Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Extra Time: Brad Friedel

The latest edition of our new NSC custom acts as annex to today's Postcard From Europe with Big Bad Brad.

On whether he could take over as cup goalie should they reach the late stages or a final:

"That hasn't been discussed. We have a great group of goalkeepers, so there's no way that would be discussed. Harry chooses the team based on what happens in that week's training. "

On not wanting to be the easy #1, another reason he chose Tottenham:

"No one is ever given the divine right to start games. I wanted to go to an environment where there was no possibility of complacency, somewhere I had to turn up every single day in
training and prove myself."

On how Spurs' team speed impacts their defending:

"A few weeks ago we played Villa, and I've played with Gaby Agbonlahor — he's fast. Younes Kaboul outran him three times and that's our central defender. You've got a guy like Kyle Walker. Willem (Gallas) came in for Ledley King, and he's fast, too. We have guys like Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale coming back to help defend on the wings. We've got a lot of pace"


Sneak preview for tomorrow's episode: It's gonna be Extra Time with Dilly Duka.

- Greg Seltzer


Jamie said...

What a fantastic player, that man, and somehow, still underrated.

Joe Bailey said...

I've read on the web that Friedel had some choice words for Donovan. About him taking 'the easy route', and that in the US he's only bigger than Dempsey because it's 'sponsorship driven over there...' In my mind, Friedel took the easy way out when he left the 'Nats shortly after the 2002 WC. I'm sure he has his reasons, but it seems to me he didn't want to compete with Keller or Howard, for whom, I remember at a time he didn't have kind words for either...

It's disappointing to read that he could make such an ignorant statement.

Greg Seltzer said...

Frankly, I don't think it came out the way he meant it. And even if it did, he is allowed his opinion like anyone. That's where I stand.