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USMNT, Donovan and the quest for Brazil 2014

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USMNT, Donovan and the quest for Brazil 2014 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Less than 100 days out from Brazil 2014, the US national team has a lot going for it. Yes, they're in a tough group but they've also improved considerably from the last World Cup, building a strong base and a cohesive team under coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Stu Holden! Klinsmann’s Roster For Belgium & Germany

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Holden ... no more looking at the past!

And there it is. Jurgen Klinsmann going wide and expansive with his camp roster next week. The roster dominated by the return of golden boy Stu Holden and no place for Steve Cherundolo (or Carlos Bocanegra).

GOALKEEPERS (6) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.

Scouting Schedule For This Weekend

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The U.S. coaching staff will be deployed in four different countries this weekend scouting U.S. players as part of the constant evaluation process of the player pool. Here's how it's shaping up:
U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann heads to Seattle on Saturday as the Sounders host New England.

Belize

The After Bar: USMNT 6 - Belize 1 (Gold Cup)

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Photo Credit: Scott Olmos (USA Today)

Wonderful Wondo(w)lowski. The United States men's national team forward got his first goal for his country against Guatemala last Friday and decided he just wanted more. Three more in a 6-1 rout of Belize in front of 18,000+ at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Oregon.

Chris Wondowlowski: Can You Belize It?!

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Shwimmy Shwimmy Coco Puff....

Matt Biggerstaff with a thorough technical analysis of last night's USA-Belize skirmish.

A critical Gold Cup World Cup Non Qualifier (GCWCNQ) was played this evening in Portland, as the US took on Belize. We learned a lot from this game, like the fact you can't spell WIN without Wondowlowski, and you can't spell Wondowloski with less than 4 W's.

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.

NEWS - Baby Bradley... Arrivederci Germany?

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Multiple reports in American soccer media and Italian dailies have U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Michael Bradley leaving Germany for Italy's Chievo Verona.

The Borussia Mönchengladbach man is on the outs and a move to the Serie A was exactly what new USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said was necessary for Bradley when he indicated that Bradley was left off the upcoming international friendly rosters for Costa Rica and Belgium to sort out his club situation.

Stu on an Anti-Gravity Treadmill!

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What more could you want? Stuart Holden and an ANTI-GRAVITY TREADMILL. How cool does that sound? Very cool. Anyway, I've mentioned this contraption before as both Holden and Ricketts are using it as a part of their recovery. It basically allows the players to rebuild their muscle memory (and muscles themselves) with minimal stress on the joint.

The Case For Keane

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Rumors abound that Wanderers have an interest in wayward striker Robbie Keane but it seems that as soon as talk surfaced, fans and media alike said "absolutely not!" Keane hasn't enjoyed the form that earned him a sale to Liverpool a few years back in the last couple of seasons so it is easy to see where the fans are coming from and let's not forget the fact tat his wage demands are simply exorbitant.

Stu’s Shenanigans

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We all must find ways to entertain ourselves in the offseason. Some turn to other sports, pick up crochet, or run a footy academy in Iceland. Other's such as the ever entertaining Stuart Holden, turn to American soccer to fill their time. While working on his rehab in America, Stu took sometime to support his home league and attended the Philadelphia Union-Sporting Kansas City match.

Kevin Davies is the Player Your Mum Fancies Most

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Unsurprisingly, things are a bit slow at the moment. The season is not quite over, but the transfer rumour mill has yet to fully start up. This means it's the perfect time for me to write about the Junior Whites end of the season party, complete with awards as voted by our young supporters. Every year the players attend to pick up any awards they may have won, then sign shirts for the kids, and according to Super Kevin Davies, a jolly time is had by all.

Interview with Tony Meola

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I had the incredible opportunity to interview international superstar Tony Meola this morning. Meola was one of the few American players to make it over to Europe in the 90s and had starting roles for both the USMNT and MetroStars, among others.

Meola is participating in some events in advance of the Argentina game tomorrow (see details below) and we had a chance to talk about the match.

Fulham v. Bolton

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Well this fixture should prove to be at least moderately more entertaining. This weekend, thanks to a replay victory over Wigan, we're playing Fulham at Craven Cottage, hoping to advance to the sixth round of the FA Cup. As Mark put it, we should "expect some hot American on American action" from this match with both Clint Dempsey and Stu Holden playing.

