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Posted at 1:53 PM ET, 12/12/2010

American soccer players abroad: Stuart Holden scores late winner for Bolton vs. Blackburn

By Steve Goff

Riveting video: After Blackburn scores a late equalizer from a fine build-up, Bolton answers on the kickoff with American Stuart Holden striking the winning volley in the 88th minute.....

How select Americans playing abroad fared this weekend:

Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 0-0 draw with Wigan
Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 2-1 win over West Brom
Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play for Aston Villa
Marcus Hahnemann not in 18 for Wolves' 1-0 win over Birmingham
Dom Cervi and Celtic at Kilmarnock, ppd. (weather)
Dom Cervi and Dundee United (loan) vs. Motherwell, ppd. (weather)
Luis Robles 90 in Karlsruhe's 1-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld

For defenders, midfielders and forwards.....

Oguchi Onyewu not in 18 for AC Milan's 3-0 win at Bologna
Carlos Bocanegra 90 in Saint-Etienne's 2-0 win at Monaco
Steve Cherundolo first 22 (knee injury) in Hanover's 2-1 win over Stuttgart
Jonathan Spector 90 (central MF) in West Ham's 3-1 loss to Man City
Eric Lichaj 90 for Aston Villa
Frank Simek 90 in Carlisle's 2-0 loss to Dagenham & Redbridge
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland on winter break
Edgar Castillo and San Luis season completed
Clarence Goodson and Start season completed
Hunter Freeman and Start season completed
Clint Dempsey 90 in Fulham's 0-0 draw with Sunderland
Michael Bradley 90 in Moenchengladbach's 3-0 loss at Freiburg
Stuart Holden 90 (goal) in Bolton 2-1 win over Blackburn
Maurice Edu not in 18 for Rangers' 1-1 draw at Inverness
Jermaine Jones not in 18 for Schalke's 1-0 win at Mainz
Ricardo Clark in 18, didn't play in Eintracht's 1-0 loss at Cologne
Jose Torres 72 in Pachuca's 1-0 loss to Mazembe (Club World Cup)
DaMarcus Beasley not in 18 for Hanover
Sacha Kljestan 57 in Anderlecht's 0-0 draw with Lokeren
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus on winter break
Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro season completed
Marco Vidal in 18, didn't play for Pachuca
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek season completed
Jozy Altidore in 18, didn't play in Villarreal's 1-0 loss at Getafe
Eddie Johnson 18 minutes for Fulham
Mike Grella 21 for Carlisle
Conor Doyle 4 in Derby's 2-0 loss at Bristol City
Herculez Gomez 17 for Pachuca
Sammy Ochoa and Tecos season completed

By Steve Goff  | December 12, 2010; 1:53 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  Americans abroad  
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Deft touch at full sprint by Holden . . nice!

Tell me again why he hardly saw the pitch in South Africa?

We were so gassed by the Ghana game, he clearly would have helped.

Posted by: delantero | December 12, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Something about a broken leg, as I recall.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | December 12, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Classy finish there!

Posted by: jrfath1 | December 12, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Great goal by Holden. That is some lovely technique, both on the first touch and the strike. You gotta imagine Bradley switches to three in the central mid, there is no way you keep Holden off the field. In addition, I am starting to believe that Holden offers a range of passing that neither Jones or M. Bradley possess.

That being said, I think the best line up is either a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1 that includes Bradley, Jones, Holden, Dempsey, Donovan, Altidore in the mid.

Posted by: grubbsbl | December 12, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse


Holden was healthy, though he hadn't had much playing time going into the Cup. Why didn't we see more? Clark, Edu and Bradley were the only choices that Bradley took seriously in central midfield, and Dempsey and Donovan had a lock on the wings. Torres got a look-see, but that didn't last long. Should Holden have seen more of the pitch? Without a doubt. Hindsight is 20/20, but Coach Bradley definitely could have made better choices.

How's Jermaine Jones doing with Schalke's reserve side?

Posted by: fischy | December 12, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

College Cup concludes with an epically futile flurry in front of Akron's goal. Horton's going to have nightmares for a long time about that shot.

Posted by: benonthehill | December 12, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I am taking the liberty of reposting something that I originally posted a month or so ago:

Central Arkansas defeated Houston Baptist, which beat Oral Roberts, which topped IUPUI, which bested Cleveland State, which upset Akron. So I guess the Bears, who finished their season with a 3-13-0 record, must be feeling pretty proud of themselves tonight. (This is what is known as Slippery Rock logic.)

Posted by: universityandpark | December 12, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

@benonthehill, I know. Horton did so well to take a touch and compose himself but then his shot was the complete opposite. It was rushed and muffed. I can't really judge seeing how I scored 0 goals in four years of college soccer. I would have attempted it one time and shanked it way wide.

Props to Akron though, they were the best time I saw all year. And yes, I would usually watch the FSC weekly game.

In terms of DC drafting options, I was unimpressed by Nagbe. Yes he has speed but I think he lacks composure for the top level. Ampaipitakwong is a player, though I just wonder if his build hurts him in the ultra-physical MLS. His tec is miles better than say Jeff Lorwrenowitz but I can see that big old red head snapping Ampaipitakwong like a twig.

Posted by: grubbsbl | December 12, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Mortgage rates are historically low you can easily refinance these days your mortgage to 3%. It is the best way to save money. Search online for "123 Mortgage Refinance" they did 3.54% refinance and free analysis of my current mortgage

Posted by: marybaskin | December 13, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

I wish Holden was fully fit for the WC. I think that Bradley could have played him and pushed Dempsey up top alonside Altidore.

Posted by: Golden_Child | December 13, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

I'll echo what everyone else wrote about the pass, run, touch, and strike. Sweet. Thanks Steve and Jacob for the videos.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 13, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Soccer America reports that George Tarantini is retiring after 29 years (25 as head coach) at N.C. State, where he coached Tab Ramos, Roy Lassiter, and Pablo Mastroeni, among others.

Posted by: universityandpark | December 13, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I will add one more apparent hurdle coming Brad Guzan's way; Aston Villa apparently are looking to sign German GK Roman Weidenfeller. So after waiting patiently behind Friedel for a while, it now looks like Guzan will be second choice again after Freidel hangs it up. If Villa pick up Weidenfeller, I would expect Guzan to look for a new club.

Also, here's some insight into possible impropriety by FIFA officials concerning the 2018/2022 bidding process:

Posted by: dwreck1971 | December 13, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Fire Guzan's agent!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 13, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Why didn't we see more of Stuart Holden in South Africa? Because Nigel De Jong is a hack.

Posted by: twhamlin | December 13, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

@marybasin -- How can you say that, now? That's no longer true. Where do you get your info? Mortgage rates are climbing. Take your pitch over to one of those other soccer blogs where they buy into all kinds of rumors and bogus speculation.

Posted by: fischy | December 13, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I've been saying this since before Stu had his leg broken, Holden is the future of US Soccer. Other than Feilhaber, he has better vision than anyone on our team by a mile. He also has great touch, runs his butt off and can finish.

Posted by: CYork1 | December 13, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Allardyce is gone... thanks in part to the defeat to Bolton yesterday. Well done, Stu! :-)

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | December 13, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

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