Stu Holden: The Shin Guardian Interview

(Note: Full video after the page break)

A few weeks ago TSG was lucky enough to land an interview with Gold Cup performer extraordinaire Stu Holden.

We were specifically enamored by Stu’s play this summer after watching him sporadically with the Dynamo. As huge fans (as those of you that read this publication know) of Benny Feilhaber, the ability to maintain possession is a talent and skill heavily favored at TSG.

USMNT mainstay? For sure

"Stu, you've got the swagger too"

However, when we started digging into Stu’s Interwebs history and researching more about him, we found a lot more things that impressed us about Stu.

First and foremost, for those outside the Houston area, Stu won 2008 USSF Dynamo Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work with Athletes of Hope and Holden’s Heroes. What makes this award even more impressive is that Holden won it in his first year on the team–rookies typically have trouble just coming into a league. This is just another example of why we think #22 will be a fine ambassador for the US for years to come.  Find out in the interview a little bit more about what motivates Stu’s work on such endeavors.

We also dug up quite a bit of content that seemed to suggest Stu is a Man United fan. One post even suggested the Stu “idolized” David Beckham growing up (sorry Stu, by your reaction that might mean someone was stretching it).

Guess who Stu would train with from Manchester history? For those of you that watched the last five minutes of the Haiti game, you might get this one right.

Finally, we tried to peg down Stu to a nickname, either The Kilted One (kind of boring), McGroin (debatable legs to this one as well), Hollywood (possibly) or Metro (apparently that’s a USMNT favorite).  However, while Stu answered our Twitter question — this one got left out. (Clark, we don’t blame you for leaving that question out.)

Some other questions we should have snuck in for the Dynamo standout?

* What do you think your chances of making the World Cup roster are? (We say they are about 99%-100%)

* What is feel like to represent your country, especially when traveling abroad?

and

Wow, one fan just suggested Ice Man -- that might stick

Wow, one fan just suggested Iceman -- that might stick

It's just so...so...perfect

The 'do...it's just so...so...perfect

* How does your hair stay oh-so-quaffed? (Check out the interview, we didn’t send down anymake-up artists, prop folks…heck we didn’t even know we were getting a video back!)

(Note, we didn’t ask about Wednesday’s Mexico battle in the event that Bob Bradley played his cards differently)

So without further adu, The Stu Holden Interview narrated by Clark Haptonstall of the Haptonstall Group on behalf of The Shin Guardian. A big thank you to Stu and especially Clark for being kind enough to honor our request.

When you’re done, check out the Ching-Holden Twitter battle on the right and vote on the best nickname for Stu?

If the Big Aloha’s going to have a nickname, we got to get #22 one too — feel free to write one in.

Supporting Notes on the Interview

* Holden’s Heroes is an upcoming charity program designed to provide Dynamo tickets to kids and their perents who are at the Texas Children’s Hospital. The exact game has not been determined yet.

*Here’s a clip of Stu Holden’s Man U training partner. By the way, you’d be hard pressed to find a vid of the Man U goal king without a popped collar.

* Other Stu pieces on the Shin Guardian:

Let’s get Stu and Benny some more run,

Very surprising and poignant comments from Stu Holden

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12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by matthewsf on 2009/08/09 at 8:25 PM

    I’m for Hollywood Holden.

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  2. Posted by cosmosredux on 2009/08/09 at 8:32 PM

    “You’re everyone’s problem. That’s because every time you go up in the air, you’re unsafe. I don’t like you because you’re dangerous.”

    That’s right Ice….man…I am dangerous

    What about Kazanski or Ice Man — the hair cut definitely fits

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  3. Posted by Matthew N on 2009/08/10 at 5:02 AM

    Great interview. Stuart sounds like a really great person in addition to being an excellent footballer. If this is the future of American soccer, I am very pleased.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/08/10 at 5:03 AM

      Thanks for the feedback Matthew. Let’s get Stu some exposure — forward this around to your friends. Thanks again for contributing yourself. Best.

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  4. Posted by Mark T on 2009/08/10 at 9:39 AM

    Train hard, play hard, have fun, give back…that’s a recipe for success that Stu seems to have mastered at a young age. Here’s to a long career on the USMNT.

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  5. Nice interview. Was that at Autry Court at Rice University there?

    I’m for Goalden Holden or The Goalden One

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  6. Posted by matthewsf on 2009/08/10 at 10:47 AM

    Martek:

    I’m guessing you’re right about Autry Court. Clark Haponstall who works with Stu off-the-field is out of Rice University.

    The Golden One — great idea — we’ll put it up! Mind if I make it grammatically correct?

    Send around the piece — we want to get Stu some exposure.
    Thanks for commenting.

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  8. [...] starting in some manner. That was probably the most surprising data that came back. TSG loves Stu (check out our interview the Dynamo star if you haven’t seen it yet), but, as my brother pointed out yesterday, he’s probably going to inhabit the second half [...]

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