Brad Friedel is retiring football, confirmed the Spurs Twitter account today…
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 14, 2015
The 43-year-old played 23 seasons and had a record-breaking 310 consecutive appearances in the Premier League between 2004 and 2012.
“I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve achieved in my career,” Friedel said via Tottenham’s Twitter. “When I first started the journey, I had no idea it would be this long.”
In a video posted to the Spurs official website, the American expressed his gratefulness at being with Tottenham the past four years and for being able to have such a long career. Friedel has taken advice from other players to not have much time off and is jumping right into a five-year contract with Fox Sports where he will be covering football from the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, MLS, the FA Cup, the Bundesliga, as well as the next three World Cups. The 82 capped shot-stopper will also work with the national sides at youth level.
Friedel made the move to the Premier League when he signed with Liverpool in 1997 from the Columbus Crew. He played for Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa before making his way to the Spurs.
The goalkeeper has made an incredible 668 appearances throughout his career including 82 caps for the U.S national team.