Stu Holden signs to play for Bolton

// January 26th, 2010 // Uncategorized, Updates

Stuart Holden today signed a contract to play with the Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League through the end of the 2009-10 season.

“I am very happy to have the chance to play for Bolton in one of the greatest leagues in the world,” Holden said. “It is exciting to have this type of opportunity and I’m looking forward to being a Bolton Wanderer.”

Holden, 24, spent the past four seasons with the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer during a time in which the team twice won the MLS Cup (2006 & 2007). As a regular starter at attacking central midfield for the Dynamo in 2009, Holden recorded six goals and four assists. His five game-winning goals were the most in the MLS.

Also in 2009, Holden made his first appearance for the United States National Team. He scored two goals for the US in the Gold Cup and was in the starting line-up for the team’s final two World Cup qualifiers.

“I’d like to thank the fans in Houston for all the support they have given me during the past four years,” Holden said.” This was the hardest decision I’ve had to make in my career, but at the end of the day I felt it was the right time to test myself at the highest level. I will always feel a part of the Dynamo family and I’ve learned so much playing under Dominic Kinnear and his coaching staff. I would also like to thank all my teammates for their continued support on and off the field, without them none of this would have been possible. I am looking forward to watching them win another MLS Cup this year.”

Currently Bolton has a record of 4 wins, 10 losses, and 6 draws (18 points). The Wanderers next match is on Tuesday, Jan. 26, against Burnley. With a 2-0 win over Sheffield United last Saturday, Bolton has advanced to the fifth round of the prestigious FA Cup.

4 Responses to “Stu Holden signs to play for Bolton”

  1. Susan Leining says:

    We will miss you, Stu, but know that you have worked hard to play at this level. I’m just hoping your games will be on TV (I have cable just for soccer watching). Remember, you will always be a “Houston boy.”

  2. Patrick Sexton says:

    Congrats on the well deserved contract and wish you nothing but the best. We will miss you in Houston but do certainly understand your decision.
    Hopefully Euan can secure a position on the roster and carry the Holden legacy with the Dynamo.
    I will look foward to tailgating once again with your wonderful mother.


  3. Hello Stuart,
    Well I’m a huge fan, I love going to the Dynamo games and just seeing you play, but I now have no reason to go to the Dynamo games, :[[
    but I will try to stay into the whole Bolton team. I’m very sad your leaving leaving the Dynamo, because I never got a chance to meet you :[, and now my dreams is in pieces, but I’m glad your aiming big in Europe (: Can’t wait to see you in the world Cup, number 22 FOREVER, and 7<3

    <3- Love Your number one fan, Jennifer Chavez

  4. Jeb says:

    I’m really excited to see you get invited to play in the best league in the world. Every time another US player goes over there it can only benefit our US national program. Congratulations! I’ll be sure to catch the Bolton games now and hopefully see you out there!

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