Stuart Holden Retires, Alejandro Bedoya Scores and Mallory Pugh Signs with UCLA

February 3, 2016

It was another busy day in the world of American soccer, headlined by Stuart Holden’s announcement that he has retired from the game.

At one time, Holden appeared to be a future star and standard bearer for Americans abroad. Then, horror tackles by Nigel de Jong (who officially signed with the LA Galaxy today) and Jonny Evans sent him down a long path of repeated rehabilitation stints before his final injury – a torn ACL at the 2013 Gold Cup – put the final nail in the coffin.

Abroad, Alejandro Bedoya scored today for Nantes and picked up an assist. Video of both plays can be seen below.

In other news regarding Yanks playing across the pond, Tim Howard missed out for Everton today after picking up an injury.

And in happier news, Aron Johannsson returned to training after a long injury layoff. He last played for Werder Bremen in September.

Happy to be on the pitch again!! ➡️@andreasgumz

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On the women’s side of the game, Mallory Pugh signed with UCLA today. The move follows months of speculation regarding her future and reports that she was going to forego college and head straight to the professional level.

And finally, a few recommendations. This NWSL preview from The Equalizer’s Dan Lauletta is worth your time, as is this interview with Christen Press.

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