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db707
Post #61
Thursday February 4, 2016 4:55am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 1,016
My favorite national team player in the past decade. What could have been indeed... Wish him the best with his career and family, he definitely can and will still give to the game going forward.

camparkinson
Post #62
Thursday February 4, 2016 6:22am

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 334
Great player, great attitude and always had a smile on his face. A great inspiration and someone who needs to be part of some coaching staff somewhere (if he wants).

Love Stu, maybe best CM of this generation... sad sad stuff.

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #63
Thursday February 4, 2016 7:54am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,517
So incredibly bummed.

I held out hope until the end...hanging on any shred of potential good news coming out of the January camp. Then we find out he had to take a break...obviously the knee wasn't holding up to the rigors of training...just an absolute gut punch when I read he was going to retire.

Rationally you knew it was improbable, but his spirit and optimism just pulled you in and sustained the glimmer of hope he could beat the odds. There is just a deep sadness to see that hope end...in Stu's case it seems unfathomable...feels like the death of an extended family member.

One of my favorite players. I remember hyping him to be brought into the nats on goal.com when I first started posting. I remember being so frustrated that BB was integrating him too slowing.

I always enjoy the bright minds on the field. The guys that make lightning fast positive decisions and make others around them better. I enjoyed everything about his game, the heart and tenacity, the vision, the freakishly accurate passing. Really a tragic shame to have his career cut short by two a**hole challenges.

I'll look forward to his game analysis, especially for nats games and be hopeful that Kinnear invites him at some point to be an assistant coach with the Quakes.

The personification of everything a US Nats player should aspire to be...

STUART ALISTAIR HOLDEN

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #64
Thursday February 4, 2016 3:46pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,467
One bad tackle is all takes...good thing he's already a decent broadcaster, not sure if he aspires to coaching but with a foot in the door at ESPN already he'd better be sure that's what he wants before trying that route.

admsghs27
Post #65
Thursday February 4, 2016 6:38pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 6,060
I can't wait to see the open letter from Adu. It would be interesting to see what he has to say on why he retired.
But good luck to Holden on his Broadcasting career.

kicksNgiggles10
Birmingham
Post #66
Thursday February 4, 2016 7:41pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 572
Was always one of my favs! Thanks for the memories Stu. Best of luck!

YankeeJim
LaLa Land
Post #67
Thursday February 4, 2016 8:36pm

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 7
We beat Belgium if Lanny Cakes is on that sitter instead of Wondo. Not that we deserved it, but Donavan could play under pressure. Wondo, love his effort, should never have been near the national team.

coverby
Post #68
Thursday February 4, 2016 9:38pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 501
Original post from YankeeJim

We beat Belgium if Lanny Cakes is on that sitter instead of Wondo. Not that we deserved it, but Donavan could play under pressure. Wondo, love his effort, should never have been near the national team.


That's two big IFs you're using there. 1) LD is in that position and 2) he makes that shot. I have seen him live miss much easier chances.

Mojofc
Post #69
Thursday April 28, 2016 1:27am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 966
https://thesefootballtimes.co/2016/04/26/the-...

Worth a read and a reminder of what he meant to many at his former club.
Rain, rain, go away Come again another day - USMNT, MUFC
Rey Regicide
Post #70
Thursday April 28, 2016 2:36pm

Joined Sep 2013
Total Posts: 2,001
2010 to now should have been Holden-laden. There was so much optimism when he was at Bolton. I'm glad that they viewed him such a light, he seems like a genuinely good guy.

Jzaval01
Post #71
Thursday April 28, 2016 8:27pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,315
Didnt see much of Prem when Holden was playing but he was apparently on his way to being a top mid in the Prem? It's just tough when this happens.

Our national team has produced or have some very interesting player but due to injury it has ended up cutting their national hopes or slowing them down. Players like Gyau, Gatt, Holden, Boyd, Iceman and quiet a few more.

I hope at least Iceman Gyau and Boyd are on the field at least getting some sort of minutes.
Gyau is at a tough spot in BVB but man i could have seen him at least getting sub minutes or player role minutes if he wasnt injured.
Boyd could have been having the same season as wood but in a team that will be in Bundesliga next season.
Iceman was starting to find his groove before injury with them still playing a 37 yr old Pizzaro i think he would have been right there.

Obviously hopeful but frustrating thoughts at the same time...

snipes87
Cleveland, Ohio
Post #72
Thursday April 28, 2016 11:03pm

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 893
Gyau was getting minutes at BVB when they were decimated by injuries and having a terrible year. People over rate him.
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MSantoine
Post #73
Friday April 29, 2016 11:16am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,723
Original post from snipes87

Gyau was getting minutes at BVB when they were decimated by injuries and having a terrible year. People over rate him.


Although true if Gyau showed well with his chance he would have at least been in the mix last year and this year to get some opportunities

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