Bolton v. Everton

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This match is a bit of a frightening prospect. After a horrorshow start to the season, Everton are pulling themselves together, and last weekend executed a 5-3 thrashing of Blackpool. Moyes' and his blue boys will be sailing after that elating result. Bolton however still haven't righted the ship after a mid-season dip in form.

Bolton v. Chelsea: A Big Moment

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It's an emotional time for Wanderers fans. We've been suffering a mid-season slump, we've had five away losses in a row, getting only 4 points from the last 5 games. And then, last Saturday the incredibly sad news of Nat Lofthouse's death reached us. The loss of a legend, the one man that embodied Bolton Wanderers more than any other, has shaken the club from top to bottom.

NEWS WATCH - Stu Holden Named "Prem's Best Player" at Mid-Season

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Supporters of Stu Holden, the USMNT player and former Houston Dynamo star, have been singing the midfielder's praise all season for his breakout role with Bolton. Now Holden, in his first English Premier League season, is also getting recognized by the fans there as well.

Readers of "The Guardian," using their average player ratings for each EPL match, have chosen the American international as their "best player so far this term".

Manchester City 1-0 Bolton

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Well, we had to lose at some point I suppose. After an unbeaten November, the first game of December brings us a lackluster loss. As losses go, there have definitely been worse. We didn't deserve a win, but we didn't play hopelessly either, and despite having roughly 86 minutes to put the game away, City never converted one of their myriad chances.

Wolves 2-3 Bolton

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Look where we are, Wanderers. A third of the way through the season, 19 points, a positive goal difference, in 5th place. Last season after 13 games, we were in 18th after conceding 15 goals and only scoring 1 in our last 4 games. Despite what Gary Megson may have said, we are a massively improved team.

VIDEO: ESPN Interview With Stu Holden

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The American International is making waves for England's Bolton and ESPN has the scoop. Check out their interview/profile of the USMNT 2014 midfielder, Stu Holden.



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Updates On Bolton’s Stu Holden

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• Holden re-ups with Bolton through 2013. Good move for the 25-year-old who has more than solidified his starting spot. I smell a captaincy in a year or so.

• Bolton manager Owen Coyle on Holden getting beat by Michael Owen for a score that allowed Man United to draw Bolton last weekend:

"He's feeling a little hard done by because of that, but I can't complain too much because Stuart has been magnificent for me since day one.

Yanks Abroad: Week of September 5-11

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Bolton @ Arsenal 9/11/10 Stu Holden was understandably excited heading into the match with Arsenal, however after the match I don't believe Stu would say it was an enjoyable afternoon. Holden started and played all 90 minutes for the Trotters, however the 3 fouls he took were not enough as they fell 4-1 at Emirates Stadium with nearly 60,000 in attendance.

Contest Entry: Bolton Wanderers FC

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Our second published contest entry comes from reader Mark Yesilevskiy, a longtime reader and bright soccer fan and player from TYAC Pop Culture Guru Puck's neck of the woods, Rochester, New York. When he's not cheering on the Philadelphia Union or the hometown Rochester Rhinos, Mark is a fan of USMNT midfielder and Abercrombie hearththrob Stu Holden's EPL side, the Bolton Wanderers.

US Men's National Team

France 1, USMNT 0: Klinsmann Does His Best Bob Bradley, Except Not As Good- TYAC’s FInal Word

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By Garrett McInnis Prior to the France match, I had completely unrealistic expectations. The same can be said of my expectations for Jurgen Klinsmann's first few months as manager of the National Team. I think it's safe to say that most American soccer fans got a little too excited by Klinsy's hire. Having said all [.

Yanks Are Coming Presents Our First 2014 Top Twenty Three USMNT Players

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By Garrett McInnis As we parse through the lineup selected by Jurgen Klinsmann for the November friendlies, we at The Yanks are Coming think it's a perfect time to debut a new series of posts titled "The Top 23."Â In essence, this will be a running tabulation of who we (the contributors at TYAC) think [.

