HOLDEN ON VERGE OF BOLTON DEAL
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, January 25, 2010
Former Houston Dynamo and current US midfielder Stuart Holden is on the verge of signing with Bolton Wanderers of the English Premeir League according to an official at the club.

A deal is expected to be completed this evening ending weeks of speculation of where the talented midfielder would ultimately play.

"Holden has been at Bolton for the past few weeks," confirmed Bolton spokesperson Mark Alderton to YA. "He went on trial and very much impressed manager Owen Coyle."

It is understood that the deal would run through the end of this season however it is unclear if there are any options held by either party once the season has finished.

Holden, who was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, has a UK passport and therefore does not face any work permit issues.

Just past the halfway point of the season, Bolton have found themselves in a relegation battle. They are currently in 19th place in the 20 team EPL. Bolton have just 18 points through 20 games but the bottom of the table remains very tight. They trail 12th place Blackburn by only six points and Bolton have played two fewer games.

Holden has been with the MLS club Houston Dynamo since 2006. He played 88 games for Houston and he scored 15 goals for them. He was part of Houston's MLS Cup championships in 2006 and 2007.
doc
Saturday January 30, 2010 6:09 pm
taylor is not world class... i meant he was world class at set pieces....
J.D. Springer
Wednesday January 27, 2010 12:23 pm
Wow! "Taylor is world class," Doc? What "world" would that be? Holden may not take his spot or anyone else's, but this is the Bolton Ham-and-Eggers, er, Wanderers, we're talking about here, not one of the Big Four or even Villa, City or Spurs.

People complain when 24-year-olds with some skill, potential and desire stay in MLS because they're not challenging themselves, then they complain when they go abroad that they're not good enough. Which is it?

Holden is about the same age Deuce was when he went to Fulham, and I'd argue that their skill/readiness levels were pretty comparable at this stage, too. It didn't happen right away, but Deuce certainly has made his way with the Cottagers. The worst-case scenario is that Holden gets pushed every day in training (Is that going to happen with the Dynamo? Will there even be an MLS season in light of the shaky CBA talks with the union?) and he comes back for WC 2010 with a little bit less confidence but a little more toughness. If he helps Bolton stay up, they'll want him back. If they get relegated, he'll move elsewhere and take advantage of that EU passport. I see no risk and plenty of potential reward in this move.
shaw
Wednesday January 27, 2010 8:50 am
Geez, Doc, Matt Taylor IS world class. Didn't Barca and Inter swoop down for his services during this transfer window? Seriously, he's a good player, and Holden is very unlikely to take his spot, but he's no more world class than Stu himself. Stu should do fine at Bolton, but I don't expect him to make much of an impact for the remainder of this season unless injuries force him into a substantial role. I'd say that for most any player brought in in January though.
joe4usa
Tuesday January 26, 2010 7:46 pm
People why so much negative comments? He's training with top players. You never know how well he'll do until he gets his chance. I'm glad to see him challenfing himself and trying to improve before the WC. He won't do that sitting at home waiting for the MLS preseason camps. I think he'll do well!
Mike
Tuesday January 26, 2010 1:21 pm
Here's the thing.. even if Stuart doesn't get a lot/any game time... he's still training at a higher level than he would be during the MLS off-season - maybe even higher than during the MLS season.

People seem to think that it's only the games that sharpen the players. The games are only part of the equation. They're still training. They're still honing skills. And you can't argue that that isn't beneficial.
V.J.
Tuesday January 26, 2010 6:56 am
Maybe Holden and Jozy Altidore can tweet to each other while they're sitting on the bench during EPL matches.

Just what the Nats need; another player sitting on the bench in Europe. I applaud Rico Clark for turning down the EPL and signing with Frankfurt. It might take a month, but he can crack the lineup there prior to the WC.

Maybe Holden will develop in an EPL contributor in a year or so, but he'll have a hard time finding the field before the WC.
Doc
Monday January 25, 2010 9:00 pm
This has epic fail written all over it. Hes competing for matt Taylor position... hes struggled this year but Holden is no where close to half the player Taylor is. Holdens strenghts is free kicks, Taylor is world class,I really dont see any advantage Holden has over Taylor except for speed. I couldnt see him taking the Koreans spot as he has been the best player on the team...
Irma
Monday January 25, 2010 4:03 pm
Well I guess that's why he hasn't been tweeting so much lately...
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