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American midfielder Holmes scores twice for Huddersfield

By The Associated Press
Posted 5:47PM on Saturday 20th February 2021 ( 2 months ago )

American midfielder Duane Holmes scored his first two goals since his return to Huddersfield, helping the relegation-threatened club beat visiting Swansea 4-2 Saturday in England's second tier League Championship.

Jordan Morris, a 26-year-old forward on loan to Swansea from Seattle, left the field on a stretcher with what could be a significant leg injury.

“We will know more in the days to come, but it did not look a good one, that’s for sure," Swansea manager Steve Cooper said. "He will travel back with us. He is currently in a knee brace and on crutches.”

The 26-year-old Holmes gave Huddersfield a 3-1 lead in the 52nd minute, running onto a through pass from Aaron Rowe and scoring with a right-footed shot from near the penalty spot.

Holmes received a pass from Lewis O'Brien on the left flank in the 55th, took two touches as he cut inside and scored from about 25 yards on a right-footed shot that beat goalkeeper Freddie Woodman to the top far corner.

O'Brien had put Huddersfield ahead in the 48th.

Holmes played for Huddersfield from 2013-16, then was with Scunthorpe (2016-18) and Derby (2018-21) before returning to Huddersfield last month.

Holmes was born in Columbus, Georgia, moved to England with his mother when he was 4 and played for Huddersfield’s academy. He made his U.S. national team debut in 2019 and has two international appearances.

Huddersfield is in 18th place with 36 points, seven above the relegation zone.

Morris entered at the start of the second half and left about 20 minutes later. He tore his right ACL while playing for Seattle in the CONCACAF Champions League on Feb. 22, 2018, and did not play a competitive match until the Sounders' 2019 Major League Soccer opener that March 2.

Swansea is fourth with 56 points, one point behind Watford, which is in the second automatic promotion place, and also one point back of third place Watford.

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Huddersfield Town's Duane Holmes, left, and Swansea City's Matt Grimes during the Championship match at John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, England, Saturday Feb. 20, 2021. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)
Huddersfield Town's Duane Holmes and Swansea City's Kyle Naughton, top, battle for the ball during the Championship match at John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, England, Saturday Feb. 20, 2021. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)
Huddersfield Town's Duane Holmes scores their side's fourth goal of the game during the Championship match at John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, England, Saturday Feb. 20, 2021. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)

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