Stuart Holden has impressed Bolton manager Owen Coyle and fans of the Wanderers with his work ethic in the midfield. Holden signed a contract extension with the club in September. (Courtesy William Holtkamp)
By Kevin Koczwara
Stuart Holden made the jump from Major League Soccer to the English Premier League last year. Holden decided to let his contract with the Houston Dynamo run out and was given a tryout with the Bolton Wanderers by the club’s new manager, Owen Coyle Coyle liked what he saw from the blond haired midfielder.
Holden signed with the club and hasn’t looked back since.
A leg break in an international friendly slowed down Holden’s progress last season. The tackle by Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands in a World Cup warm up game for Holden and the U.S. Men’s National Team looked to push Holden out of Bob Bradley’s plans for the World Cup in South Africa. But the Aberdeen, Scotland native made leaps of progress and was able to slot himself in the 23-man roster for South Africa.