At 24, Stuart Holden has established himself as a versatile option for Bob Bradley’s side ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Able to play in an attacking-midfield role or out wide on the right, the Scottish-born player has really improved of late.
An ill-fated move to English side Sunderland in 2005 ended without Holden making even one appearance for the club. He returned to the States the following year and signed a contract with Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer, where he helped the Texan club to back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007 and caught the attention of the powers that be in the US national set-up. His performances led directly to a move back to England – this time with Premier League side Bolton – in January 2010.
Holden made his first appearance for the US senior side in 2009, named in an experimental line-up for that year's CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the Americans lost to Mexico in the final. He has since picked up 13 caps for the full national team and scored two goals.