Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel unavailable for 2 games in January because of coaching duty

The veteran stopper is making his way into the world of coaching.

Tottenham Hotspur are set to be without one of their most experienced players for a short period in January, and we don't mean someone who is off to the African Cup of Nations.

Although he is in a way off on international duty.

Tottenham are not likely to miss him, but the player in question is Brad Friedel. The 43-year-old goalkeeper is third choice stopper at White Hart Lane, behind Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm in the pecking order, so the fact he will be out of action probably won't worry the Tottenham fans too much.

Of course Friedel will not be playing for the USA in January, instead he is getting into coaching.

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated confirmed the the news on Twitter yesterday that Friedel will take charge of upcoming World Cup qualifiers in Jamaica for the US under-20 side.

His former international team-mate Tab Ramos is the current manager of the side and Friedel will help out for the games on the 4th of January against Guatemala and Panama on the 11th, before returning to London to continue playing duties.

But it is good to see that Friedel, one of the Premier League's elder statesmen, is beginning to plan for the future.

He may even get the chance to work with a current Tottenham youngster in Cameron Carter-Vickers.

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