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Brad Friedel's career by the numbers

Tottenham's American goalkeeper, Brad Friedel, announced his club retirement on Thursday morning, effective at the end of this season. His European résumé is as accomplished as any American's, setting numerous records for age and durability.

• Friedel debuted for Liverpool on Feb. 2, 1998, at age 26, and he played 25 league games for the Reds before moving to Blackburn in November 2000. He remains the only American to play for Liverpool in the Premier League.

• When he started the 2004-05 league opener for Blackburn, it was the beginning of the longest consecutive-starts streak in the Premier League era. Friedel was in the lineup for every league match for more than eight years; the streak ended at 310 games in October 2012. That's the longest Premier League streak by exactly 100 games, with Tim Howard second at 210 games. And no current streak is even in triple digits.

• Friedel has played 450 Premier League games, 78 more than any other American (Howard has played 372), and he ranks 17th on the appearances list in the Premier League era. Only two keepers have played more games: David James with 572, and Mark Schwarzer with 514. Friedel's 132 clean sheets rank eighth in Premier League history.

U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel has decided to hang up his boots after 23 seasons.
U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel has decided to hang up his boots after 23 seasons.

• Friedel turns 44 on Monday, and should he play in either of Tottenham's two remaining games, he would become the oldest Premier League player in history, breaking John Burridge's mark of 43 years and 162 days, set with Manchester City in 1995.

He is already Tottenham's oldest league player, having appeared against Newcastle in November 2013 at age 42. He's the oldest player for Aston Villa as well, at 40 years, 4 days, in May 2011.

Plus, he's the oldest player in the history of the Europa League (and its predecessor, the UEFA Cup), appearing at age 42 in March 2014 against Benfica.

• Playing with Blackburn on Feb. 21, 2004, Friedel scored a game-tying goal against Charlton in the 89th minute (though Charlton won in stoppage time). His score is one of five Premier League goals by a keeper, and only his goal and Peter Schmeichel's were scored from the attacking half of the field.

• Friedel retired from international play in 2005 after 82 appearances with the United States. His peak performance may have been in 2002, when he became the second keeper to save two penalties in a single World Cup (along with Poland's Jan Tomaszewski in 1974).

He fared well against penalties at the club level, too, setting a Premier League single-season record by saving four penalties in 2006-07 with Blackburn. His 10 penalty saves are tied for third-most in the Premier League era.

• Friedel's only trophy in England came when he won the League Cup with Blackburn in 2002. He's one of three Americans to win that title, along with Kasey Keller and John Harkes.


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