Stuart Holden, a former USMNT midfielder and member of 2010 USA World Cup team, works as a studio analyst for FS1.
Holden has worked on FOX’s marquee soccer properties including Major League Soccer, U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup Qualifiers, and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Holden has also contributed to the network’s coverage of European soccer including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and England’s FA Cup. He recently debuted “The Rec League” as an analyst and host on Facebook Live as part of Fox Soccer’s on-going digital initiative.
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Holden, a former professional soccer player, made a name for himself in the U.S. youth ranks before earning his first call-up to the full national team in 2008. He represented the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and scored the game winning goal vs. Japan. In the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, he was selected to the Gold Cup All-Tournament Team.
Holden was a part of the 23-man roster for the U.S. National Team during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and played in the opening 1–1 draw with England. Despite being hampered by several serious injuries, Holden made his return to the U.S. Men’s National Team for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He played in the final, with the U.S. taking the title, but it was later revealed that Holden had suffered a torn ACL in his knee.
On the club level, Holden played with top clubs in the Barclays Premier League, beginning with Sunderland in 2005. He played back in the states from 2006-2010 with Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo, where he won two MLS Cups, before returning to England’s Premier League with Bolton Wanderers. He made several appearances with the club leading them to a seventh-place finish in 2011 and the FA Cup semifinals. Holden was voted the club’s player of the year in 2011 and was rated as the top player in the premier league by the Guardian at the half-way point of that season.
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland and raised in Texas, Holden played two seasons of college soccer at Clemson University before moving across the pond. He is married his wife, Karalyn West, on June 7th, 2015 and the couple welcomed their first child, Kennady Rose Holden, into the world in February, 2016.