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Holden's deal with Bolton is done, but will he be back?

Posted on 26 January 2010 by ASN Staff

It doesn't sound like Holden will wear Dynamo orange again

Houston Dynamo midfielder Stuart Holden has signed a contract to play with Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League. The contract ties him to Owen Coyle through the end of their 2009-10 season, but judging by the language on Holden’s Web site, he appears to have accepted a move for the long term.

“I’d like to thank the fans in Houston for all the support they have given me during the past four years. 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.”

The deal follows a trial with Bolton as well as Coyle’s former club Burnley. It was reported last week that Coyle had passed on signing Holden, who would turn to Portugal’s Sporting Braga instead. Both reports have now proven erroneous.

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. He also made his first appearance for the United States Men’s National Team.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. jsykes Says:

    I think that's a little bit of a jump to make that statement….It just seems like a normal thank you to me….oh wait, the “this year” reference….

    I only wish him the best, maybe he'll come back stateside and MLS will be something to be reckoned with on the world state.

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