Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Friedel not about to relinquish No. 1 spot
by Paul Kennedy, September 18th, 2012 12:14AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  americans abroad

MOST COMMENTED

[AMERICANS ABROAD] Clint Dempsey arrived at Tottenham from Fulham under the radar, making a brief appearance in Sunday's 3-1 win at Reading, but all the attention at Spurs has been on its other American, Brad Friedel. If anyone thought the 41-year-old keeper would go quietly into the sun following the signing of highly rated French keeper Hugo Lloris, they were surely mistaken.

Friedel made his 308th consecutive start in goal for Tottenham against Reading -- an EPL record -- and has received the backing of Tottenham's first-year manager Andre Villas-Boas, which did not sit well with French national team coach Didier Deschamps, who needs for his captain and No. 1 keeper to be playing regularly.

Friedel hopes Lloris gets lots of playing time -- in Spurs' various cup competitions like veterans Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini got last season.

"We have friendly, and healthy, competition for places," Friedel told talkSPORT on Monday. "Hopefully, we will have long runs in all the cup competitions, and there's going to be plenty of matches to share around."

For Friedel, Lloris' arrival is the case of the more the merrier.

"Hugo has come in and is a really nice person," he added. "He's a super goalkeeper but we have two other really good goalkeepers in Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini."

As for Lloris, he told L'Equipe after sitting on the bench: "I am in an adaptation period, I've had very few training sessions, and there are players that I didn't know. But I am expecting time on the field. Things were very clear from the start on Sunday. I was at the disposal of [Tottenham goalkeeping coach] Tony Parks and Brad Friedel. That field, that atmosphere, that gives you desire to play. Moreover, we got three points that made us start our season. For me, it is a period to manage. Obviously I have desire. I came here to play. I am at the club, I know where I have to go to. I had a talk with the coach, as he said, and I know everyone at Tottenham wanted me to come."



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer    
"Our newest soccer champions represent an opportunity for New York to recognize that heroes and role ...
ICYMI | MLS: The wait for Pirlo ends    
Is one of the greatest Italian players in history worth a reported $9 million over 18 ...
Average attendance down at Canada 2015    
While the total attendance of 1,353,506 for the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada set a ...
TV Report: BeIN Sports draws 1.5 million viewers for Copa America final    
BeIN Sports averaged more than 1.5 million total viewers on its two networks for the Argentina-Chile ...
MLS Power Rankings: Sporting KC retains first place    
Sporting Kansas City kept the top spot in Soccer America's MLS  Power Rankings after sitting out ...
Scouting Report: USA opens against reshaped Catrachos    
The USA begins its Gold Cup title defense against a familiar foe, Honduras, in the second ...
2015 Gold Cup Schedule    
The 2015 Gold Cup opens with a Haiti-Panama and USA-Honduras doubleheader in Group A on Tuesday ...
TV Report: One World Sports to air weekly NASL game    
The NASL has entered into a multiyear agreement with One World Sports to air an NASL ...
What They're Saying: English FA    
"Our lionesses go back to being mothers, partners and daughters today, but they have taken on ...
Video Pick: Brazilian sent off for jumping the gun    
Here's the kind of ejection you don't see very often: Santos midfielder Geuvanio got a yellow ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives