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.
Jul 30, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT
The Red fall nine points back of second place United in the Eastern Conference.
Jul 30, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT
24-year-old defender loaned out for the seventh time.
Ugly scenes in Northern Ireland as Mexican U-19 player attempts to kick opponent’s head during Milk Cup brawl
Jul 30, 2014, 7:29 PM EDT
Game is eventually cut short after a yet unnamed player aimed at the head of a fallen opponent.
Jul 30, 2014, 6:46 PM EDT
Atlético’s interest could develop into Chicharito’s best option.
Jul 30, 2014, 5:58 PM EDT
Nick De Santis will stay with the Impact, albeit in an administrative role.
Jul 30, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT
Everton’s leading scorer returns to Goodison on a permanent basis.
Jul 30, 2014, 4:01 PM EDT
With immediate effect, U.S.’s women’s league will pause mid-half if when it’s too hot.
Jul 30, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT
Liverpool roll into town and people freak out! Watch this incredible reaction to Stevie G signing autographs.
Jul 30, 2014, 2:46 PM EDT
Reports from Texas state Jurgen Klinsmann’s side are playing Colombia in September.
Jul 30, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT
Union grab Algerian goalkeeper Mbolhi, throw MacMath’s future in doubt.
Jul 30, 2014, 1:42 PM EDT
One of the most influential men in world soccer passed away on Wednesday at the age of 82.
Jul 30, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT
After success at the 2014 World Cup, vanishing spray is coming to the PL.
Jul 30, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT
Shaw: “I didn’t come into United thinking it’s going to be much harder and that’s something I made a mistake on.”
Jul 30, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT
Ronaldo flexing the abs as he is set to appear in the largest-ever Men’s Health front cover campaign.
Jul 30, 2014, 11:18 AM EDT
United make it three wins from three on their U.S. tour. Watch the highlights from Van Gaal’s men in action.
Jul 30, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT
Will United splash the cash to sign Vidal in central midfield?
Jul 30, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT
Lukaku set to sign for Everton from Chelsea.
Jul 30, 2014, 9:11 AM EDT
United to splash the cash? Lukaku on his way out of Chelsea? All the latest gossip, right here.
Jul 30, 2014, 8:27 AM EDT
Toure: “My decision is that I will stay at Manchester City for as long as possible.”
Jul 30, 2014, 7:48 AM EDT
After losing the PL title late in the season, then England being knocked out of the World Cup, can Gerrard bounce back?
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