Posts Tagged ‘Stuart Holden’

PPL Park under construction, photos courtesy of Philadelphia Union

Another sponsorship deal for Philadelphia Union, with Coca-Cola and Dasani set to be the soft drink and bottled water sold at games. Meanwhile, you can see more photos of the Union’s stadium here.

U.S. international Stuart Bolden will get a contract extension at Bolton despite breaking his leg in Wednesday’s international friendly vs. the Netherlands.

The Seattle Sounders have signed Swiss international Blaise Nkufo, who has scored 111 goals in 213 games for Dutch club FC Twente. Big signing for the Sounders, otherwise known as the new favorite to win the 2010 MLS Cup.

Landon Donovan and Jozy Altidore will share the same field Sunday for the first time since Altidore left MLS as Everton and Hull City face off. Here’s the weekend TV rundown.

Manchester United’s Michael Owen is out for the season after leaving Sunday’s League Cup final with a hamstring problem. When you’re Michael Owen. , hamstring injuries require operations.


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The US loses to the Netherlands in Holland by one goal. Coming away with a 2-1 loss to a full strength Dutch side at home without some of your key players is a pretty good result in my book. I thought that there were positives to take away from the game. I also like that Bob Bradley was able to use all of his 6 substitutions.

The positives were that the US walked out of Holland only having lost by one goal, especially when both Dutch goals were a bit lucky. The foul on Sneijder was foolish, but Sneijder obviously dove on the play. I think the referee could easily have waved play on. In addition Klaas Jan Huntelaar’s goal went in off an unlucky deflection. Beyond that I liked how the US pressured over the entirety of the field on many occassions. I thought the US looked like it could play against the Dutch even if they were on their heels a bit. Furthermore, I like that the US showed again how they will fight the whole game and not give up. It is nice to see the attacking flurries even at the end of the game when you are two goals down. (more…)

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The Philadelphia Union will play the New York Red Bulls in their first MLS Play-in match for the US Open Cup. The match will take place on a still to be determined date in April. The Union will have to win three consecutive matches to reach the round of 16. A description of the Play-in format, which is for unseeded MLS teams, can be found here.

The Philadelphia Union announced yesterday that the away game with the San Jose Earthquakes originally scheduled for Saturday, September 18 has been moved to Wednesday, September 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

JT Noone

The Daily News looks at how Union trialist and former Temple All-American JT Noone is impressing the Union, picks the brain of Fred and has some more to say about Noone.

The Offside Rules has a funny video by Jeff Dryer about “The Meast” – half man, half cheetah – the Union’s own Michael Orozco.

The Union’s manager Peter Nowak players Shea Salinas and Chris Seitzwill will be at Dick’s Sporting Goods Brandywine Store from 1:00pm-3:00pm this Sunday for autographs and photos.

The Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association Workshop will be held on Saturday at the United Sports Training Center in Downingtown, PA, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can save money by registering before hand at the EPYSA website.

MLS commissioner Don Garber wants English Premier League clubs to buy or invest in MLS teams. Yikes.

Stuart Holden’s injury, US women win Algarve Cup, 90,000 at the Rose Bowl for Mexico v New Zealand, and Tevez says Terry would be dead after the jump (more…)

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The MLS Players contract expires today. We will be posting updates as information becomes available. Keep your fingers crossed.

Former New York MetroStars coach Octavio Zambrano recalls how then general manager and CEO  of the MetroStars and current Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz gave him full responsibility on player personnel.

Hope Solo saves two penalty kicks in the USWNT  2-0 victory over Iceland in team’s first match of the Algarve Cup. The US is now top of Group B.

After reading PSP’s Ben Tracy’s wrap up of the US v El Salvador match, you can look the player ratings at goal.com.

In U-17 play, the US crushes Mexico 4-1

Stuart Holden makes his Bolton debut in 0-4 loss to Tottenham in the FA Cup.

FIFA will require most leagues to use a new online transfer register later this year in an effort to control the $1 billion international transfer market.

In a reverse from yesterday’s news, Wayne Bridge says that his position on the England squad is “untenable and potentially divisive” and has ruled himself out of selection for England’s World Cup squad. Note to the US – attack down the left.

Six employees of the bar in which Paraguayan striker Salvador Cabanas was shot in the head have been charged with covering up for the suspected shooter, a fellow employee. The suspect remains at large.

In Europa League action, Galatasaray face Atletico Madrid at 1 p.m. and at 3 p.m. Juventus host Ajax. Both matches are on GolTV. If you missed the USA v El Salvador match you can watch a replay on ESPN360.com.

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Eddie Johnson and Freddy Adu at Aris Thessaloniki

Eddie Johnson was able to score off a well weighted Freddy Adu long pass after both had come as substitutes late in the game for Aris Thessaloniki in Greece. This bodes well for both players. In addition the team was not able to score before the Americans came on to the field. This may signal to the coach that it is time to start both or either of the Americans. Hopefully Eddie and Freddy will start in the next game.

Stuart Holden at Bolton

Although many people seem to feel that this is an excellent move for Stuart Holden, I am not convinced. Stuart Holden is young and talented, but I would not consider him to be at the level of a regularly starting Premier League midfielder. While Bolton is not a great team and is only hanging just above the relegation zone, they still have the quality to be playing in the Premier League. (more…)

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The Inqy catches up with Philadelphia soccer icon Walter Bahr.

The Bucks County Courier Times talks to local product Kevin Tangney, who was drafted by Chivas USA this month.

C. Horridus takes a look at Philadelphia Union’s roster needs, while Match Fit USA breaks down the Union’s youth movement in the amateur draft.

Top Mexican league striker Salvador Cabanas is in critical condition after being shot in the head in a Mexican bar.

The Stuart Bolden watch may be over. He’ll go to Bolton, as will future World Cup opponent, Slovakia’s Vladimir Weiss, Bolton manager Owen Coyle tells Sky Sports.


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It is easy to envy a guy like Stuart Holden. He’s young, good-looking, and possesses great talent for a sport that many of us are unhealthily obsessed with. He has just finished his contract with a team which plays in a league that his talents have outgrown. He is ready for a new challenge. He is one of the most promising young players in an improving USA squad. He is available on a free transfer. He is, in short, a hot commodity.


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