The Shin Guardian got about five minutes to speak with Stu Holden upon his return to the United States from Manchester on Wednesday.
Here’s what the prospective World Cup player had to say.
TSG: Stu, thanks for the time. How are you?
Holden: "I feel I'm back to full fitness."
Stu Holden: I’m good. Back in Houston, relaxing a little bit.
TSG: Been a pretty hectic few weeks for you?
SH: Yeah…towards the end of my rehab now. I was just making sure I got back healthy. I’ve been training for the last three or so weeks.
I’m feeling really good. Now it’s just time to see the family, relax a little bit, but still maintain fitness.
But I’m looking forward to camp on Saturday.
TSG: We’ll be brief because I know you have a jammed schedule.
First, congratulations on the selection. You came on swiftly after your Gold Cup exploits.
What’s the first thing you did when you learned you were selected for “the 30?”
SH: I was actually flying overseas. It was of course nice to be selected for the 30. Obviously, it’s only half the battle.
Now you have to go into camp, prepare yourself, prove your fit and worthy of a spot on the plane to South Africa.
It’s obviously a good feeling to be part of the initial group, but now the real work starts on Saturday in Princeton.
TSG: How was the message delivered to you? Did you just get an email or did one of the coaches talk to you?
SH: Well, we get emails from the head manager of US Soccer.
Every time you get that email, even if you are expecting the call or not, it still feels like the first time.
It’s a great feeling when you open the email and it tells you “Congratulations, You’ve been selected…”
Now I just can’t wait to get started.