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Stuart Holden Diagnosed with Torn ACL in Right Knee

CHICAGO (July 29, 2013) — U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Stuart Holden has been diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee following an MRI evaluation Monday in Chicago.

Holden will consult with the medical teams of U.S. Soccer and Bolton Wanderers to formulate a treatment plan.

“We are absolutely devastated for Stuart,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “He is such a great part of our team on the field and the locker room. He worked tremendously hard to recover from previous injuries and had really come back into form. He was fully prepared to head back to Bolton and challenge for a starting spot. Now he will have our full support as he goes down this road again, and we will be with him every step of the way.”

Holden suffered the injury in the 18th minute of the USA’s 1-0 win against Panama in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup final. He had recently returned to the National Team, making his first appearance in more than two years when he entered as a substitute on May 29 against Belgium. 

U.S. MNT vs. Belize: Post-Match Quotes - July 9, 2013

U.S. MNT Head Coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
Opening remarks:
“First of all, thank you to a fantastic crowd in Portland. It was wonderful to experience, and the players were curious how it would be. It lived up to the expectations. We took it seriously, and the team was focused and wanted to get the goals, and they did. Therefore we are very satisfied.”

On the performance of Chris Wondolowski:
“A goal scorer always comes on in the moments where he realizes the extra work will pay off, and it pays off for Wondo that he is so dedicated and has such a great attitude. He scored his first one the other day in San Diego and followed up with his next ones. That’s what a goal scorer is about, always hungry and doesn’t change his way. It makes us coaches happy, obviously, and he builds his own case.”

On whether he saw if Wondolowski was frustrated with his previous goal drought:
“I never saw him frustrated. Always a hard-working attitude, giving everything he had. He’s just a joy to work with.”

On starting Wondolowski ahead of Herculez Gomez and other lineup decisions:
“The decisions for Gooch (defender Oguchi Onyewu) and Herc (forward Herculez Gomez) were based on the fact that they’ve had knee issues in the past and we didn’t want to risk anything on the turf field. The same thing with Stuart Holden was that if we need you, you’ll come off the bench when things open up a little bit. There are always situations when it’s not that kind of style in the game and others have the opportunity. Wondo realizes every minute he’s on the field that he has an opportunity, and he better take it, and he did very well.”

On staying patient to open up the game against Belize’s defensive stance:
“It’s the normal development of the game. When you play a team with 10 players behind the ball, it will take time to open up space there. In the beginning they’re fresh there, energetic there and ready to play this tournament, so they close every little space they see. It takes patience, and many other games are the same way. We’ve got to just keep the ball moving around. We’ve got to move off the ball fast and efficiently, and I think once you get a bit of a rhythm and you score the first goal, things open up a little bit. Eventually you will break them down because it’s a game of patience. It’s not surprising that it took the first half and hour to grind in a bit.”

On having more of an attacking mentality with this squad:
“It’s constant work. We want to push the ball up into the opponents’ half, even when we play the big nations. We work every time we get together, we work on those principles. We want to find the strikers where the central midfielders pass early enough, playing out of the back. Guatemala in the offseason or Belize coming into the Gold Cup, you have to always follow those principles and work on them. The players understand more and more how we want to build up with the ball in the midfield to the strikers up front. It’s consistent work and it will continue. We’re just trying to improve every time we’re together.”

On when young players such as Jack McInerney will get their chance in the Gold Cup:
“For players like Jack right now, it’s a tremendous learning curve by training every day with these guys and to see the play in his club level versus the National Team. He’s coming along. We see him, we see his talent, and he’s getting more confident every time he’s getting on the practice field. The Gold Cup is a bit tricky because we can only sub three guys. In the two or three preparation games, you throw him in there to get a couple minutes, but now the rules are only having three (subs) and you want to make sure you have the right ones based on what you see in training, and he’s on a good path.”

U.S. MNT forward CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI
On what’s going well in the attack:
“We’re really starting to click. There’s tremendous talent all over the offensive area. We’re just making smart runs and finishing our chances.”

