Tim Howard is back in Brad Friedel’s good graces.
The American goalkeepers had a public spat earlier this month over a claim that Howard made in his new book, “The Keeper,” in which he said Friedel tried to block his 2003 transfer from Major League Soccer?s N.Y./N.J. MetroStars to Premier League club Manchester United by derailing his appeal for a U.K. work permit. Friedel called Howard’s claim “garbage” and threatened to take legal action.
Howard, 35, issued a statement Monday on Twitter, in which he promised to retract references to Friedel’s alleged opposition to his ultimately successful transfer of a lifetime.
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Friedel, 43, considers the measures Howard has taken to be adequate.
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Howard eventually joined Manchester United in a £2.5 million ($3.9 million) transfer, then spent three and-a-half seasons with the Red Devils before joining Everton in 2007. Howard remains Everton’s starting goalkeeper to this day.
Friedel is in his last season of his lengthy Premier League career. He’s currently the third-choice goalkeeper at Tottenham Hotspur behind starter Hugo Lloris and backup Michel Vorm.