Tottenham Hotspur youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers has underlined the importance of Brad Friedel in his progress.
Carter-Vickers is currently part of the USA Under-20 team and is playing at the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship in Jamaica .
The 17-year-old centre-half is highly rated and played a key role in his USA team’s 1-1 draw with Guatemala on Friday in their opening game of the tournament.
It was the teenager who headed in Emerson Hyndman’s corner to score his first international goal and was impressive at the back as well.
Carter-Vickers may not see much of Tottenham first-team goalkeeper Friedel at White Hart Lane, but he is working with the 43-year-old in Jamaica.
Former Liverpool and Aston Villa star Friedel is part of Tab Ramos’s coaching team for the first week of the tournament, and Carter-Vickers has explained how the veteran is helping him.
“Brad is really good,” Tottenham's official website quotes the youngster as saying. “He helps me a lot and he’s helping the whole team a lot. He’s got a lot of knowledge and anything that we as players can take from him is a real bonus.”
Friedel is currently the third-choice goalkeeper at Tottenham behind Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm, and at 43 he is unlikely to play much anymore.
It is remarkable that the former USA international has not retired from professional football yet, but it appears that he is quite good in coaching.
Working with Friedel even for a short period of time is certainly going to help Carter-Vickers, who is believed to have a bright future.
The American veteran has played with many top-class players, and his experience and advice will be vital for any budding footballer.