HOLDEN ON VERGE OF BOLTON DEAL
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.