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Unexpectedly, Edu winds up at Stoke City, where he joins Cameron in EPL.

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Granted a work permit, Cameron finalizes to EPL's Stoke City.

Boyd scores two, assists one for Rapid Wien to help opening victory.

Guzan signs 3-year deal with Aston Villa, will compete for starter's job.

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Bradley moves up in Italian Serie A to AS Roma.

Boyd moves from Dortmund to Rapid Vienna on three-year-deal.

Training injury sends Dempsey to sideline for end of record season.

Nearing 41, Friedel excels, continues to fuel Tottenham Champions League hopes.

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Friedel's EPL record streak might be at risk with Spurs' acquisition of Lloris.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Tuesday, September 4, 2012) -- American goalkeeper Brad Friedel's incredible streak of consecutive starts in the English Premier League might be coming to an end, but then again, it might not be.

Friedel, at age 41, has started 307 consecutive league matches in goal, a string that goes back to the end of the 2003-04 season. On Saturday, Friedel was again in net for Tottenham Hotspur, making three great saves on his way to "Man of the Match honors in a 1-1 draw with Norwich City.

That his consecutive match string, one that will certainly never be broken, might be ending is based on Spurs' last-minute move, acquiring 25-year-old Hugo Lloris, the starter for France's national team, from Lyon for $19 million.

Spurs' first-year manager Andre Villas-Boas warned that there is no guarantee the French captain will supplement Friedel as the starting keeper. With the way the American is playing so far this season, it certainly does not look like he is heading to the bench anytime soon.

"When you transfer, it's not written in the contract that you have to play," Villas-Boas said. "He has to compete against three good goalkeepers and, at the moment, Brad is doing extremely well. He deserves to be playing and he'll continue to do so."

Already on the Tottenham roster are two veteran keepers -- Brazilian Huerelho Gomes and Italian Carlo Cudicini.

Last season, Friedel started all 38 EPL games, while Gomes, 31, and Cudicini, 38, were used by Spurs in three Cup competitions.

Lloris already has 38 caps for France. That he might not be playing regularly angers France manager Didier Deschamps.

"Lloris did not appreciate Villas-Boas' statements," Deschamps said. "I saw what Villas-Boas said. If I comment on this, it is going to echo on the other side of the (English) Channel, but it surprised me. I'm not going to create a problem that I'm not part of, but if it happens (Lloris doesn't start), then it will be worth talking about. You all know the value of Hugo. I do not know what will happen, but I hope everything goes well for him."

Meanwhile, there appears to have been a changing of the guard at Aston Villa where American Brad Guzan has taken over in net.

Guzan received his first start of the Premier League season, made three saves and received a yellow card Sunday in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United. He made brilliant stops on Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye.

When Guzan, a reserve behind Irish international Shay Given for two seasons, refused to sign a new contract over the summer while searching for a place to play regularly, Villa manager Paul Lambert urged him to come back, saying there would be an open competition for the starting job.

Given was mediocre in Euro 2012 for Ireland and then retired from international play. He and Guzan were about even in preseason matches, so Lambert stayed with the Irishman when the EPL season started. After Given was unimpressive in his first two starts and Guzan kept a clean sheet in a 3-0 League Cup victory over Tranmere of the second-tier English League Championship, the starting job was his for now.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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