|Full name||Robert Douglas Friend|
|Date of birth||23 January 1981|
|Place of birth||Rosetown, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|1999–2000||Western Michigan Broncos|
|2001–2002||UC Santa Barbara Gauchos|
|2007||→ Heracles Almelo (loan)||12||(3)|
|2012||Eintracht Frankfurt II||1||(2)|
|2013–2014||→ TSV 1860 München (loan)||22||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:39, 28 August 2014 (UTC).
Rob Friend (born 23 January 1981) is a Canadian former soccer player.
As a teenager Friend tried many sports at a high level including volleyball, tennis, hockey, and rugby. At 17, Friend decided to concentrate on soccer. He sometimes wishes he had concentrated on soccer earlier on and sees his development as still ongoing. "Others reach a certain level at an early age, but for me I am still developing today", he says. "Therefore I'll often work on things after practice. Things that I missed out on as a youth, to help me improve. Since I decided on soccer, I become better and better and always work harder to improve myself further".
After he graduated, Friend was drafted in the 4th Round, 35th Overall, of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire. But instead of playing for Chicago Fire, he decided to play in Norway. Together with fellow countryman Patrice Bernier, he was signed by Moss. In the middle of 2004, he was signed by Molde, with which he became cup champion in 2005.
Before the expiration of his contract with Molde, and after he helped Molde win the Norwegian Cup, he was transferred to Heerenveen on a four-year contract. After making 19 appearances with Heerenveen and scoring five goals, he was loaned to Heracles Almelo to conclude the 2006–07 season. On 3 February 2007, Friend played his first Eredivisie match for Heracles against Willem II. He helped the team retain their status in the Eredivisie by scoring three goals in 12 games. Despite his contributions, Heerenveen deemed him surplus to requirements and transferred him on to Borussia Mönchengladbach.
During the 2007–08 season Friend scored 18 goals in 33 matches, making him Borussia Mönchengladbach's top scorer and the second top scorer in Bundesliga 2. His team finished first, and were promoted to the Bundesliga.
On 17 August 2008, Friend scored in his very first game in the Bundesliga, against VfB Stuttgart. After three years in Mönchengladbach, including two in the Bundesliga, Friend was sold from the club and was bought by the newly relegated Hertha BSC for €1.8 million.
Friend made his debut and scored his first goal for Berlin on 14 August 2010 in a DFB-Pokal cup match versus Pfullendorf, the game ended as a 2–0 victory. Six days later he made his league debut for the team in a 3–2 victory over Rot-Weiß Oberhausen. On 12 September, Friend had a man of the match performance scoring 2 goals in a 3–1 home victory over Arminia Bielefeld at Olympic Stadium. Friend finished his first season with Hertha having scored 6 goals in 27 appearances in the 2. Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal. He helped Hertha win the 2. Bundesliga gaining automatic promotion back to top flight football. On the final day of the 2011 summer transfer window, Friend returned to the second division, joining the newly relegated Eintracht Frankfurt.
On 13 January 2014, Friend made the move to Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy. After one season with Los Angeles, which included winning the 2014 MLS Cup, Friend announced his retirement on 10 December 2014.
Friend made his debut with the senior international team on 18 January 2003 in a friendly with the United States. Since then, and as of February 2013, he has been capped 32 times by his country, scoring twice. He has represented Canada in five FIFA World Cup qualification matches.
|Netherlands||League||KNVB Cup||League playoffs||Europe||Total|
|2007–08||Borussia Mönchengladbach||2. Bundesliga||33||18||1||0||—||—||34||18|
|2010–11||Hertha BSC||2. Bundesliga||25||5||2||1||—||27||6|
|2012–13||1860 München||2. Bundesliga||14||4||0||0||—||14||4|
|Canada National Team|
|1.||4 September 2006||Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard, Montreal, Canada||Jamaica||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2.||31 May 2008||Qwest Field, Seattle, United States||Brazil||1–1||2–3||Friendly|
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- 2003 "MLS SuperDraft" Check
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- "Hertha holt Stürmer Rob Friend" (in German). Tagesspiegel. 19 June 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
- "Hertha vs. Arminia". ESPN. 12 September 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
- "De Jong continues rise for club & country". rednationonline.ca. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
- Rob Friend – FIFA competition record
- "Rob Friend". Football Database.eu. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- "Rob Friend". National Football Teams. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- "Norwegian stats" (in Norwegian). NFF. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- "Spillerfakta" (in Norwegian). Mfkweb.org. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- "Rob Friend" (in German). Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- "UEFA stats". UEFA. Retrieved 3 February 2013.[dead link]
- "Canada profile". CanadaSoccer.com. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rob Friend.|
- Rob Friend – FIFA competition record
- Canada profile
- Rob Friend at National-Football-Teams.com
- UC Santa Barbara player profile