Holden Moves To Bolton, Houston’s Next Step

Holden Moves To Bolton, Houston’s Next Step

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 25, 2010
  • 2 Comments
  • Bolton, Brad Davis, Geoff Cameron, Stuart Holden, Transfers

Stuart Holden is on his way to Bolton. (Getty Images)

The day has some for those Houston Dynamo fans, their club no now longer has Stuart Holden. Bolton manager Owen Coyle has confirmed that the club will sign Holden as one of two winter acquisitions.

Holden joins former Dynamo teammate Ricardo Clark, who has signed with Eintracht Frankfurt, as Americans to make major transfer moves from MLS this winter.

How can a team recover from the loss of their two most important midfielders? It won’t be easy though having quality coaching in Dominic Kinnear, who has been a master at getting exactly what he wants out of players and deals with other teams. Also having some quality talent like Brad Davis and Geoff Cameron doesn’t hurt either.

But it is more than losing the likes of Clark and Holden that will be a game changer this winter for Houston and for that matter Major League Soccer. Clark we knew was headed overseas and the Dynamo easily knew last winter that they’d need to prepare for such a move. As for Holden there was always some hope that they could retain him even though his price tag was far higher than anything they could pay for.

Houston will have to recover fast here as the western conference is getting better each day with LA, RSL, Chivas, Seattle and even Dallas being major players for this coming season. If they don’t want to get passed up as the top dog in the west for good Kinnear will have to make some moves, which have to be expected at this point. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him go within the league for a veteran looking for a new home. Possibly a guy like Pablo Mastroeni would be a decent fit to replace Clark (just an idea floating in my head).

Houston is going to be down this year but I don’t think we can count them out just yet.

  • Rex

    The fact is Houston isnt trying to replace Holden cuz they are still trying to replace DeRo. Holden helped stop the bleeding but Houston still lacked the offensive creativity. The defense is what has kept the Dynamo at the top.

  • Rex

    The fact is Houston isnt trying to replace Holden cuz they are still trying to replace DeRo. Holden helped stop the bleeding but Houston still lacked the offensive creativity. The defense is what has kept the Dynamo at the top.