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Klinsmann gives Stuart Holden the exciting news
May 2nd, 2013 11:18PM

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[USA MEN] U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann confirmed that Stuart Holden, who has been absent from the national team for more than two years because of knee injuries, will be recalled for the May-June camp that will be followed by five international matches and for the Gold Cup in July.

“We’ve been in touch with Stuart throughout this whole injury period,” Klinsmann told USSoccer.com. “The last couple of months have given us a lot of positive signals. I spoke to his coach at Bolton, and spoke to his coach at Sheffield Wednesday where he played some very important minutes and games while on loan. He’s on his way back. That being said, we want to have him back in our picture. We are going to bring him for the May-June camp, and also for the Gold Cup.”

Klinsmann said Holden had recently expressed a willingness to get action with the national team whenever he could, even if it meant he'd forgo a summer break with Bolton, which is currently in a battle to enter the English League Championship promotion playoffs.

He finally returned to league action two years after suffering a knee injury from a red-card foul by Manchester United's Jonny Evans in the  English Premier League. The comeback began with a loan spell to relegation-threatened Sheffield Wednesday -- where he made four starts -- and he came on as a late sub for Bolton after his return from the one-month loan.

Holden's initial comeback in October 2011 was short-lived after it was determined he needed more work on his knee.

“We have the backing from his club [Bolton] that we can play him through the summer,” Klinsmann said. “He knows there won’t be big vacation time, and he said, ‘I don’t want vacation anymore. I had one and a half years off!’ So that’s exciting news for us, having him back in the group and seeing him and evaluating where he’s at, and helping him become the old Stuart Holden, and even better because he’s still so young.”

Klinsmann views Holden as a role model for his U.S. teammates and others.

“He’s a tremendous character,” continued Klinsmann. “He’s a positive thinker. He’s a giver, and you need givers on your team. When you go toward the World Cup, you always need to look out for people who are able to suffer and be there for their teammates. Stuart is a role model in that. At the end of the day, it still depends on how good he is and how strong he comes back, and we are excited to see how he does.”

Holden's English Career:
GP/G TEAM (LEAGUE) YEAR
0/0 Sunderland (EPL) 2005-06
2/0 Bolton Wanderers (EPL) 2009-10
26/2 Bolton Wanderers (EPL) 2010-11
0/0 Bolton Wanderers (LC) 2011-12
2/0 Bolton Wanderers (LC) 2012-13
4/0 Sheffield Wednesday (LC) 2012-13

Stuart Holden's Comeback Story:

 



6 comments
  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: May 3, 2013 at 9:21 a.m.
    Strange, Landon Donovan doesn't get the same easy pass back to train with the team?

  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: May 3, 2013 at 9:59 a.m.
    Bingo, Walt. I had exactly the same thought. No knock on Holden of course, but JK does have a tendency to make dogmatic statements about "players in form" and the like and then make exceptions that seem to favor players he likes and punish those he doesn't. May just be a perception problem or his way to "man manage" different personalities, but it is inconsistent. Be interesting to see if he still keeps Donovan out of camp by invoking the "he has to earn his way in" argument. Time will tell.

  1. Alexander Lozano
    commented on: May 3, 2013 at 11:22 a.m.
    Rooting for Holden, who IMO could be a major contributor to USMNT success at Brazil '14! The trio of Donovan, Holden & Dempsey...just the thought of them playing together...brings a smile to my face, regarding the potential of that triumvirate to the USMNT attack!!

  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: May 3, 2013 at 11:33 a.m.
    The difference between Holden and Donovan is that injury kept Holden out and he's been training very hard to get back to fitness the past year. Donovan took a walkabout because he wasn't up to it any more. JK wants players that want to be there and Donovan doesn't just get a hall pass because he's Donovan.

  1. Robert Kiernan
    commented on: May 3, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.
    Oh come on now guys, this ISN'T ABOUT DONOVAN... it's about the fact that a player who was becoming a regular choice to play for the US is trying to return to play with the NATS. Donovan is going to play quite regularly with the Galaxy and very likely will see much time with the NATS this summer, but the salient point here is that Klinsmann and Bolton both seem committed to Holden being a part of the Gold Cup squad and THAT is a very good thing... simply put, Donovan has nothing to prove to require him to be part of THAT side, he will clearly get called in for World Cup Qualifying, but the Gold Cup is a chance for us to test out THE REST of our players pool, and Holden was by far the best crosser of the ball on both Free Kicks and Corner Kicks... I WANT to see him given as much time as he can use in the Gold Cup tournament because it counts for NOTHING, it does not get us into the Confederation Cup this go round, so it clearly is not a life and death matter, but it does give a player like Holden a chance to show whether or not he is back and ready to challenge for a spot with the first string again. ... (ICE)

  1. Aresenal Fan
    commented on: May 3, 2013 at 11:41 a.m.
    Holden if back in form will be of great help, was doing very good in the EPL until he got hurt.


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