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Charity match raised significant money for Hurricane Harvey victims

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On Saturday night, a charity soccer match in Houston, Texas helped raise money for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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The “Kick in for Houston” game was organized by former Houston Dynamo and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Stu Holden — now an analyst for Fox Sports 1. Holden served as one of the team captains, while former NBA star Steve Nash captained the other team.

In total, Holden’s event raised over $239,000 for hurricane relief funds, per the event’s website.

Saturday’s match featured several other notable celebrities and current, as well as, former soccer player, like Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Brian McBride, Mia Hamm and U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Kyle Martino.

The game — which was an 8 vs. 8 fixture — finished 12-12 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Holden spoke after the match about the overall success of the event, and the sort of impact it had for the Texas community.

“Amazing,” Holden said after the game. “If I pictured three months ago after I sent that tweet that this was going to be the turnout… everybody that came, all the athletes, all the people in the crowd, all the work that’s gone on behind the scenes, I can promise you it’s a lot more than it seems.

“I’m caught up in the middle of all this, but I thought this was an amazing, amazing night, and I hope to do another of these in the future.”

Additionally, Holden and Co. will be auctioning off game-worn kits from Saturday’s game to also benefit hurricane victims.

U.S. Soccer adds new bylaw requiring standing during anthem

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U.S. Soccer has changed its national anthem policy regarding in the wake of Megan Rapinoe’s controversial decision to kneel during the performance of it last summer.

Rapinoe opted to kneel in solidarity with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s stance on racial inequality, adding that she felt the measure also protested injustices against the LGBTQ community in the United States.

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Here’s Stu Holden’s Twitter post. He was asked of any consequences by Grant Wahl, and says USSF president Sunil Gulati said there is no preset punishment.

VIDEOS: Stu Holden, media react to Bob Bradley’s hiring at Swansea

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The top story in English football today is the first hiring of an American to manage a Premier League team.

Bob Bradley is taking over Swansea City.

As such, the PL has turned to a man who’s played in England’s top flight and for Bob Bradley, longtime USMNT midfielder and Bolton star Stu Holden.

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“Bob Bradley’s probably the best coach I’ve ever played for in terms of organization,” Holden said. “He just knew how to get the best out of his players.”

Holden says Bradley’s coaching style “fits the Premier League to a T”.

From the Swansea angle, the PL media crew takes a peek at what’s behind the quick fire replacement move in the video below.

WATCH: U.S. based Bolton fan gets wedding surprise from Stu Holden

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Shortly after his wedding, Buffalo resident and massive Bolton Wanderers supporter Mark Yesilevskiy got a huge surprise thanks to a good friend in the media and his newly-minted wife.

Yesilevskiy, who started the blog that is now SB Nation’s “Lion of Vienna Suite”, is as big a Bolton fan as you’ll find this side of the Atlantic (and he might give many Bolton supporters in Greater Manchester a run for their money, too).

Jenny Yesilevskiy conspired with Fox Soccer’s Kayla Knapp to get a special message to Mark via current broadcaster and USMNT veteran Stu Holden, who is beloved at Bolton.

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Mark was contacted by LoVS’s Chris Manning with the seemingly innocuous request for some photos of him as a Bolton fan in the United States. That was obviously part of a much bigger plan, and the bridal party snuck Mark away from the reception hall for a private screening.

“They brought my laptop from home, and they pulled it out at the reception,” Mark Yesilevskiy said. “I had no idea what to expect. They told me I was getting a surprise and I thought it would be an old friend or something. I did not expect it at all, put a big smile on my face.”

 

And here’s Mark and his bride watching the video:

The gesture meant even more to Mark because Holden is one of his favorite players.

“He became a lot of the fans favorite players because of his quality and work rate,” Yesilevskiy told PST. “He came in as a trialist with Owen Coyle at Burnley, and Coyle took him with him to Bolton. Before the Johnny Evans injury, he was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League”

The newlywed says he believes a match at the Macron Stadium will now be part of his honeymoon in Europe.

All of our best from PST to the Yesilevskiys.

De Jong apologized to Holden for past tackle before injuring Nagbe

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You just can’t make this stuff up.

Nigel De Jong is a known hard tackler who plays on the edge of violence. The list of players on the end of his nefarious deeds includes Hatem Ben Arfa, Stu Holden, Xabi Alonso and now Darlington Nagbe.

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But how’s this for a dark harbinger of what was to come for Nagbe? Before Sunday’s match in Portland, De Jong apologized to now broadcaster Holden for his horror tackle that cost the American many months of rehabilitation.

From MLSSoccer.com:

“It’s almost fate, wasn’t it, that this was going to happen. Nigel and I actually had an opportunity [to talk] before the game, and full disclosure, he sought me out and made an apology for this challenge [from March 2010]. As you can see there, I had a grade-2 MCL sprain and a broken right fibula which almost put me out of the World Cup in 2010. Now I did rehab and get back, and I felt that that was a nasty challenge.

“And I also felt that the one today, on Darlington Nagbe, he comes over the ball. I came away from it feeling … He talked about being in a dark period in that part of his career. About the media was on his back. He was under a lot of pressure on the field and was making challenges. In my book, it’s no excuse for breaking legs. It’s no excuse for bad challenges. But I walked away from that feeling good.”

Holden also said he felt sickened after the tackle, a surreal reminder of how he went through a similar things at the same hands (or feet).

Even given De Jong’s hard play, what a wild coincidence that the Dutchman apologized to Holden hours before taking out another USMNT player.