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Stuart Holden Interview: Holden making the best of his chances at Bolton

Stuart Holden established himself as one of the United State's best players while playing for Major League Soccer team the Houston Dynamo. Holden made the move to the English Premier League last January. Since his arrival at Bolton, Holden's solidified himself as a top-notch midfielder. (Courtesy Wikicommons/Longbomb)

By Kevin Koczwara

Owen Coyle saw something in Stuart Holden the rest of the English Premier League missed, and he signed the American international after Holden impressed the manager during a trial. Since, Holden hasn’t disappointed the Wanderers’ supporters.

In fact, the 25-year old has taken the Premier League by storm in his first full season in Bolton after playing out his contract with Major League Soccer and the Houston Dynamo. Holden was voted by the fans as the league’s best player for the first half of the season in The Guardian because of his stellar play. With his hard work, pace and skill, it isn’t hard to see why he’s become a fan favorite not only in Bolton, but also across England. Holden has been an integral part of Coyle’s side fighting for a European place next season.

In 28 appearances this season for the Wanderers, Holden’s scored two goals. His two goals sealed important wins for Bolton, but it was his second that established him as a Bolton favorite.

On Dec. 12, Holden ghosted into the Blackburn box in the 88th minute and put home a blistering shot, beating Rovers’ goalkeeper Paul Robinson. The goal sealed a 2-1 win for Bolton in a pivotal derby match despite being a man down after Mark Davies was sent off in the 56th minute, and sealed Holden’s fate in Wanderers fans’ hearts.

Holden took some time out of his busy schedule with Bolton’s winter schedule to speak with The Soccer Guys.

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Holden Impressing This Season for Bolton

Stuart Holden has impressed Bolton manager Owen Coyle and fans of the Wanderers with his work ethic in the midfield. Holden signed a contract extension with the club in September. (Courtesy William Holtkamp)

By Kevin Koczwara

Stuart Holden made the jump from Major League Soccer to the English Premier League last year. Holden decided to let his contract with the Houston Dynamo run out and was given a tryout with the Bolton Wanderers by the club’s new manager, Owen Coyle Coyle liked what he saw from the blond haired midfielder.

Holden signed with the club and hasn’t looked back since.

A leg break in an international friendly slowed down Holden’s progress last season. The tackle by Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands in a World Cup warm up game for Holden and the U.S. Men’s National Team looked to push Holden out of Bob Bradley’s plans for the World Cup in South Africa. But the Aberdeen, Scotland native made leaps of progress and was able to slot himself in the 23-man roster for South Africa.

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Bert van Marwijk Made Right Decision with de Jong

Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong has come under fire after he broke Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa's leg with a scissor-like challenge over the weekend. Courtesy Paul Blank

By Kevin Koczwara

Nigel de Jong’s tackle on Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa made me cringe. As de Jong slid into his challenge my mind shifted to Stuart Holden. The Netherlands and Manchester City midfielder broke Holden’s leg in a friendly between the United States and Holland on March 3.

Holden nearly missed this summer’s World Cup with the U.S. because he sat out six weeks with a broken leg. He landed on Bradley’s final 23-man roster, but he never saw the field for the Yanks in South Africa.

Xabi Alonso felt de Jong’s pain during the World Cup. He and Holden should head a committee on the Dutch midfielder’s lack of passion and reserve in the middle of the field. Alonso received a Lui Kang-like kick to the chest during the World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands. Alonso continued to play the rest of the match, which Spain won, 1-0, in extra time. de Jong recieved a yellow card from referee Howard Webb for the drop kick. It should have been a red card.

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A Closer Look at The Yanks World Cup Roster

Courtesy wjarrettc Flickr

By Ryan Fleming


Bob Bradley didn’t have much of a choice. He was forced to leave Charlie Davies, the star forward of the United States Men’s National Team and French-side, Sochaux, out of the 30-man preliminary roster, which the USMNT’s manager presented yesterday at 2 p.m.

The young, fiery striker has not played a competitive match since he was seriously injured in a fatal car accident last October. Recently, he has been fueled by a possible World Cup placement on the US squad, but now he’ll have to wait.

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USMNT Announces 30 Man World Cup Roster

By Kevin Koczwara

Today United States Men’s National Team manager, Bob Bradley, announced the 30 players he is taking to Princeton, NJ to train and try-out for the squad for that will be going to the World Cup in South Africa in 30 days.

The USMNT’s final roster can only have 23 players on it come June, but Bradley would like to evaluate what he believes are his best 30 options and see who fits where. Then he will have to make his final cut. Why not just the name 23 he wants to go to South Africa now like some countries are doing? Well, Bradley has a lot of injury concerns to address within the squad. So, he needs time to assess each and every player before he names his final roster.

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Bradley Needs to Drop Bornstein

By Kevin Koczwara

After watching yesterday’s international friendly between the United States and the Netherlands I examined Jonathan Bornstein’s game. I watched him closely as he lined up as the USMNT left-back, once again, and saw nothing new from him. There was little improvement and there were so many major mistakes on his part, one cost the Untied States a goal.

So what happened and why wasn’t Bornstein subbed earlier in the game?

The issue of left-back will haunt the United States until the squad gets to the World Cup if Bornstein continues to get chances out on the left flank. He has shown, time and again, that someone else needs to step up in place of him. And Bradley needs to finally get it through his thick skull that this guy cannot compete on the international level, right now.

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Liverpool Closing in on Jovanovic & Other News

By Kevin Koczwara

Liverpool have been trying to sign a suitable striker to pair along side and back-up Fernando Torres for a while now. The Robbie Keane experiment didn’t work out (but whose fault was that? Keane was not used correctly), and since then Liverpool have been on the market to make a smart, inexpensive signing for a quality striker. That isn’t an easy task, but Liverpool may have finally done it with the signing of Jovanovic, if it is as close as reported. Let’s look into that and a few other news stories other the world of Football.

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