Brad Friedel announced today that he will retire at the end of the Premier League seasons after 21 years as a professional goalkeeper. Friedel, who turns 44 on Monday played all but four of those seasons in the Premier League and was the first choice goalkeeper for Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa, and Tottenham Hotspur from 2000-2001 through 2011-2012. During his career he played in 668 matches overall, 558 in the Premier League, and at one point, 310 consecutive matches. Friedel also played 82 times for the USMNT, the fourth most by a goalkeeper, and an even more impressive number when one considers that he was fighting for time with Kasey Keller, Tim Howard, and Tony Meola and that he retired from the national team in 2005. Should Friedel play in either of Spurs final two matches he will be the oldest player to appear in a Premier League match. They should give him a start, he’s been a class act both on and off the field for over two decades.
Speaking of Spurs, I should like this– I’m a sucker for a sash, but I just…don’t. Even thinking of it with navy shorts and white socks doesn’t help. Maybe it’s the sash being broken up into stripes, or as the article suggests, it’s because it looks like an old L.A. Galaxy kit. I dunno, I just don’t care for it.
Former Ross County midfielders Paul Lawson and Iain Vigurs will not be returning to Motherwell next season… I don’t want to suggest that County should sign them because they once wore the shirt at Victoria Park, but there are certain players who thrive in certain environments and neither player has been as good at any club as these two were when they were at County. Plus, ask Michael Gardyne how things have gone since he came back north?
Speaking of Ross County, there is now a much more complete kit history (with accompanying text) you can browse through at Historical Football Kits. It’s worth a look and you might even notice that somebody you know contributed to it…
The Scottish Professional Football League has signed a two year deal (for £12m/year) with bookmaking firm Ladbrokes. The deal covers all four divisions of the league and it is, quite literally, better than nothing- the league had no sponsorship deal for its first two seasons.
Condolences to local PDL side Western Mass Pioneers who lost on penalties in the first round of the U.S. Open Cup against NPSL side Greater Binghamton F.C..
Always proud to see the rainbow/New England flag waving in the Fort during Revs home matches, just as proud to see the players are on board as well.