On what it’s like to get a hat trick in one half of a Gold Cup game:
“It’s amazing. It’s a great tournament and I’m honored to get a couple goals and just to get a win though. It really set us up for the rest of this tournament.”

On the difference the past couple games with the ability to find the back of the net:
“I’m confident, relaxed and enjoying it. I was pressing a little too much in the beginning and I don’t think I play my best when I’m like that.”

On being in the starting lineup against Belize:
“I was very excited. Portland has great fans, and I knew it was going to be a heck of an atmosphere. They didn’t disappoint. It was exciting to be out there and I loved it.”

On keeping the attack going against Cuba:
“We have to continue doing the little things – connect our passes, be sharp and continue our movement. When we move without the ball, that really makes us dangerous and hard to mark.”

U.S. MNT midfielder STUART HOLDEN
On tallying a goal and the growing comfort level within the squad:
“It was another good half. It’s nice to get on the score sheet. It’s my first goal back from injury. It felt really good and it’s another tick in the box, and I think I’ve ticked them all. I’m ready to push on now and get better from game to game. As far as a team performance, we can take a lot of positives from tonight and really look at the second game now.”

On his goal off of Landon Donovan’s 50th career assist:
“I saw the ball coming in from the right and I knew that if I made the run in the right spot that he was going to find me. It was a great header and timed it well and I put it away. I told him that he owed me one from giving him one against Guatemala.”

On the next step in returning to top form:
“I think I’m back in that respect. For me now it’s not a matter of being back, it’s a matter of getting better than that. I want to be better than I was before. I want to reach new heights that I didn’t before my injury. In terms of being back, that word is overplayed. I’m there. It’s just a matter of fine tuning and taking it to the next level.”

On what the attack is doing well:
“We’re creating good chances by our dynamic movement. The guys are making good runs and taking their chances well. Balls are being put in good spots, and that’s a testament to the work we’ve been doing and the types of players that we have, really creative players going forward. If we can keep that going, we know the games are going to get harder and we’re not going to score six in every game and create that amount of chances and take some goals. It will help us through the tournament.”

U.S. MNT forward LANDON DONOVAN
On what the offense is doing well to increase the productivity:
“We’re creating a lot of chances. We found out in the first 30 minutes against Guatemala that it’s OK to pass the ball and have the ball, but we’ve got to get somewhere and be effective.  In that game when we put crosses in front of the goal we got goals. Tonight, when we put the ball in front of the goal, we put teams under pressure and we get goals. We’re not the biggest team, but we put teams under pressure and we did that tonight and scored some goals.”

On being able to wear teams down:
“It’s important in games like this to keep going. You have a tendency as a professional when you score a goal or two to take the foot off the pedal a little bit and relax. We don’t want to do that. We want to keep going and pushing, and the more we push in these first couple games, the more space that opens up. Teams can’t play like that against us for 90 minutes, so if you keep the tempo high and you open up space, eventually and you can score goals.”

On what it means to be the first MNT players with 50 goals and 50 assists:
“I’m very proud of it. If you pass the ball and guys don’t score, you don’t get the assist. I’m very aware that there are two parts to that. I get a lot of enjoyment out of helping guys score and seeing guys be successful and happy. When it comes in a victory, it’s even more special.”

Wondolowski First-Half Hat Trick Leads U.S. MNT to 6-1 Victory in Gold Cup Opener Against Belize

  • Striker Becomes Third USA Player to Tally Hat Trick in Gold Cup
  • Landon Donovan Becomes First U.S. Player to Join 50/50 Club, Recording 50th and 51st Career Assists and Notching 52nd Career Goal
  • USA Resumes Gold Cup Play Against Cuba on July 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah; Game Kicks off at 1:30 p.m. MT with Live Broadcast on FOX and Univision

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 9, 2013) – Chris Wondolowski scored three first-half goals for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it opened Group C play of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 6-1 victory against Belize at JELD-WEN Field.

In the first-ever meeting between the two countries, Wondolowski became the third U.S. player to tally a hat trick in a Gold Cup match, joining Brian McBride and Landon Donovan. It also marked the 15th time a MNT player has notched three or more goals in a game.

