ANDREW VORCE - Thursday, May 20, 2010
United States national team midfielder Stuart Holden will look to use the knowledge gained in his short spell at English Premier League club Bolton Wanderers to gain the upper hand in the US' opening game against England on June 12th.

"I think having seen those players week in and week out, and the majority of the England team play in England, it's definitely a help because I'm familiar with the players", Holden told YA after Wednesday's practice session. "If I'm matched up against Ashley Cole, I've seen him play 15 times in the last six months.

"It will be helpful to know his tendencies, and know he likes to attack and get forward and how to deal with that. Knowing your opponent can only help you going into that game."

Holden also realizes that the knowledge is reflected both ways however, with the ever growing popularity of the American athletes plying their trade in the English game.

"Being around the [English] press and the media the US players are at the forefront," added Holden. "They're always talking about Clint [Dempsey], Landon [Donovan], Tim [Howard], Marcus Hahnemann, and myself obviously.

"Any bit of news has been blown up that much more because the US players are even more in the forefront now in England because it's the World Cup. The country comes to a stand still when the World Cup's on.

"They're well aware of who we are and what our threats as well, so it's going to be a good game on June 12th."

There was a doubt if Holden was going to be healthy before the World Cup after the US squared off against the Netherlands back on March 2nd.

Holden was a casualty in the game, fracturing his right fibula due to a Nigel de Jong tackle in the friendly.

"The first week I was back in training I had a bit of a set back and wasn't feeling 100%," Holden said of his injury. "After that, I hit the breakthrough and I've hit the ground running from then and I'm really happy mentally and physically now."

As the Princeton camp continues to unfold, Holden can see the determination in his fellow players as the US coaching staff will have to begin trimming down their numbers to create the final 23 players to take to South Africa.

"Once you step on the field, it's all business," he explained. "There's a lot of experience guys, and that's one thing we stress. We have a great time and we have great camaraderie off the field but once you cross that white line...Even the first two days here have been intense and tackles have been flying in.

"In a sense everyone's competing, but we're all competing for the same goal which is to do well at the World Cup. It makes for a good training environment, there are great facilities here, and hopefully in these last two weeks we can really prepare for June 12th."

One of the benefits that Holden has eyed heading into these last two weeks before the final roster is selected is a good blend of players to create a rounded team.

Holden mentioned the strength of character in both Michael and head coach Bob Bradley, as well as the 'defensive bite' that Maurice Edu shares with his teammate.

"That's one thing with our team is that we have a different variety of players," concluded Holden. "We have guys that are attacking, and we have guys that provide that bite and defensive stability as well."
Tuesday May 25, 2010 1:28 pm
Let's hope they know what they are doing - I mean, it's not hard to find a place in the US with similar altitude/climate. Italy, England and I'm sure others are already at altitude... is everyone saying they DON'T know what they are doing? There must be some advantage. Bob just wanted to bring them to Princeton, period. Could have had these send off games in Colorado or any similar location (with training somewhere nearby).... guess it's a little late now.
Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:05 am
the training staff knows how to prepare physically and at altitude. I think they are doing it exactly right. Brutal cardio training at sea-level, and you get the fast recovery time in your muscles/lungs. Then, when you're in tip top shape, go to high altitude in SA to completely adjust when you have put in the grueling cardio-training already. Everything I've seen is that it takes a week or so to optimally adjust to high altitude. The US will be there and then some **2 WEEKS). Also, the England game is @ only bloody 3,000 feet. A month of super-human cardio, then 2 weeks to prepare and adjust in SA (inclulding a match with Australia) they'll be ridiculously well fit.

also, the qualifcation game in Arse-tekka every 4 years is an entirely differnt animal. First, there just isn't time. They come on international fixture dates and everyone is all over the bloody world on thier clubs.. there isn't much you can do. Fly in 2 days early and try to adjust (it isn't enough) or fly in day of the game when your body hasn't suffered the altitude sickness yet.
Friday May 21, 2010 2:02 pm
Are these the same scientists we've relied on in our quadrennial forays into Azteca?
Friday May 21, 2010 9:25 am
JBD-they will get there in plenty of time to adjust to the altitude. England is losing some early training edge by heading straight up the hill. USSoccer has been researching this ever since the schedule was announced and our top scientists are on it.
Friday May 21, 2010 1:50 am
Im pretty sure this came up before and us soccer has done testing and its better to train like a week or so before the game. If yanks abroad knows anything about this i would be curious as to why they are not training at altitude either.
Dustin, Boston, MA
Friday May 21, 2010 12:30 am
If there is one thing I am not worried about with the US team it is the training staff. The US training team is the best in the world cup. Don't worry about training at altittude, it will make no difference the US team will be fitter than England.
Thursday May 20, 2010 11:29 pm
@JBD. Bob consulted with the US Olympic team and they said they'd get used to the altitude pretty quickly. Plus, they said it would hurt their preparations because they wouldn't be able to train as hard as they wanted to at the start of camp.
Thursday May 20, 2010 11:24 pm
They will arrive in SA in plenty of time to adjust to the Altitude. It only takes a week or so, so there is no reason to train in Colorado.
Thursday May 20, 2010 10:36 pm
Let's hope the tackles aren't flying in too much. The last thing we need is to play a style that draws the dreaded red card.
Howard McCord
Thursday May 20, 2010 8:13 pm
Like to hear about Stu's brother.

Stu needed for our USA team
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