Stu Holden signs to play for Bolton
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.