Donovan became the first MNT player to record 50 career goals and 50 assists when he recorded an assist on Stuart Holden’s goal in the second half. The midfielder notched another assist on Michael Orozco header goal later in the half and also converted a penalty kick for his 52nd career goal.

With the victory, the U.S. took the Group C lead based on goal differential ahead of Costa Rica, which defeated Cuba 3-0 earlier in the night.

The U.S. resumes Gold Cup action when it faces Cuba on Saturday, July 13, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on FOX and Univision. Fans can also follow the live action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. attacked from the flanks heavily in the early going, and the team’s persistence paid off with Wondolowski’s unassisted tally in the 12th minute. Jose Torres crossed the ball from the left side and it was headed toward the goal by Joe Corona. Belize’s Trevor Lennen blocked the shot near the goal line, but Wondolowski buried the rebound from close range for his second career international goal after opening his U.S. account four days earlier against Guatemala in San Diego.

Wondolowski doubled the lead to 2-0 in the 37th minute with a diving header off of Kyle Beckerman’s cross from the right. Belize’s defense was caught flat-footed as Wondolowski timed his run perfectly before launching his body to head the service into the lower right corner.

Belize responded with a set piece goal from Ian Gaynair in the 40th minute when he was left unmarked on Elroy Smith’s free kick attempt from the right side. Gaynair did not need to leave his feet as he found space in between Michael Parkhurst and Kyle Beckerman to head home the cross from eight yards out and cut the U.S. lead in half.

It took just seconds for the Americans to get the two-goal lead back as Parkhurst came right back to launch a cross from the right side to Wondolowski, who rushed in front of Smith and headed in his third goal of the half at the near right post to send the USA into halftime with a 3-1 cushion.

Holden, who came on at halftime, got into the scoring act in the 58th minute. Joe Corona drove the ball to Donovan in the left side of the box and Donovan calmly headed the ball back to the top of the six-yard box, where Holden finished smartly with his right foot for his third career goal and a 4-1 lead. All three of Holden’s international goals have come in Gold Cup competition, adding to his two scores in the 2009 tournament.

In the 72nd minute, Donovan recorded his second assist of the match with a left-sided free kick that sailed over Belize’s Daniel Jimenez to Orozco. The central defender, who was making his first appearance of the year, skied for the header to tally his second career goal.

The USA increased its lead to 6-1 after Belize’s Ashley Torres was called for a handball in the box. Donovan took the subsequent penalty kick in the 76th minute, slotting his shot into the right side of the net as Belize goalkeeper Shane Orio guessed the opposite direction.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. improved to a perfect 12-0-0 in Gold Cup openers. Overall, the USA moved to 7-2-2 this year.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured eight of the same players that opened the USA’s 6-0 victory against Guatemala on July 5 in San Diego, which served as the team’s tune-up for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • The three changes included forward Chris Wondolowski earning the start in place of Herculez Gomez, paired alongside Landon Donovan in the USA’s 4-1-3-2 formation. The other adjustments from the Guatemala win were Michael Orozco starting in place of Oguchi Onyewu at center back alongside Clarence Goodson, and Mix Diskerud starting in place of Edgar Castillo.
  • Six USA players made their Gold Cup debuts: Nick Rimando, Orozco, Joe Corona, Diskerud, Jose Torres and second-half substitution Brek Shea.
  • With his start, the Norwegian-born Diskerud is now officially tied to the United States for his international career.
  • Donovan made his 146th career appearance and is now 18 caps behind all-time leader Cobi Jones (164). Donovan also played in his team-high 29th career Gold Cup game.
  • DaMarcus Beasley, who is wearing the captain’s armband for the 2013 Gold Cup, played in his 105th career game on Tuesday and will tie eighth-place Eric Wynalda (106) with his next appearance. The game also marked Beasley’s 18th career Gold Cup appearance.
  • Stuart Holden made his sixth career Gold Cup appearance when he started the second half in place of Kyle Beckerman.
  • The 12 goals over the span of two games tied for the second most scored in consecutive matches in U.S. history. The record is 15, set in two games in 1993 against the Cayman Islands (8-1 W) and El Salvador (7-0 W). The U.S. scored 12 goals in two consecutive games in their first two home games in 1925 and 1926, both 6-1 victories against Canada.  

