Stuart Holden suffers broken leg

Turns out Nigel De Jong’s studs-up challenge was as bad as it looked on TV.

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Stuart Holden completes move to Bolton

Sky Sports is reporting that Stuart Holden has finalized a move to Bolton Wanderers. Continue reading…

Dempsey Injury: A Look at the U.S. Depth Chart

There’s an interesting article over at the NY Times Goal Blog that looks at who will replace Clint Dempsey for the US if he’s not fit for the World Cup. It’s a good piece, but I do take issue with the main premise–Jeffrey Marcus looks at replacement midfielders (Rogers, Holden, and Kljestan), but I feel that Dempsey should be playing forward, where he generally lines up at Fulham. I realize that Bob Bradley won’t play him up top (other than late in the game), and that a healthy Charlie Davies would push him back into the midfield, but it’s pretty obvious to me that he’s much more effective when he lines up at forward, so it’s at least worth mentioning in the discussion of who replaces him.

U.S. transfer updates: Clark, Holden, Bocanegra, Feilhaber, Johnson

Lots of American transfer updates this morning, so I’m lumping them all together. I’m pulling most of this from the excellent Soccer By Ives

• In Germany, Kicker is reporting that Ricardo Clark has signed with Eintracht Frankfurt until the end of the season, with the club having the option to extend the deal for another three years.

• An article yesterday from the Mirror claimed that Stuart Holden had been passed over by Bolton and was set to sign with Portuguese club Sporting Braga has yet to be confirmed by basically anyone (shocker). And now the Telegraph quotes Bolton boss Owen Coyle saying that Holden could still sign for Bolton. Does this mean that the whole Sporting Braga thing that popped up out of nowhere was completely made up? It wouldn’t surprise me.

Carlos Bocanegra’s loan to St. Etienne could turn out to be a sale because Rennes have already loaned out the maximum number of players.

• There are rumors of Benny Feilhaber drawing interest interest from clubs in Spain.

Jemal Johnson is heading to Stockport County on loan, after struggling for time at MK Dons.

Bolton consider offering Holden contract

Sky Sports is reporting the Bolton is considering making a move for Stuart Holden. The American midfielder had been on trial with the club.

“He’s obviously got talent, good technique and quick feet. We just have to make that judgment about whether he is better than what we have already got,” said Bolton manager, Owen Coyle.

Man of the Match [7.4.09 vs. Grenada]: Robbie Rogers

Man of the Match: While we saw several good performances against Grenada–Stuart Holden, Freddy Adu, and Chad Marshall, to name a few–Robbie Rogers was the clear winner of this match’s honor.  He ran at the Grenadan defense, provided great service, set up two goals, and scored one himself.  His performance is sure to ease some worries about our depth on the left wing.

Goat of the Match: Anyone who decided to bring a vuvuzela to the game.  Never again.

USA announce Gold Cup roster

GOALKEEPERS – Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Troy Perkins (Valarenga), Luis Robles (Kaiserslautern)

DEFENDERS – Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Jay Heaps (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaellands), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock)

MIDFIELDERS – Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Sam Cronin (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)

FORWARDS – Freddy Adu (Benfica), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United)

Hmmm…

I’ll spare you the extensive commentary, but am I the only one who thinks there are a few head-scratchers in there?  When Jay Heaps is your second-choice B-teamer, maybe it’s time to start looking to the future and give a younger prospect a look.  I simply can’t wrap my mind around the concept that we might ever rely on someone like that in a meaningful international match.  I’d take a out-of-position, beach-soccer fit John O’Brien over Jay Heaps (OK–I might be taking this a little too far…).