By July of 2014, maybe Holden gets minutes. Today, I don't think so. I like Stuart and I hope for the best for him but he isn't displacing anyone in today's A-team midfield and I don't know that he even gets off the bench right now. I think he only sees the pitch as a sub if someone (Jermaine Jones I am looking at you) collects too many yellows and can't start. Then I think Holden and someone like Beckerman tag-team for a game. Holden isn't replacing Bradley or Donovan. I don't think he replaces Jermaine Jones. He isn't a striker so he has no chance to replace Altidore unless the US is trying to hold a lead and Juergen wants to go defensive. So where does he fit? In place of Zusi or Eddie Johnson on the wing? I guess it is possible but I don't see it happening. Also to AzCatFan's comment: I think this is highly unfair (true but unfair). The knock-out round is the top 16 teams in the world. In 1994, we lost to Brazil in an excellent game. They won the whole tournament. Hardly anything to complain about. Ask most Brazilians and they will even compliment the US on that game. In 2002, we lost in the Quarterfinals (top 8) to Germany in a very well played game that had me hold a grudge against Landon Donovan until the Algeria game in 2010. Landon had numerous chances to put one away against Kahn and he blew every one. It took 8 years for me to let that go (I have let it go, sort of, trust me ). In 2010, we lost to a Ghanian side that should have finished 4th. Luis Suarez's spectacularly timed handball and then Ghana's inability to convert a penalty resulted in Uruguay advancing. Ghana was the better team that day. No shame in losing to the best African squad in history though admittedly the US could have or even should have beaten Ghana. I thought Bob Bradley's worst coaching performance of note was against Ghana in 2010 (not to mention Ghana in 2006!), not Mexico in the Gold Cup in 2011. Then you can look at the years where the US did not advance out of the group stages. 1998 was atrocious. Complete failure, no ifs, ands, or buts. 2006 was disappointing but the group was brutal. Czech, Italy, and Ghana and we were supposed to finish ahead of 2 of those teams? Unlikely though a win against Ghana in the last group round might have put the US through (I don't recall Czech's last game against Italy). Then, add in the fact that Mexico, the theoretical bastion of quality in our region, has not advanced anywhere in the WC ever, why is the US' theoretical lackluster knockout round record a problem? Mexico always makes it out of the group stages. Good for them. They are a top 16 team in the world. They however are almost never a top 8 team in the world so I don't see why they are not criticized equally or even more so than the US. I think our best days (the 1930 World Cup being the exception) are ahead. I don't see the same for Mexico.