-U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Belize
Date: July 9, 2013
Competition: CONCACAF Gold Cup – Group C
Venue: JELD-WEN Field – Portland, Ore.
Kickoff: 8:06 p.m. PT
Attendance: 18,724
Weather: 75 degrees and sunny

Scoring Summary:    1      2      F
USA                            3      3      6
BLZ                             1      0      1

USA – Chris Wondolowski                                       12th minute
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Kyle Beckerman)             37
BLZ – Ian Gaynair (Elroy Smith)                              40
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Michael Parkhurst)          41
USA – Stuart Holden (Landon Donovan)                   58
USA – Michael Orozco Fiscal (Landon Donovan)         72
USA – Landon Donovan (penalty kick)                       76

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 21-Clarence Goodson, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman (11-Stuart Holden, 46); 6-Joe Corona (20-Alejandro Bedoya, 66), 8-Mix Diskerud, 16-Jose Torres (23-Brek Shea, 61); 10-Landon Donovan, 19-Chris Wondolowski
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Edgar Castillo; 3-Corey Ashe, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 9-Herculez Gomez, 12-Sean Johnson, 13-Tony Beltran, 17-Will Bruin, 18-Jack McInerney, 22-Bill Hamid
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

BLZ: 27-Shane Orio; 3-Trevor Lennen (28-Harrison Tasher, 64), 6-Evan Mariano, 7-Ian Gaynair, 8-Elroy Smith, 9-Deon McCaulay, 10-Harrison Roches (2-David Trapp, 46), 16-Ashley Torres (11-Michael Salazar, 77), 18-Evral Trapp, 20-Daniel Jimenez, 23-Tyrone Pandy
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Woodrow West, 5-Kahlil Velasquez, 12-Elroy Kuylen, 13-Dalton Eiley, 14-Andres Makin, 22-Frank Lopez, 24-Lennox Castillo, 25-Devon Makin, 30-Luis Torres
Head coach: Ian Mork

Stats Summary: USA / BLZ
Shots: 26/7
Shots on Goal: 18/4
Saves: 4/1
Corner Kicks: 8/5
Fouls: 7/13
Offsides: 2/1

Misconduct Summary:
BLZ – Trevor Lennen (caution)                      46th minute

Officials:
Referee: Hector Rodriguez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ramon Louisville (SUR)
Fourth Official: Courtney Campbell (JAM) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: Chris Wondolowski  

Gold Cup Starting XI

With the U.S. set to embark on its 12th Gold Cup appearance, we take a quick look back at the numbers from opening day in previous tournaments.

  • The combined record is a perfect 11-0-0.
  • In seven of the 11 tournaments, the United States has opened with a shutout.
  • Number of goals scored in group openers:
    • One goal (2)
    • Two goals (4)
    • Three goals (3)
    • Four goals (2)
  • Eric Wynalda (1996) and Landon Donovan (2005) are the only players to score multiple goals in a group opener.
  • Wynalda scored in four straight openers (1993, 1996, 1998, 2000).
  • Clint Dempsey has scored in three (2005, 2007, 2011).
  • Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley scored in the same two openers ( 2002 , 2005 ), the first when they were each 19 years old.
  • Beasley (2002) and Stuart Holden (2009) each scored their first international goal in a group opener. For Holden, it was also his first cap.
  • Marcelo Balboa scored an amazing bicycle kick to give the U.S. a 2-1 win its inaugural group game against Trinidad & Tobago in 1991.
  • The U.S. has surrendered the first goal four times (1993, 1996, 2002, 2005).
  • Cuba (1998 and 2005) and Trinidad & Tobago (1991, 1996) are the only teams to open twice against the United States.

Five Facts for USA-Panama

Did you know?

- Brad Davis, Brad Evans, and Stuart Holden all earned their first cap for the National Team here in Seattle, and all in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Davis made his debut July 7, 2005, in the opening group game of the Gold Cup. He went on to score the game-winning penalty in the championship match against Panama.

