Tottenham, ex-USMNT goalkeeper Brad Friedel retiring at end of season
Tottenham and former United States men's national team goalkeeper Brad Friedel will retire at the end of the Premier League season, the club announced.
The 43-year old Friedel has not appeared in any league games this season, but has made 50 appearance since joining Tottenham from Aston Villa in 2011. Tottenham has two league matches remaining this season: Saturday against Hull City and a May 24 match with Everton.
“I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve achieved in my career," Friedel said. "When I first started the journey, I never imagined it would be this long, playing 23 seasons in total and representing some incredible clubs.
Friedel, who starred in the USA's run to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, has also played for Blackburn, Aston Villa and and has 82 caps for the United States national team. He won a Turkish Cup with Galatasaray in 1996 and a League Cup in 2002. He retired from international play in 2005 at age 33.
Friedel, who holds the record for the most consecutive Premier League appearances, says he is moving back to the United States because of the professional opportunities. He'll remain a club ambassador for Tottenham while also working as an analyst for Fox Sports.
“One thing I will miss is that day-to-day interaction with the staff and players," Friedel said. "There really is nothing like it, but my 44th birthday is here so I think it is a good time to call it a day. I've got some wonderful opportunities in front of me working for FOX TV and I'm completing my pro license."
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