Monday, July 29, 2013

Get ready to massage your furrowed brow.

It will be a great day when Stuart Holden can escape bad luck for five minutes. That blessed event won't be happening today, however.




- Greg Seltzer

13 comments:

J.D. Springer said...

Every squad has injuries, but imagine a US MNT world where Charlie Davies was never in that horrible car accident and Stu Holden hadn't been butchered by Nigel de Jong and Johny Evans.

Steven Streff said...

JOB and now Stu. What could have been. Poor guy.

Greg Seltzer said...

May as well add Gooch in there.

But if you really want to blow your mind, try considering the 2006 squad with a 100% John O'Brien.

heythisisrobbie said...

What a shame. I feel awful for him; by all accounts he's a great guy.

I would like (and can see) Herr Klinnsman bringing him along as a "coach" of some sort to Brazil.

Tony M said...

re: 2010, I have always said that if Davis obeyed curfew, Gooch landed differently and Jones healed quicker, Bob Bradley would have gone down as the greatest coach in US men's history...

Desert Rat said...

Heartbreaking. Was so happy for him to see him slowly playing himself back towards his old form, and then this.

He's too good a guy. He deserves better than this.

Jacob Klinger said...

@Tony M: Damn. He may still, but a quarterfinal appearance is a safe bet looking back.

dikranovich said...

it might be that the silver lining in this situation is that this is probably the first time in national team history that a player of holdens stature has gone down and it has not derailed the hopes and dreams of the national team.

as recently as 2010 we saw the loss of a player or players and it hurt our chances. the loss of JOB in 2006, as has been mentioned, left us gutted. clearly, the same thing happened due to a none injury related loss back in 98, when we lost our captain for life. there was no coming back from these player losses in the past. heck, we lost ramos in 94 and that was it, and the minute wynalda picked up a red in Italy, that's the minute we lost any real chance. and its not to say these past teams did not put in admirable performances without these key players, because they did.... always

the last couple months should really be teaching us that the direction we are moving in is one in which depth and flexibility will become real assets for soccer in our country.



Greg Seltzer said...

Wow. What the hell is wrong with you?

dikranovich said...

Greg, every US fan hurts terribly for Stuart Holden.

Tom said...

Can we kickstart a retirement fund for Stuart Holden?

Tom said...

Which isn't to say that he will retire, just that I feel so badly that he's been unlucky enough to lose so much time off his career.

Paul Poenicke said...

Lots of love for Stu. Hope he doesn't follow the likes of JOB, Gooch, and others. Hope, grit, and time (he is still young enough) are on his side. If not--and that would be truly horrendous--he might be a great addition to the pressbox or a face for the game stateside.

@heythisisrobbie-That would be a nice gesture from Klinnsman. (And thanks for taking the time to read my earlier lengthy response. Glad things made sense.)

@Dikranovich-A decent point...but it's too early, man. At least start off with a "Hey, I feel bad for Holden...."