United States Men's National Team

Donovan Could Do It

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There's precedent for a Landon Donovan comeback to soccer, though mostly in a different sport.
In a way, it's comparable to how Michael Jordan retired from basketball to play baseball for a while before coming back to basketball.

No, I'm not saying LD in soccer is anywhere near what MJ was to basketball - it's more that when MJ came back to play basketball, he could still do so at the NBA level.

USMNT Daily Update: Holden on the comeback trail, but patience remains key

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Stuart Holden resumed full training with Bolton on Thursday, a major step in his return from a knee injury that has cost him most of the past year and a half. Despite the fact that he hasn't worn a U.S. national team uniform in more than two years, U.S. fans still clamor for his return every time there is some hint of a chance he will begin playing again.

Stu Holden

Stu Holden: Back in USMNT Camp–From Radar To Roster

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Holden rocks the mesh against Haiti, Summer 2009

Late last night in a release on US Soccer, Jurgen Klinsmann through gasoline on Stu Holden's slow nearly three year burn to rejoin the USMNT senior squad in a meaningful capacity.

After Bolton handled him this year appropriately with kid gloves and Holden excelled in a short stint at Sheffield United, Klinsmann stated that Holden will be back in full effect this summer.

Stu Holden Back On The Attack For Bolton

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Holden out hope for 2014...

Seventeen minutes of FA Cup action.

And Stu Holden came through unscathed. For a fan base who has witnessed "delivers to the promised land" get cut down over the years Charlie Davies, John O'Brien Holden back on the pitch and with time to build his fitness, experience and resume in advance of World Cup 2014 is terrific.


Holden makes Bolton’s FA Cup squad vs. Sunderland

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It has been 22 long months on the road of recovery for Stuart Holden, but the finish line is finally in sight.

Holden was named to Bolton Wanderer's game-day roster for the club's FA Cup replay against Sunderland on Tuesday, marking the first time he will be in uniform for Bolton's first team since suffering a broken leg in March 2011.

Holden progressing

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Speaking to the club's official site, Bolton manager Owen Coyle said midfielder Stuart Holden was continuing to push to full fitness. "It's one of those ones that we have to do in Stuart's own time," he said. "We have to give him as much time as we can until he feels that both physically and mentally it's time for him to step things up.

I hate to do this, but...

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You may have recently seen this article or one like it claiming that Stuart Holden was resuming light training with his Bolton teammates. Sounds wonderful, right? Small problem: the club just told me he is still doing his rehab program back in America.English tabloids... always there when you need to wrap a fish.

Wheeling and Dealing: Picking up Players on the Cheap from Relegated Clubs

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Relegation isn't nice for any club whatever level they're at. It wasn't nice for Newcastle to go down a couple of years ago, it wasn't nice for Villarreal to go down in La Liga this year and it can't have been nice for Darlington to be relegated 4 divisions because of financial problems. Whatever the reason for relegation be it financial or just a poor season relegation is detrimental to every club that experiences it.

Stuart Holden: Webchat Worldie

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If you haven't been following Stuey Holden's series 'No Holden Back', you should be ashamed.

Not only does the Bolton beauty offer us a general insight into his world as he recovers from his heinous injury, in this particular episode we get a sneaky peek of his his shower routine (1:45),  mirror pout (2:03) and what he uses Skype for (2:44).

Holden talks Bolton, Dempsey, soccer in the USA and more in BBC interview

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It has been a frustrating season for U.S. international midfielder Stuart Holden, who has had to face another long-term injury while trying to build on his early success in the Premier League. That injury has not changed his stature as one of Bolton's more important, personable players, though.

Video: Questions For Holden

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US National Team and Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden answers question that don't necessarily involve soccer. Courtesy of Kick.

Fabrice Muamba se desmayó :: FA Cup Bolton

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El volante del Bolton, Fabrice Muamba, fue llevado de emergencia a un hospital después de desmayarse el sábado en un partido contra Tottenham por la Budweiser FA Cup.
Muamba se desplomó a los 41 minutos y los médicos entraron de inmediato a la cancha con un desfibrilador para atender al futbolista de 23 años.

English Premier League

2012-13 Championship Promotion Race Predictions

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One of the toughest challenges in football is the race to win promotion to the Premier League from The Championship. The rewards for just one season in the top flight are reported to be worth in excess of £100 million, thus, it is understandable why each of the 23 teams in the second tier want to get out!

Stuart Holden: Kickette Covert Operative (In Training)

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Filmed prior to USA vs. England WC 2010.

From one point of view, Stuart Holden's work in exposing teammate Jay De Merit's alarming choice in shower songs is faultless. He operates with stealth, a nod to the impropriety of his actions. Once busted, he neatly defuses the situation with a little light harmonising.

Top Soccer Stories OF The Day – 6 April 2012

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Sir Alex previews QPR, Mancini talks about the title race, a preview of the upcoming MLS weekend, and much more lead today's top stories. Links for all stories below will open in a new window.

Sir Alex says Manchester United won't take QPR lightly (Guardian.co.uk)

Alex McCleish confident Aston Villa will avoid relegation (Guardian.

Stuart Holden: Silly With Sushi

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Let's just get this straight, KCKRS boys. Stuart Holden, his trembling thighs, his cute bro, his Superman cossie (plus any accompanying tongue) and his post injury care plan are ALL ours.

Got it?



TSG’s Azteca Roster: Being Klinsmann

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Few remember that three years ago, it was a trip to Azteca that was the coming out party for Stu Holden on the USMNT "A" team...

