Brad Friedel

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is an American association football goalkeeper for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. He played 82 games for the United States national team between 1992 and 2005, and represented his country at three FIFA World Cup tournaments.

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Original question: "Brad, will an American goalkeeper with a full head of hair ever start again for the national team?" Original answer: "No. lol"

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When I was younger, I always wanted to be the #1 GK, I can't lie - I would never be that upset if the GK playing besides myself made a mistake. However, I would have never had wanted the team to lose. That is just human nature. However, at Tottenham, and at 42 years of age, I definitely do not have these feelings and I always want Hugo/Tottenham to do very well.

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When I played for Galatasaray and we played Fenerbahce at home, that is by far the craziest atmosphere I have ever played in. For me, the louder and crazier the atmosphere, the better it is to play in.

I've never been in awe of a player, however I've been fortunate enough to play with and against some of the best players of all time. So people know, yes Gareth Bale is in the top 7.

Yes, I'm currently taking my UEFA A license and I hope to complete this in one year's time. And, if successful, I will then move on to my pro license and at that time I will make a decision on what I want to do in regards to coaching/managing. I want to learn as much as I can before I jump into that arena.

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I always hope my favorite moment will be around the corner. However, our run with the US National team in the 2002 World Cup always stands out as special in my mind.

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  1. The teammates at Tottenham are a really good group of guys and we all have a good relationship with each other. There are no real cliques at the club, which you have probably noticed by the camaraderie we have shown on the pitch. My closest friends on the team are generally the older ones lol but, I get along with everybody.

  2. In life, yes I am older than AVB. However, in management, he is far more experienced than me. We have a very good relationship and I respect him very much as manager.

  3. I know Gareth very well and I know he's been playing a lot of golf this off-season. Regarding a possible transfer - I know nothing about this and have not spoken to him about it. And I, like every Spurs supporter and every member of Spurs staff, hope he stays for many, many years at Tottenham.

  4. I always thought that I would probably finish my career in the MLS, however I kept getting contract offers with fantastic clubs later in my career and now I find myself at a very big club in Tottenham at the age of 42. I think time is probably against me now to finish as a player in the MLS, however that is not to say that I won't come back to the MLS at some stage in my career in some capacity.

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Sorry to shock you.

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Some goes on from time to time. In England, it's generally what we call "friendly banter" rather than actual "trash talking."

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  1. The 2-0 against Mexico I think will go down as one of the greatest results in US history because it was against Mexico on neutral soil. They always claim the only place we could beat them was the US and we proved them wrong.

  2. No, I didn't detect what he was going to do until the last steps of his run-up and the way that he shaped his body. But there's also an element of luck when saving a penalty.

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I really enjoyed playing for Martin O'Neill. He has one of the best characteristics that is needed to be a manager, and that is thoughts are his own and no one can change his mind on them. He was a leader and he was very good to work for. You always knew where you stood.

Brad Guzan is an outstanding goalkeeper. The US and Aston Villa should be very happy to have him. When Tim Howard decides to retire, in my opinion, the US can easily count on Brad Guzan to continue with the great work that Tim has provided for the US team for the past few years. Also, I think Aston Villa will get equally as good service from Brad for as long as Brad can keep himself fit. He is an exceptional professional and a great teammate.

I really enjoyed my time at Aston Villa. Randy Lerner is an exceptional owner and he has Villa in his heart and the club is run the right way. I know the last two seasons haven't gone according to what a lot of the supporters expect, however knowing the ownership group they will get it right. And I hold Villa in high regard as well.

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  1. I'll go with players that are currently playing, and I would have to say it's a toss-up between two of our Tottenham players: Jermain DeFoe and Gareth Bale.

  2. Tom Huddlestone.