man sent off and I think we were a far better team than they were," said Friedel of the US team's performance up Interstate 95 in Foxboro.