- Evans and Holden both got their first appearance on Independence Day in 2009 against Grenada. Holden became the 45th player in MNT history to score a goal in his first game, while Evans entered in the second half and replaced Steve Cherundolo at right back.

- In the 6-0 win in on Oct. 13, 2004, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Eddie Johnson became the first U.S. player in history to record a hat trick as a substitute

- Four players on the roster have scored against Panama. In addition to Johnson’s three, Clint Dempsey, Clarence Goodson and Graham Zusi all have been on the scoresheet. Goodson scored in the 2-1 loss in group play in the 2011 Gold Cup, then Dempsey knocked in the game-winner in the semifinal.

- With seven goals in this World Cup Qualifying cycle, Clint Dempsey is now tied with Landon Donovan for the all-time lead in U.S. history with 12 overall. He is the only player to appear in all eight matches of this cycle.

Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT vs. Belgium

U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach JURGEN KLINSMANN

On his overall thoughts on the match:
“Obviously a negative result, but I think an important game because it gets us right in our toes now. We know where players are, and we had to jump start these three and a half weeks, having guys come in on Sunday and Monday and throw them into a game right away. There’s a lot we can learn from these opponents. This is why we play teams like Belgium, like Germany, like Russia or like Italy because there’s so much that you can read from those games. Obviously you want to win them and when you lose them it’s not such a big pleasure, but I’d rather play Belgium 10 more times than El Salvador 100 times because that’s where you learn. Therefore, we take the defeat and go to Washington and get more into a flow and more into a rhythm. We will get the rest of our players in - we’re still missing five or six guys - and we’ll make sure we do a better job on Sunday against Germany.”

On if he is worried that losing games like this will hurt the team’s confidence heading into the World Cup Qualifiers:

“Not at all. Those are games that you need to play. There is no player that is going to have sleepless nights over the next couple days. They understand that when they make mistakes they pay for it in a defeat. I don’t think that confidence comes into play there. They understand why certain things happen and then you can correct it. Every day’s work on the training field going through certain elements and principles that help us build toward Jamaica. That is what we are working towards. We want to make sure there is a better flow and a better understanding on the field and better communication for when the games come that we badly need to win. There is no problem with confidence.”

On what he learned today about the competition at center back:
“We want to watch the game first. We want to see how all the goals developed and what mistakes were made because there’s always a series of mistakes leading to goals. We’ll want to analyze that and then we’ll have a better judgment, but I think it’s clear when you have players like Benteke, Lukaku, and Fellaini, the attacking players that have that vision on the field and think two steps ahead, that is the thought process that is so important for our players to learn. I think for them it was really important to see. I won’t go into details now because obviously we want to watch the game and see from the first goal on what was going wrong there.”

On DaMarcus Beasley earning his 100th cap:
“He had a good game. He is so simple in preparing for his job. He knows that his role is to keep his side clean and go forward when there’s an opportunity and to help the guys whenever he can. His energy and his positive approach to it, no matter if you’re 4-1 down, he’s still going. He’s still confident, he still wants to make something happen. Even if it’s in defeat, he still played a very good 100th cap.”       

On playing Germany next:

We want to give them a good game. We are obviously thrilled that it’s our centennial. There’s a lot of history at RFK Stadium, which has a lot of tradition for the National Team. It’s going to be a packed house, so we want to do well. We have four more days now to keep working and get more into a flow, have them settle in and also get the other guys joining us. We want to do much better than we did tonight.

 

“For me, it’s a very nice thing to see my old staff. I built that staff and it’s still exactly the same. At the same time, we have two different missions. They just want to have an end of the season tour, and we want to prepare sharply and precisely for Jamaica. This is our job. We want to go into Jamaica and get points, and then also obviously pick up wins at home. That’s what our focus is, but we will definitely enjoy the game in D.C.”

