USMNT Midfielder Duane Holmes Scored The Best Goal From An American In 2021
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On top of having one of the most badass names on the USMNT, Duane Octavious Holmes scored one of the best goals you’ll see from the past weekend. This Duane Holmes goal vs Swansea City was his second of the game and an absolute beauty.
Holmes might have had the most impressive weekend out of all USMNT players in Europe. Holmes bagged a brace in his fifth game back with boyhood club Huddersfield Town. His two goals in the second half came only three minutes apart. The first was a cool finish that followed an excellent string of passes.
— Calum Fennell (@TerrierMulac) February 20, 2021
His second goal? Elon Musk has requested Holmes’ location after this successful rocket.
Incredible American Goal. Duane Holmes of Columbus, Georgia shoots like LeBron from the logo. His second of the game for Huddersfield in English Championship pic.twitter.com/7U0C5k8Z5o— roger bennett (@rogbennett) February 20, 2021
The brace was a much needed confidence boost for the 26-year-old Georgia native. Holmes recently had a falling out with Derby County manager Wayner Rooney and struggled to get playing time earlier this season. Rooney dropped Holmes from the starting XI and the first-team in December saying that the American “needs to perform better in training and give me an option to see if I use him or not. So that is on him to do that."
One winter transfer window later and Holmes has freed himself of Derby's shackles and is now scoring rockets. The Huddersfield midfielder could get called up for the USMNT this year. With the American international schedule practically bursting at the seams, roster depth will be needed.
Holmes made his first two appearances for the USMNT in 2019 and was named for that year’s Gold Cup roster but had to pull out due to injury.
The game between Huddersfield and Swansea featured highs and a serious low for USMNT fans. Swansea's Jordan Morris, on loan from the Seattle Sounders, was forced off after suffering a serious ACL injury. According to reports his season is done, and he will undergo a lengthy recovery period that will overlap into the next MLS season.
BREAKING: Steve Cooper confirms Jordan Morris will miss the remainder of the season after damaging his ACL in Swansea's defeat to Huddersfield. #Swans— Ian Mitchelmore (@IanMitchelmore) February 22, 2021
Cooper on @JmoSmooth13..."He's had a bad injury unfortunately for him. It's significant ligament damage, ACL. Everything we hoped it wasn't, unfortunately it is.
"It’s the end of his season for us and a long road back to recovery, it’s very cruel." pic.twitter.com/NhsufinPCu
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) February 22, 2021