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Friedel Has Red Card Overturned, Can Extend Streak
ESPN Soccernet, March 24th, 2009 3:45PM

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Aston Villa's appeal of a red card that was given to U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel in Saturday's 5-0 shellacking from Liverpool was successful today, meaning the 37-year-old English Premier League vet will have the chance to be in the nets for the team's next match, vs. Manchester United on April 5.

That means Friedel will avoid having his EPL record of 182 consecutive appearances snapped. Friedel surpassed the previous record holder and England international David James when he appeared in his 167th straight match as Villa held Fulham to a 0-0 in November.

But what's good news for Friedel and Villa, who are still fighting for a 2010 Champions League spot while sitting fifth in the league, is not the best news for American understudy Brad Guzan, although the former Chivas keeper is staying positive about his time as a No. 2, saying "I'm getting an understanding of what this league is all about and what it takes to be successful. I think it is all going to be worthwhile."

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