Mid-Day Ticker: Holden commits to Bolton, Argentina alters format & more

Mid-Day Ticker: Holden commits to Bolton, Argentina alters format & more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Holden commits to Bolton, Argentina alters format & more


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Stay up, or go down, Bolton can count on Stuart Holden to stick around.

The U.S. midfielder, who is continuing his comeback from fall knee surgery, pledged his future to the club regardless of what happens in its battle against relegation. In order to stave off the drop and remain in the Premier League, Bolton need to defeat Stoke City on Sunday while hoping that Queens Park Rangers lose to Manchester City.

"There’s nothing I can do, and that’s the hardest part for me," Holden told The Bolton News. "I can’t affect the results on the pitch in terms of playing. But I am happy at Bolton Wanderers, and I know that this is the right place for me. I’m a part of this club, and you live and die by that. You ride the high waves and you ride the low ones."

Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:


For 21 years, Argentina has crowned an apertura and a clausura champion, but that won't be the case next season. 

The country is going to continue having two seasons but only one official champion after the country's federation approved a switch to a different title format. The two seasons will be called Inicial and Final, with the winners of each meeting in a winner-take-all championship.

The format change won't have an effect on the country's Copa Libertadores berths, as the first-place finishers of the Inicial and Final will still qualify for the tournament.


Mexico's clausura liguilla continues Wednesday night with the first leg of the semifinal between Monterrey and Club America (10 p.m., Telefutura).

Both clubs advanced to the semifinals at the expense of Americans, as CONCACAF Champions League winner Monterrey downed Tijuana and eliminated Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo and Greg Garza, while America topped Pachuca and midfielder Jose Francisco Torres.

The other semifinal kicks off Thursday night, with Santos Laguna and Tigres UANL meeting in a rematch of the apertura final, which was won by Tigres.


Don't throw a water bottle at a referee. Granada midfielder Dani Benitez learned that the hard way, as he was banned three months by the Spanish federation for doing so in the club's 2-1 loss to Real Madrid on Saturday.

Despite being in 15th place, Granada is locked in a relegation battle ahead of Sunday's season finale against Rayo Vallecano and will be without Benitez along with three other players who were suspended for their actions in the altercation with referee Clos Gomez after the match.

Benitez will serve the beginning of his suspension during the season finale and complete it after the start of next season. 


What do you make of Holden's remarks? Do you like the new format in Argentina? Who do you see advancing to the Mexican liguilla final? Think Benitez' ban was deserved?

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