Former Columbus Crew goalkeeper Brad Friedel set a record on Nov. 29 by making his 167th consecutive Premier League appearance. Friedel, now in his first season with Aston Villa after a lengthy stint with Blackburn Rovers, made the historic appearance in a 0-0 tie with Fulham FC. The 37-year-old Ohio native made 38 starts with Columbus between 1996 and 1997, posting 11 clean sheets.
"It's always nice to get personal achievements in the game, but that's not why I play," Friedel told the Associated Press. "It's a team sport, and if the truth be told I would have preferred to have got the three points here today instead of the point."
Friedel has 2-1/2 years remaining on a three-year contract that he signed in July upon moving from Blackburn to Aston Villa. He is joined on Aston Villa by fellow MLS alum Brad Guzan. Guzan was transferred from Chivas USA to the Premier League in August.
"I've got two-and-a-half years on my contract with Villa," Friedel told the London newspaper Daily Express. "I will serve that out and then see what happens."
Friedel was in net for Aston Villa during their stunning 3-2 win over Everton on Sunday. He outdueled fellow American Tim Howard in net as the Villans stole victory from Everton on Ashley Young's stoppage-time goal. The win propelled Aston Villa to fifth in the Premier League table.
Adu dreams of playing for Spurs
Former D.C. United and Real Salt Lake midfielder Freddy Adu revealed in an interview with ESPN that he would like to play for Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, a club for which he cheered as a child.
"My dream is to play for one of the top European clubs, the top five," the 19-year-old said. "Tottenham are also one of my dreams, since I supported them as a boy. My objective is the Premier League, which is for me the best league in the world."
Adu is currently under contract to Benfica FC in Portugal and is on loan with AS Monaco in France. He was drafted first overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft as a 15-year-old and scored 11 goals in 87 games with the Black-and-Red between 2004 and 2006. He also played 11 games with RSL in 2007 before moving to Europe.
Adu has played in nine matches with AS Monaco in 2008, appearing mostly as an late-game attacking substitution.
Other news and notes
Jozy Altidore, who transferred from the New York Red Bulls to Spanish side Villarreal in June, has appeared in five matches for the club, scoring the final goal of Villarreal's 4-1 win against Athletic Bilbao on Nov. 1. Altidore started and played the full 90 in Villarreal's thrilling three-goal comeback against Getafe on Saturday. Villarreal trailed 3-0 after 29 minutes but rallied to steal a point at El Madrigal.
While Michael Bradley's first season with Borussia Mönchengladbach hasn't gone as the midfielder planned, the former New York Red Bulls midfielder scored his first Bundesliga goal on Nov. 15 in a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich. Bradley's goal on a header in the 81st minute lifted the Foals to the draw. Unfortunately, the team has struggled this season and is currently bringing up the rear in the Bundesliga standings.
Marcus Hahnemann backstopped a shorthanded Reading club to a 1-0 win over Barnsley on Saturday, earning the clean sheet by stopping all six shots he faced. The former Colorado Rapids 'keeper is leading Reading to a solid season. They sit in third place in the race for the Coca-Cola Championship.