Stuart Holden says the USA national team has plenty to prove as they get ready for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The Bolton midfielder is back in the US setup after a horror run with injuries over the past two years and although he is looking forward to getting back to playing at the top level from an individual viewpoint, he is well aware that the region’s World Cup hexagonal qualifying group leaders need to achieve tournament success.
“Guys have a point to prove personally, but on a team note, as a nation, we want to win the Gold Cup. We want [the trophy] back on our home soil,” Holden said.
“We really have a chip on our shoulder this tournament. We have something to prove. We’re not happy with second best. We’re in first place in CONCACAF qualifying, but the main priority right now is the Gold Cup.”
Holden and his US teammates kick things off with their Group C opener against Belize at Portland’s JELD-WEN Field on Tuesday.