May 31, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT
Maurice Edu, Jermaine Jones, and Michael Bradley (especially Michael Bradley) are killing it in the United States midfield. Throw in Jose Torres, Kyle Beckerman and a few others, and the American central spots are stacked. But perhaps there’s room for one more?
Namely, Stuart Holden.
“I’m real life running,” he says happily while jogging on a treadmill in the No Holden Back clip at the bottom of this post.
The affable Scottish Texan hasn’t appeared for the US since Oct. 12, 2010 and has struggled with injuries ever since Nigel de Jong broke Holden’s leg on March 3, 2010, which caused him to miss the 2010 World Cup. (Update: Adam W. Moses points out on Twitter that Holden played against England in the World Cup. He’s correct. Thanks Adam.)
But he’s coming back. Bolton may be relegated, but Holden will return to the field soon enough. And sure, it’s been more than 18 months since he donned the Red, White, and Blue, and a year since he put on a Wanderers jersey, but he’s still only 26. It’s going to take time, of course, and he’ll have to avoid another injury (easier said than done for Holden, who has terrible luck), but let’s not forget there was a real call for him to start in the center of midfield before de Jong ended those hopes and dreams. He works his butt off, plays passes other players don’t see, and generally adds to the game.
Are we past the point where Holden makes Jurgen Klinsmann’s top 11? Probably. But he will still play a role in the qualification process for the 2014 World Cup. Don’t forget about Holden.
Oct 22, 2014, 11:04 PM EDT
How did the Galatasaray supporters pull off this Tifo before Wednesday’s match against Borussia Dortmund? How?!?
Oct 22, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT
The pair of Premier League clubs remaining in the competition face quite different tests on Thursday.
Oct 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT
Perhaps it isn’t the sexiest year for rookies in Major League Soccer, but there’s a quartet of names set to stick around for a while.
Oct 22, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT
“I had hope, it maybe didn’t look like it, but it happened,” Wenger said.
Oct 22, 2014, 7:23 PM EDT
“So overall, it’s a squad with a lot of experience playing at the highest level, and this will be another great benchmark for us,” Klinsmann said.
Oct 22, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT
Of course many are claiming this “is the beginning of end” for Balotelli on Merseyside. That seems a bit much.
Oct 22, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT
Here’s the bar, Week 33 of Major League Soccer: Please feel free to raise it.
Oct 22, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT
We are at the halfway point in Groups A-D, and some English clubs are concerned about their fortunes to be sure.
Oct 22, 2014, 4:41 PM EDT
It was a night to forget for the home side, as Real ruled at Anfield. Here’s what we learned.
Oct 22, 2014, 4:36 PM EDT
The 21-year-old Honduran international did what a dangerous Alexis Sanchez couldn’t, but Arsenal was rescued late.
Oct 22, 2014, 4:34 PM EDT
Ronaldo, Benzema and co. put on a clinic at Anfield, as Liverpool are taught a lesson.
Oct 22, 2014, 2:54 PM EDT
The CAF claimed Platini said something he didn’t, and it hurt his feelings.
Oct 22, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT
Here’s what it’s like at Anfield, as Liverpool host Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.
Oct 22, 2014, 1:58 PM EDT
With yesterday’s goal frenzy, will today give us the same excitement?
Oct 22, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT
This is the second time Robinho is under investigation for such an alleged incident.
Oct 22, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT
NYCFC’s first Designated Player will be returning to the United States to fulfill commercial and marketing obligations, and it’s unclear whether he will make his way back to Australia to finish out his loan.
Oct 22, 2014, 11:36 AM EDT
Now that he’s back from a hernia problem, the American told Stoke’s YouTube channel that he is no longer a right-back and the club is aware of where he wants to play.
Oct 22, 2014, 10:51 AM EDT
Rog and Davo gain whiplash from QPR-Liverpool, and the Jurgen Klinsmann-Don Garber saga.
Oct 22, 2014, 10:28 AM EDT
After 10 years with the club, Gourlay has stepped down.
Oct 22, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT
The MLS side was eliminated from group stage play on an away goals tiebreaker as Honduran side Olimpia goes through.
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