PST lead writer Joe Prince-Wright recently sat down with USMNT legend Brad Friedel and a number of folks who knew him to profile the longtime Premier League goalkeeper for NBC’s SportsWorld.
In his piece, titled “Still Chasing That Ball of Tape“, JPW details the career and longevity of Friedel, who will become the oldest Premier League player ever if he gets into a match for Spurs by the end of the season.
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One of the nuggets worth highlighting is how Friedel believes perception of MLS has changed, and how he thinks David Villa and Frank Lampard will fare (assuming the latter comes over).
“It is not a simple league to go back to anymore. If you have lost your legs, you will get found out. Guys like a Robbie Keane, that’s why he prospers over there because he still has his legs and is such a clever player that he will be able to deal with it well. Frank Lampard and David Villa, you will see that when they come over there. They both have a lot of legs left in them and will do very well as foreign players. That will in turn help the U.S. players. If you are a U.S. player now and you are in the Olympic or national team and you are 19, 20 (then maybe you’ll) have the opportunity to go to a second division team in Holland (where) you may or you may not play. Or you have the chance to stay and play in MLS, it is better to stay in MLS.”
The phrase “Better to stay in MLS” is a good sign in the first place, and perhaps sheds light to unbelievers on how players like Mix Diskerud might choose the league as his next destination after Norway’s top flight or other lesser leagues. Read the whole article here.