Stuart Holden is proof of yet another Yank that has successfully made the transition to the English Premier League.
The Bolton midfielder moved over to the EPL from the MLS last January and the Texan just extended his deal with the English club through the 2012/2013 season. The former Houston Dynamo man had the terrible break last year (pun intended) of suffering a season ending leg fracture in that final international friendly match against Holland in March and the injury resulted in Holden only playing in a few matches for Bolton before the incident happened against the Flying Dutchmen.
So after only seeing action in only three league matches last season, Holden returned this season fully recovered from the injury and is now a regular starter for the top tier club after six matches. The Scottish born American citizen says the injury “made me more determined to make an impact when I came back for preseason.”
Holden may have missed out on the World Cup, but the ability to train and prepare for the upcoming season certainly didn’t hurt his chances of seeing regular minutes. Holden appears to have joined the ranks of American players regularly playing top tier English football. It appears that the world’s most competitive league is collecting the best players from around the world and sum of those happen to be American now.
Holden and his Bolton side will playing against West Bromwich Albion this weekend and his club currently ranks in 12th place on the league table.