TSG usually goes the route of trying to predict what the head coach, manager, or front office of some club will do. We remove (attempt to remove) personal biases and frankly it's more important in our minds to initiate conversation with our audience on the observations seen to date.

U.S. 2008 Olympics Opponent Japan Qualifies for London 2012

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Freddy Adu was a member of the U.S. squad that beat Japan 1-0 in the 2008 Olympic Games.

Could there be a USA-Japan rematch in the cards for the 2012 Olympic Games? Japan has just booked its spot in London with a 2-0 win against Bahrain and joins South Korea as the two AFC representatives.


Dynamo bring Clark back to Houston

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Ricardo Clark is returning to Houston.Â

The former Dynamo standout central midfielder has re-signed with the club after trying his hand abroad, according to Houston's FOX affiliate, which reported the acquisition as a done deal on Thursday afternoon. Because Clark left MLS on a free transfer, Houston maintained his MLS rights, so he was not subjected to the league's allocation order upon his return.

Geoff Cameron and Stoke City Agree to Personal Terms; Work Permit Pending

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Jesus Ortiz reported today that the Geoff Cameron transfer to Stoke City is done. Cameron will join the Potters in Orlando today. We congratulate Geoff on the next step in his career and thank him for everything he did on and off the field for the Houston Dynamo. Best of luck Geoff, we'll miss you!

Geoff Cameron to Stoke City Deal in the Hands of MLS HQ

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Geoff Cameron is ever so close to joining Stoke City of the English Premier League. The Dynamo support the move, Cameron wants the move, and Stoke City are willing to pay $2.7 million for him (according to a report in the Chronicle). All that remains is for Don Garber and MLS HQ to sign off on the deal, something that is never certain and has been problematic in the past.

MMCB: Let's Talk About Defense and Theoretical Future Things

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Good morning Dynamo fans!...ok, it's the afternoon, I apologize, it's been a busy Monday. On this edition of Monday Morning Centre Back I want to talk about defense, but not in the way you might think.

As of this moment, the Dynamo have the following defenders on the roster: Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron, Andre Hainault, Jermaine Taylor, Corey Ashe, Warren Creavalle, Oscar Recio and Kofi Sarkodie.

Dynamo v Philadelphia Union: Late Ching PK Gives Houston the Win

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It wasn't a 90 beautiful minutes, but it was a solid first half combined with a nice response in the second half that gave the Dynamo a much needed 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union. Goals from Brad Davis and Brian Ching (sure it was a PK but at last he scores at BBVA Compass Stadium) led Houston to the three points.


The moment U.S. fans have been waiting for...

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I'll have a USMNT depth chart update this weekend, but for now enjoy the real prize: Stuart Holden discussing his hair. - Greg Seltzer


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A quick look around Planet Soccer shows just how classy our guys are in an industry full of clinical narcissists, but man does Stuart Holden stick out even in that bunch! The guy's had struggle after struggle off the pitch and when you consider his gut-wrenching injuries you gotta just stand up in front of your computer and clap your hands for him simply for keeping on.

A "Very Special Episode" of...

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We've posted the first two Stuart Holden shows from Kick, and there is no way we'd now skip him going from grocery store to kitchen. Full disclosure: This episode has nearly compelled me to start a "Nutballs" tag. - Greg Seltzer

The Stuart Show

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While you wait for my tales of travel (which may have to wait until tomorrow, to be exhausted-ly honest), enjoy the latest episode of Stuart Holden's Kick adventures.- Greg Seltzer


Video: No Holden Back, Episode 3

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Stuart Holden discusses nutrition, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com's Kick.

Video: No Holden Back, Episode 1

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Stuart Holden gives an update on his recovery from an injured knee, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com's Kick.

The Rest

Belize vs USA 1-6 Highlights 2013 Gold Cup Wondolowski hat trick Donovan Holden Goals Video

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Dynamo at Toronto FC: Dealing With the New and Improved TFC

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The Houston Dynamo have a thing about Canada, since Toronto joined the league in 2007 they've never won north of the border. Not against TFC, not against Vancouver and not against Montreal. The Dynamo have amased a rather unimpressive 0-4-3 record in Canada, but thanks to the ever cyclical nature of sports, they'll get yet another chance tomorrow at BMO Field.

Karalyn West: Fashionable Role Model

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Image: Yachin Parham for MOOZE. See more of the shoot here. Here's Stu Holden's girlfriend, Karalyn West, doing her modelling thang for MOOZE. She looks (as she does 99% of the time) gorgeous and glowing. If anyone can wear an ivory crop top with leather gloves well, it's certainly this chick.

Holden making progress in his return from injury

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photo by Joe Toth/ISIphotos.com


NEW YORK -- To say Stuart Holden is eager to get back to playing soccer would be an understatement.

Holden has not appeared for either Bolton Wanderers or the U.S. men's national team since March 2011, picking up a knee injury in a match against Manchester United before suffering a setback as he neared his recovery last September.

It had to happen sooner or later, didn't it?

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Heaven help us. Stuart Holden now has his own web series - and it's worth watching if just for the opening titles. Nutball.- Greg Seltzer

Lazy Links & Randoms

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Stu Holden is filming his rehab for Kick TV. Highlights include Stu falling into a pool, Stu laughing and Stu doing a multitude of other endearing things in front of his camera woman rumoured to be his girlfriend. Kickette soldier boys and girls gather.


Also on the Kick channel right now for your viewing assessment is one of our own fearless editors.