On both goals coming from set pieces and creating better chances in the run of play:
“We talked about that before the game. We want to try to play simpler out of the back. Here and there we always look for the complicated ball into Jozy, into Eddie Johnson, and into Clint instead of just carrying it through the midfield, just playing it to people’s feet,  moving off the ball and keeping it simple. We made it a little too difficult for ourselves there, and if we do that than people get insecure and the passing gets insecure. We were aware of the strengths of Belgium, their short passing abilities, players that are really good on the ball, and they make you run. What we didn’t do well was playing through, keep it simple, give options to each other, pass the ball around and don’t look for the killer ball right away. We lost far too many balls too early, too easy.” 

On the crowd in Cleveland:

The experience was wonderful. It was a great crowd, and they were really supportive. It was great that we came to Cleveland.

 

U.S. Men’s National Team Defender DaMARCUS BEASLEY

On the loss:
“It was tough obviously. I don’t want to talk about personal things, but we didn’t get the result that we wanted. It’s disappointing. At the end of the day it’s a friendly, but these are games you want to play in. Belgium is a very good team, you guys saw the same. They have a lot of good attacking players and individual players. We didn’t do enough to get more goals, but at the same time I thought our offense looked a little better tonight. We created more chances than usual and we can take positives from that.”

On playing in front of family and friends:
“I had about 19 of them today in the stands so it was good to have them there. Like I said, I always love the continued support that they’ve given me over my career so I’m definitely glad I got to share it with them today.”

On playing two top teams before World Cup Qualifying:
“It’s great, it’s great. Like I said, as players we want to play these types of games, we want to test ourselves against the best in the world and we have no fear going into these games. Obviously we want the result to go our way more times than not, but today they had more than we did. That’s the way it goes sometimes, the way the cookie crumbles, but we can look at the tape and look at our positives and our weaknesses and our negatives and learn from it and get ready for game against Germany.”

U.S. Men’s National Team Midfielder STUART HOLDEN

On balancing the team performance and individual performance:
“It leaves a bit of a sour taste in your mouth knowing your coming into a game where your team is already down 4-1 at that point. I think you try and get out if it what you can personally, but as a team you look to build on that now and obviously we regroup and look to a big game against Germany on Sunday. The real results will matter when we come up in the qualifiers and hopefully those have a different outcome.”

On seeing the contribution he can make:
“Yeah I believe I’m ready whenever I get called upon. I’m trying to look when I’m on the bench on where I can fit in and where the gaps are and the space that I can find, so obviously that all kind of plays a part when you finally do get out there and try and make an impact.”

On playing for the first time in almost three years for the National Team:
“Great feeling on a personal note just to be back with the National Team. As I said it’s a moment and a thought that had kept me going through my rehab in the sense of walking back out with this group. What it means to be a part of your national team and that feeling collectively was a really special one for me, and something that I’ll treasure and that I won’t forget now as I try to push on and get better.”

U.S. Men's National Team Goalkeeper TIM HOWARD 

On the team's style and playing a challenging opponent in Belgium:
“I think that’s the design, to kind of keep challenging ourselves and I think when you challenge yourself at this level you run the risk of doing things you wish you didn’t do a few times. I do I think it is better than playing a team that we can dominate and is kind of a cakewalk for us. I think these games are probably better, and will serve us better in the long run but time will tell.”

On the game being a showcase game and who stood out:
“I thought Sacha [Kljestan] played excellent. For me Sacha was fantastic. He was honest, he was hard working, and he had some good touches. I think his passing was really good, and he has proven over the last three years, being in Belgium, that he has really turned his game up. It’s exciting for us, and he is kind of one of the old guard who knows what this process is about.”

On the defensive performance:
“We obviously at this level need to tighten up. I think anybody would tell you that. Most of the teams are going to come up with fire power, so it’s on us to put the other team on our terms defensively. We should be dictating that. Our line of confrontation, our pressure on and off the ball, whether our back line drops or steps up, those are all things that dictate the tempo of the game.”

 

A crafty winger who can also be deployed in the center of midfield, Holden’s versatility is matched by his increasing savvy and seasoning. While a knee injury kept him sidelined for most of 2011, he nonetheless demonstrated skill and industry that shows great promise. After an outstanding 2009 for the Houston Dynamo, he moved to Bolton of the English Premier League where he worked his way into a regular starting role and has become a team and fan favorite.

