Friedel plays in record 167th straight match

Friedel plays in record 167th straight match

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Friedel plays in record 167th straight match

Brad Friedel 2 (AP) 

You can call Brad Friedel big, imposing, dominating, but you must also call him reliable. The 37-year-old goalkeeper showed just how reliable on Saturday when he appeared in his 167th straight English Premier League match in Aston Villa's scoreless draw vs. Fulham, breaking the record previously held by English goalkeeper David James.

That is more than four straight seasons without missing a match, meaning you have to go back to 2004 to the last time Friedel didn't put on the gloves for an EPL match.

The feat is an amazing one for any player, but for Friedel to reach the milestone at his age, and playing at the level he is playing, is a testament to what has to be considered one of the most successful careers in American soccer history.

What do you think of Friedel's accomplishment? What is your favorite Brad Friedel moment? Are you looking forward to the day he comes back to MLS?

Share your thoughts below. 

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