Holden/Bolton Lose to Chelsea and Liverpool

Stuart Holden (10) of the United States (USA) prepares to take a corner kick. The United States (USA) defeated Panama (PAN) 2-1 during a quarterfinal match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA, on July 18, 2009. Photo via Newscom

Note: Ben and I both had Internet connectivity difficulties over the holidays, which prevented us from writing about Bolton’s midweek clash with Chelsea.

On Wednesday, Bolton lost 1-0 to heavily favored Chelsea. Today, they fell 2-1 to Liverpool. Stuart Holden did his best to prevent the former, though he could do nothing about the latter. During the midweek Chelsea encounter Holden picked up a thigh injury.

Before his exit he gave Chelsea fits.


by Guardian Chalkboards

Though Holden and center midfield partner Fabrice Muamba were outnumbered in the middle of the pitch (Chelsea used a 4-3-3, Bolton a 4-4-2), Holden competed all but four passes from the run of play, an eighty-seven percent completion rate. In defense he was as combative as always, winning four of seven tackles and making two interceptions.

Holden even came close to scoring an equalizer. His 67th minute shot was blocked by Chelsea center back John Terry, who probably could have been whistled for handling the ball. Ten minutes later, Holden’s powerful header forced goalkeeper Petr Cech to concede a corner.

Bolton certainly missed Holden against Liverpool. The 2-1 scoreline was slightly flattering to Bolton, as they rarely had possession for more than a pass or two. If you’d like to read about the match even though Holden didn’t play, you can read my Chalkboard Analysis for USA 10 Kit.

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