  • A challenge from Manchester United’s Jonny Evans on March 19, 2011, ended his season, and a follow-up surgery kept him from making any Premier League appearances in the first half of the 2011-12 campaign
  • Came on as a sub in the USA’s 1-1 draw against England in the 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Appeared in all five games in the second half of the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in 2009, earning starts against Honduras (Oct. 10) and Costa Rica (Oct. 14)
  • Born in Scotland, he became a citizen in 2006 and represented the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing
  • Named Player of the Year for 2011 at Bolton Wanderers

2011: Did not make any National Team appearances while recovering from a knee injury … 2010: Replaced Jozy Altidore and helped seal the important 1-1 draw against England on June 12 in the USA’s opener of the 2010 FIFA World Cup … Suffered a nasty broken leg in the March 3 friendly against the Netherlands, putting him out of action for two months … Captured usssoccer.com Man of the Match honors in the 4-2 loss to Czech Republic on May 25 in Hartford … 2009: Debuted in July 2009, scoring a goal against Grenada to open the CONCACAF Gold Cup … Made 11 appearances, scoring two goals and adding three assists … Made his first World Cup qualifying appearance as a second-half sub against Mexico at Estadio Azteca on Aug. 12 … Featured in all five games during the second half of the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying … Scored two goals in five 2009 Gold Cup appearances … Named to the CONCACAF All-Tournament team along with Kenny Cooper, Clarence Goodson and Chad Marshall … Under-23s: Appeared in all three games during the 2008 Olympics … Scored the winning goal against Japan on Aug. 7 in the Olympics … Started four out of five games in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament, earning an assist in the 3-0 semifinal victory against Canada that clinched an Olympic berth … Under-20s: Made 11 appearances, scoring twice in international matches against Brazil and Denmark … First Appearance: July 4, 2009, vs. Grenada … First Goal: July 4, 2009, vs. Grenada.
2011: Named Bolton Wanderers’ Player of the Year … Recovered from knee surgery to play the full 90 minutes in a League Cup win against Aston Villa on Sept. 20 … Sidelined again to have a follow-up surgery on his left knee … Returned to Bolton for training on Dec. 19 … 2010-11: Made a total of 26 Premier League appearances before a knee injury suffered at Manchester United on March 19 ended his season … Started all 18 league matches for which he was available in the first half of the 2010-11 season … Tallied two goals, including a cracker for the game-winner in the 2-1 win on Dec. 12 against Blackburn … Signed a contract in September that keeps him at Bolton through 2013 … 2009-10: After moving to Bolton in January, injuries stifled his efforts for the remainder of the season … Rehabbed in time to play the final 25 minutes of the last game on May 9 against Birmingham … 2009: Named to the MLS Best XI … Named as an All-Star for the first time in his career … Earned career highs in starts (26), minutes played (2,340) and goals (6) … Following the departure of Dwayne de Rosario, Holden partnered with fellow MNT midfielder Ricardo Clark in the center of the Houston midfield … 2008: Appeared in 27 games, scoring three goals and adding four assists … Named the Houston Dynamo’s Player of the Year and also the Humanitarian of the Year … 2007: Enjoyed a breakout year for the Dynamo, making 22 appearances and scoring five goals with five assists … Scored one goal in Dynamo’s playoff run en route to a second consecutive MLS Cup title ... 2006: Made professional debut for the Dynamo on May 27 … Converted a penalty kick in championship game shootout against New England.
Grew up in Scotland and still visits frequently … Founded “Holden’s Heroes” to help raise money for cancer research … Lists greatest accomplishment outside of soccer as winning the 2008 Dynamo Humanitarian of the Year award … Close with his family, which is based in the Houston area … Favorite soccer memory was making a penalty kick in the 2006 MLS Cup final … Studied business management at Clemson.
College / High School – Played two seasons at Clemson, starting both freshman and sophomore seasons, scoring five goals and earning six assists … Left after signing with Sunderland of the English Premier League … Three-time MVP at Awty International School in Houston and first-team All-State all three years.
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