Admire USWNT for Being An Exceptional Team with Great Athletes– Don’t Use Them to Justify Poor Laws Like Title IX

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By Dr. Raf Crowley What I am about to write today may incense some – for this I do not apologize. If you are offended by what I write, open your mind and try to think independently. For the self-proclaimed feminists that read and lament Puck's weekly Happy Hour (and are sure to read this [...]

Cherundolo and the Champions League, and Other Yanks Abroad

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By Dru Boyer Not a very exciting week for the Yanks Abroad, although we did witness some hot Yank on Yank action in the EPL. I'll give my player of the week honors to Steve Cherundolo for being part of a 3-1 smack down of Bayern and having Hannover on pace for a Champions League [...]

Long Awaited 1st Annual Yanks Are Coming US Soccer Awards Winners: Part One

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By Neil W. Blackmon, writing from Atlanta A month ago, we began taking votes for the First Annual Yanks Are Coming US Soccer Awards. The idea was to post the winners New Year's Day as a Happy New Year's present to our readers who themselves played a crucial role in determining winners. Quite obviously, we never informed any of you who won the awards.

October Friendlies: Final Thoughts, US-Colombia Player Ratings

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PHILADELPHIA---Three thoughts from the October set of friendlies and then player ratings from last night's nil-nil snoozer against Colombia. Keep in mind the thoughts are from both games, not just last evening. First, Jermaine Jones is a nice player, and yes, he would have helped us this summer in South Africa, but let's not get too excited about a 28 year-old, injury prone box-to-box midfielder just yet.

US Soccer: 2014 Midfield Corps Hitting Their Stride

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The European club season is just a couple weeks old, but the predominant projection for the next USMNT World Cup squad already looks to be taking hold. Two weeks does not make a season, let alone a four year long body of work, but the theory that the strength of the 2014 Yanks will be the in-its-prime midfield looks solid.

Team News

Houston Dynamo v. Bolton Wanderers

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Coyle, SKD, and stu st the Houston Dynamo presser

One win and one loss are the results tally for Bolton Wanderers as they are two-thirds of the way through their tour of the United States. The 1-0 loss to an in-form FC Tampa Bay was quickly avenged with a 3-1 victory over a tired Orlando City SC.

Bolton’s American Roster

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Yes, out of the 30 photos from training in Orlando, I chose this one.

It's no secret that this hasn't been exactly the most exciting summer for the Bolton Wanderers, and any news is at least vaguely interesting. I mean, I read an interview with the kitman earlier today. I know exactly how many ankle socks they brought to America.

Bolton Add Third Stop To American Tour 2011 – FC Tampa Bay

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Earlier, Matilda reported that Bolton had added another friendly date with another American side. We now have a date for the match and it will take place on July 14.

The Tampa Bay team, that originally existed as the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the original North American Soccer League from 1975 to 1984 was reborn alongside the NASL in 2010.

Stu Holden Wins BWSA Player of the Year-UPDATED with Video

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Really, it had to be him. The Yank lit up the Reebok this season, putting in great performance after great performance. He orchestrated our midfield, sending promising balls through to his strikers and wingers. He worked hard, making tackles for every ball that he lost and then some. He celebrated every goal his teammates scored, and got a few of his own back.

The Rest

The Gold Cup Cometh: Will 2014 Squad Men Follow?

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Off-year Gold Cups make players, not teams.

There will be misspellings and you will deal with them. :>

The off-year Gold Cups are always, well, entertaining. Last cycle's off-year 2009 gave us the further emergence of Charlie Davies, the rightful gushing over the fair-haired guy from Houston (Stu Holden) and the folly of a flailing Luis Robles against Haiti.

Pounding Capri-Suns and Hi-C’s: Your Americanized Weekend Preview

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By Neil W. Blackmon In the wake of a busy midweek featuring more MLS roster-shuffling, the return of Charlie Davies and of course Champions League and Europa tilts, we have an FA Cup weekend in England highlighting a less than full, but still juicy, slate of soccer action across the pond. Everyone that comes to [.

News Round Up: Things Aren’t Happening

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Well, some things are happening, but they aren't very interesting. Actually, they're just mostly angry-making. Then again, with my volatile temper, most things are angry-making (you can't tell whether I'm being sarcastic or not. ha). It is at this point in News Round Up when I always wish it had a theme song.