Brad Friedel the PK King; Howard shines for Everton

[EPL AMERICANS] Brad Friedel, who in 2002 became the first goalkeeper to save two penalty kicks at a World Cup, saved a penalty kick for Blackburn on New Year's Day in a 1-0 win over Sunderland to mark his second spot-kick save in two straight English Premier League games. On Dec. 30, Friedel stopped Steve Howard's effort in a 2-1 win over Derby. Sixth-place Everton, with Tim Howard in goal, downed Middlesbrough, 2-0.

Friedel's penalty-kick saving feats date back to his freshman year in college, when he helped UCLA win the NCAA Division I title by making saves in semifinal and final PK shootouts.

In 2002, when he saved Lee Eul Yong's penalty kick in a 1-1 tie with South Korea, it marked the first World Cup penalty-kick save (outside PK tiebreakers) since the 1990 World Cup.

Friedel was treated to a standing ovation by Blackburn fans after Tuesday's game, during which he stifled Sunderland's Dean Whitehead. Benni McCarthy's successful PK on the other end gave Blackburn a 1-0 win.

Blackburn is in ninth place.

Last season, Friedel saved two penalty kicks in one game - Blackburn's 0-0 tie with Sheffield United.

In Everton's win over Middlesbrough, Howard made a superb save on an eight-yard Gary O'Neil effort.

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