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Holmes likely out of contention for USMNT March friendlies

Duane Holmes has been one of the top American players in Europe this season, but is likely to miss out on another chance to play for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Holmes has been out since Feb. 15th with a lower leg injury suffered in a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town. Derby County manager Phillip Cocu confirmed the latest on the midfielder’s recovery ahead of the Rams league trip to Sheffield Wednesday.

Holmes has been one of the Rams key players this season, scoring three goals and adding three assists in 30 appearances in all competitions. All three of his goals have come in his past eight appearances, helping the Rams to a 6-3-2 combined record during that span.

The 24-year-old joined Derby County in 2018, eventually helping Frank Lampard’s side to a place in the EFL Championship final. Holmes totaled 31 appearances in all competitions, before earning his first senior cap for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

A versatile midfielder who can also play out wide, Holmes has only earned two caps for the USMNT since June 2019. He impressed in a 1-0 friendly loss to Jamaica in D.C. before also appearing in a 3-0 loss to Venezuela in Cincinnati.

Holmes eventually had to withdraw from the USMNT Gold Cup roster due to injury.

After a strong campaign in England, Holmes was an option for Gregg Berhalter’s March roster for trips to the Netherlands and Wales on the 26th and 30th respectively. However, his injury is likely to keep him out of contention with the next chance to appear for the USMNT coming in June’s Concacaf Nations League semifinal tie against Honduras.

As for Derby County, they remain in the race for a playoff spot in the EFL Championship. The Rams face Sheffield Wednesday this weekend before traveling to Manchester United in the sixth round of the FA Cup.



    • Beerholder never called him up when healthy so you have no point. He cut him after the friendlies before gold cup and he was one of the better players. Smh

      • @JohnnyRazor, as you can see it’s the same people holding on to this weird narrative about Berhalter hating our euro contingent in preference of MLSers, and this sad narrative as weightless as it is happens to be cloaked around a manager that spent most of his career playing in Europe……tell me if that makes any sense though

      • His player selection has been awful he has ignored Chandler, Jesse Gonzalez, and Alvarado and put his faith in Ream and Lovitz. So you all can make up all the excuses you want for beerholder. I forgot Holmes withdrew for injury. It still does not negate the fact he has left off healthy players for Trapp, Roldan, and Lovitz. The fact he waste a roster spot on Trapp to keep him on the bench is asinine to me. Also he has the Bradley nepotism Beerholder family is all in the US federation. I know one of his relatives stepped down, but it still remains he is given multiple chances due to nepotism and this dumb system he wants to implement which will do nothing but gt us destroyed. Look how Jermaine Jones is annoyed with what the program has turned into.

  1. Was thinking the same thing. I know people say every national team goes through this, but the USA seems to have the constant problem. The list of players with high upside, but bigger injury problems is long.

  2. I’m tired of all of these injuries robbing the USMNT of collective continuity, rhythm and potential greatness. Just think of the lineup we could field if everyone were to be healthy at the same time?! Sadly, I don’t think we will ever see it and that’s as unfortunate as it gets!


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