American goalkeeper Friedel to retire at end of season

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LONDON (AP) — Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel will retire at the end of the Premier League season, closing a 23-year professional career to become a television announcer for Fox Sports in his native United States.

Friedel made the announcement Thursday, saying "it is a good time to call it a day" with his 44th birthday approaching.

Friedel made 82 appearances for the U.S. team and played for Liverpool, Blackburn and Aston Villa before moving in 2011 to Tottenham, where he is currently back-up goalkeeper to Hugo Lloris.

He holds the record for consecutive starts in the Premier League at 310, set across his time at Blackburn, Villa and Tottenham.

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