Another Gringo Stymies Rooney and Co.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney wipes his head during their English Premier League soccer match against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, northern England, September 26, 2010.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) NO ONLINE/INTERNET USAGE WITHOUT A LICENCE FROM THE FOOTBALL DATA CO LTD. FOR LICENCE ENQUIRIES PLEASE TELEPHONE ++44 (0)

For the second time in as many weeks, an American helped his squad draw with powerhouse Manchester United. Two weeks ago it was Maurice Edu who bagged the unexpected result. Today, Stuart Holden and Bolton took their turn frustrating England’s storied club, as the two sides played to a 2-2 tie. Bolton may have gone on top twice, but they certainly weren’t the aggressors. In fact, Bolton attempted only 181 passes, quite minuscule when compared to Manchester’s 462.

Holden’s performance reflected his squad’s strategy. To wit, here are his passing stats for the second half:

by Guardian Chalkboards

Like his teammates, Holden was more concerned with bottling up United than assuming the attacking initiative. Despite the lack of offensive firepower, the American did have an efficient match. He spent much of the game sitting ten yards in front of his own box, forcing United to seek space on the wing, and when the opposing midfielders moved into the box, Holden tracked their movement and cleared dangerous crosses. On the few occasions Bolton had an extended period of possession, Holden made intelligent runs into the box. Had right back Johnny O’Shea not cut off Stuart’s 78th minute run, Holden likely would have scored.

Gringos, what did you think of Holden’s disciplined showing? Has he shown enough to earn a start in October against Poland?

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  1. Bradley's Receding Hairline says:

    I think he deserves a start. Let’s hope Bob feels the same.

    I do wonder where he’ll play. I know that in your last state of the us you proposed using him out wide.

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