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Seba set for big chance in the Premier League, training with Bolton

Posted on 18 January 2012 by Breton Bonnette

It looks like Sebastien Le Toux may be on his way to join young New York defender Tim Ream and current American international Stuart Holden in a Bolton uniform. Ives Galarcep dropped the news an hour or so ago that the Frenchman may be on his way to Bolton, a team desperately in need of injections to both sides of the pitch and Le Toux certainly could help Owen Coyle’s squad.

In his two years, Le Toux has cemented his status as franchise favorite and legend racking up 25 goals and 20 assists in just two seasons. His work ethic and hustle is borderline irreplaceable. The positive?  Considering Le Toux was, for all intents and purposes, an expansion draft steal – from a business standpoint, this could make a lot of sense depending on how much the Wanderers are offering.

Seba left for England yesterday evening and joined in Bolton’s training today. Though his loss would be a signifcant blow to the Union, could a Mwanga and Josue Martinez tandem up front work out? Will Le Toux make the most out of a chance in the EPL? What would the right sum be for Le Toux’s departure?

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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.

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Coyle passes on Holden after trial, Braga next?

Posted on 18 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Holden appears headed for sunny Portugal

Bolton Wanderers new head coach Owen Coyle has turned down the chance to sign U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Stuart Holden after a two-week trial, allowing the 24-year old to sign with Sporting Braga, Mirror Football reported tonight, Jan. 18.

Holden was originally meant to trial with Coyle’s former club Burnley, but went along for the ride when he made the switch after new year’s. Holden reportedly did well at the trial but was ultimately deemed no better than any of Coyle’s current options .

ASN will follow this developing story.

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Holden's Bolton trial underway

Posted on 13 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Holden at MLS All Star practice ©Julie Harper

Stuart Holden has followed Owen Coyle from Burnley to Bolton Wanderers. The 24-year old Houston Dynamo and U.S. national team midfielder arrived in the U.K. shortly after new year’s for a trial with Burnley. “He trained with the Clarets ahead of their FA Cup game against MK Dons but chose not to stay with the Turf Moor club after it became clear that Coyle would be moving to the Reebok,” The Bolton News reported Jan. 13.

Holden’s first day of practice with Trotters was in all likelihood Jan. 10, judging by reports out of the U.K. and the U.S.

The news will obviously not sit well with Clarets fans, who remain without a head coach. Coyle is reportedly in pursuit of some of his former players and is apparently close to a loan deal for Manchester City’s Slovakian winger Vladimir Weiss.

Holden is still out of a contract and could be signed on a free transfer. As the holder of a U.K. passport he would not even have to deal with visa issues but could begin playing for his new club right away.

The 24-year old has been subject of transfer rumors for some time. In November, reports linked him to Scottish Premier League clubs Rangers and Aberdeen, among others. The Bolton News piece also mentioned Blackburn Rovers as a possible bidder.

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Stuart Holden to trial with Burnley Bolton?

Posted on 01 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Stuart Holden, in one of his USMNT appearances

Houston Dynamo midfielder Stuart Holden is apparently close to a trial with Bolton Wanderers after a previously-reported deal with Burnley fell through. Holden was due to start training with Burnley shortly after new year’s, but was put in limbo by the move of its head coach Owen Coyle to Bolton. Mirror Football now reports Coyle’s new employer is close to a similar loan deal with Holden.

The move to the English Premiership is partly intended to buy more time for contract negotiations with the Dynamo, according to the report by My Fox Houston. The 24-year old U.S. international’s contract with Major League Soccer expired yesterday, Dec. 31.

During his trial Holden will be able to play for its reserves team. The length of the trial has not been disclosed. Holden was born in Scotland and has a U.K. passport, which removes the bureaucratic headache of having to procure working papers.

Holden has been subject of transfer rumors for some time. In November, reports linked him to Scottish Premier League clubs Rangers and Aberdeen, among others. Burnley is also said to be interested in Holden’s Dynamo teammate Ricardo Clark.

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Aberdeen says it's out of Stuart Holden race

Posted on 26 November 2009 by ASN Staff

Stuart Holden in one of his 10 USMNT appearances

Aberdeen FC manager Mark McGhee appears to have conceded defeat in the club’s attempts to sign Stuart Holden, Sky Sports reported Thursday. The 24-year old midfielder, now effectively a free agent, is said to be heading to the country of his birth to play in the Scottish Premier League. Aberdeen was seen as a likely destination partly because it is where Holden was born before moving to the U.S. at age 10.

Aberdeen could sign Mark Kerr, Lee Miller and Gary McDonald to new contracts as early as today, according to the Evening Express. Those signings would presumably tie up too much of the club’s budget to allow it to compete for Holden’s signature.

Though Sky reports Aberdeen’s exit as a fait accompli, McGhee’s quotes imply the club might be trying a negotiating tactic on for size. The Dons’ boss said they can’t compete with some of “the bigger clubs” bidding for Holden’s services. Though he didn’t mention Glasgow Rangers by name, Walter Smith’s side are said to be keen to sign Holden, though Rangers cannot sign any new players until a new ownership is in place.

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Stuart Holden to SPL?

Posted on 18 November 2009 by ASN Staff

'Scotsman' Stuart Holden

Houston Dynamo midfielder/forward Stuart Holden, long rumored to be heading overseas this offseason, could end up with a Scottish Premier League club, according to the Daily Record. The 24-year old Holden, who has a handful of caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team and will in all likelihood be part of Bob Bradley’s World Cup lineup “will be the only competitor from our nation to play in South Africa 2010,” says the Daily Record story. The article appears more speculative than anything else though it does quote Holden as saying “I’ve got a few options in Scotland and England.”

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