Brad Friedel has at least one more year of Premier League soccer left in him. Out of contract after last season with Tottenham, the former U.S. international has signed a new one-year extension with the club, giving the 43-year-old former Liverpool, Blackburn and Aston Villa goalkeeper a chance to become the older player to appear in a Premier League game.
That distinction is currently held by John Burridge, who played for Manchester City against Queens Park Rangers at 43 years and 162 days in 1995. Born on May 17, 1971, Friedel will become the oldest player in league history should he make an appearance after Oct. 26.
Though he made five appearances between the League Cup and Europa League last year, Friedel only played one game in the Premier League. On Nov. 10, in place of Hugo Lloris, Friedel made three saves on four shots against visiting Newcastle United. Unfortunately, Tim Krul in the Magpies’ goal stopped 14 shots as Newcastle took three points out of White Hart Lane.
In his non-League appearances, Friedel never game up more than two goals, keeping clean sheets in Europa League against Dinamo Tbilisi and Tromsø. His final appearance of the season came on March 20 when a 2-2 draw at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon saw Benfica send Spurs out of Europa.
Should Friedel make a league appearance around the same time in the upcoming season, he will displace Burridge in the record books, but on-field responsibilities are only one part of the goalkeeper’s extension. With “particular focus on [Tottenham’s] work in his native United States,” Friedel will serve as Club Ambassador.
Our goalkeeper’s Ambassadorial role will have a wide-ranging remit that will include greater involvement in our Global Coaching programme and engaging with our 30 Supporters Clubs from across North America as we continue to increase our global presence and bring our international fanbase closer to the Club.
The role signals a transition into a new life off the field, but for the 2013-14 season, that life will still be a step away. Friedel will get a chance to make history during the upcoming season.