A crafty winger who can also be deployed in the center of midfield, Holden’s versatility is matched by his increasing savvy and seasoning. While a knee injury kept him sidelined for most of 2011, he nonetheless demonstrated skill and industry that shows great promise. After an outstanding 2009 for the Houston Dynamo, he moved to Bolton of the English Premier League where he worked his way into a regular starting role and has become a team and fan favorite.
- A challenge from Manchester United’s Jonny Evans on March 19, 2011, ended his season, and a follow-up surgery kept him from making any Premier League appearances in the first half of the 2011-12 campaign
- Came on as a sub in the USA’s 1-1 draw against England in the 2010 FIFA World Cup
- Appeared in all five games in the second half of the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in 2009, earning starts against Honduras (Oct. 10) and Costa Rica (Oct. 14)
- Born in Scotland, he became a citizen in 2006 and represented the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing
- Named Player of the Year for 2011 at Bolton Wanderers