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Strife for Brian

Posted on 10 January 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Kasey Keller intends to shut his room mate out of the goalscoring action at the Lane on Sunday.

Our American goalkeeper may come up against his international team-mate and new Everton capture Brian McBride in the crucial Premiership encounter.

Striker McBride, a mainstay of the USA side and so impressive in last summer's World Cup, has joined the Toffees on a three-month loan deal from Major League Soccer outfit Columbus Crew. He will return to the States as the MLS starts in April.

Everton boss David Moyes swooped for the 30-year-old having previously managed him during a short spell at Preston.

"Brian's actually my room mate with the national team," revealed Kasey at Spurs Lodge. "I'm really happy for him because he really wanted to come back over.

"His time at Preston was cut short with a blood clot problem that was serious but he's fully recovered and David Moyes clearly has a lot of respect for him.

"The MLS have granted him permission to come over and help Everton and I feel really happy for him."

McBride has bagged 19 goals in 64 internationals. He scored in the USA's famous win against Portugal in the group stages of the World Cup and in the quarter-finals against Mexico as they progressed all the way to the semi-finals.

Kasey added: "Brian's a very good athlete and if he gets on the pitch against us you'll see that he has the type of jump that people has been accustomed to seeing from Les Ferdinand.

"He's a dangerous player in the air and a player who has found big goals for the national team when they've been needed.

"He had a great World Cup, scored some great for us and not only that, started the first line of defence up front. For me, in goal, I always know he's a target man that when I need to hit a long ball, nine or 10 times out of 10 he'll win it."