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STUART HOLDEN
England Bolton Wanderers (Championship)
#22 | Midfielder
Birth Date
Birth Place
Height/Weight
US Caps/Goals
August 1, 1985 (Age: 29)
Aberdeen, Scotland
5' 10", 150 lbs (1.78 m, 68 kg)
25/3
Club Career
The Scotland-born Holden spent the bulk of his youth in Houston, Texas before heading east to play college soccer at Clemson University. Holden starred with the Tigers for two season before turning professional.

He was signed to a contract with English Premier League club Sunderland in March 2005. However Holden was never able to make his debut with the club due to an injury he sustained in an attack with thugs outside a Newcastle bar. A broken eye socket cost Holden his first chance at playing in the EPL and shortly a return to the US to play in MLS followed.

Holden's career blossomed while in MLS with his hometown club of the Houston Dynamo. The midfielder would end up playing an integral role in the Dynamo's two MLS Cup title during the 2006 and 2007 season as he would solidify his position as one of the best in MLS.

Out of contract following the 2009 MLS season, Holden explored his options and reached a deal in January of 2010 to play for EPL club Bolton Wanderers. Holden made his debut that next month but had his season interrupted again when a broken leg in a US national team friendly versus Holland forced him to the sidelines. He was able to recuperate in enough time to see action in Bolton's EPL finale.

Holden came out of the gates strongly in the 2010-11 season and earned accolades as one of Bolton's top players. Unfortunately, his season was cut short by Jonny Evans' horror tackle in March 2011. He returned in September, but complications required a second surgery, which kept him out for another year.

Holden finally returned to action for Bolton in January 2013. In an effort to get him more playing time, he went on loan to Sheffield Wednesday in March.

International Career

Holden rose to prominence within the US national team ranks during the 2009 Gold Cup however he was also part of the squad that participated in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. He scored a goal in the team's opening match versus Japan but still, the US were not able to advance past the group stage.

He then returned to the international spotlight that next summer leading the US to the final of the Gold Cup. His finest moment came in a match versus Haiti where his goal from 30 yards out helped the US salvage a crucial point.

In March of 2010, Holden was capped again by head coach Bob Bradley and started in a friendly versus Holland but an vicious tackle by Nigel DeJong broke Holden's leg and suddenly his World Cup status became cloudy.

Fortunately for the Texan, he recovered in time to play in several matches and earned a spot on Bradley's 23 man roster that advanced to the second round of the World Cup.

Holden's lone World Cup appearance came as a late second half substitute in the US' hard-fought 1-1 draw versus England.

As clubs wrap up the pre-season, several Americans featured in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League this Thursday.
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