Friedel, Keller and Howard are hot commodities in England

August 15, 2003
By Ravi Ubha
LONDON -- Speedy midfielders from Brazil? Nah. High-scoring forwards from France? Nope. The hottest property in English soccer right now is American goalies.

Check out the growing ranks: Brad Friedel of Blackburn was voted the best goalkeeper in the Premier League last season, Tim Howard played spectacularly in the preseason for reigning champion Manchester United, and Kasey Keller is the starter for Tottenham.

``Why the attraction to U.S. 'keepers? I don't know,'' Friedel said. ...

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