American Exports: Brad Friedel signs new Tottenham deal
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel isn't done yet.
At 41, he may the oldest player in the English Premier League, and the recent acquisition of Frenchman Hugo Lloris has stripped him of his assumed starting role, but Friedel still has at least one more year in him.
On Wednesday, Tottenham announced that Friedel had signed a new contract that would keep him at White Hart Lane through the 2013-2014 EPL season.
Friedel, who starred for the Columbus Crew in 1996 and 1997, joined Spurs from Aston Villa in summer 2011. He began his adventure in England with Liverpool in 1997, then spent a long spell at Blackburn Rovers from 2000 to 2008.
The former US number one set a record for consecutive starts in the Premier League, an incredible run which was stopped at 310 earlier this season when he was dropped in favor of the incoming (and expensive) Lloris. Regardless, Friedel remains the only player to start 300 straight games in the EPL.
When the deal was announced -- a few hours before Spurs' Boxing Day match at Aston Villa -- Friedel took to Twitter to share his thoughts.
Off to Birmingham now.Very happy about the new contract!As I have always said I'm very happy here and will help Spurs in any role!!
— bradley h friedel (@friedel_b) December 26, 2012