Stu Holden is the lead game analyst for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder and member of 2010 USA World Cup team has worked as the lead analyst on the network’s marquee soccer properties including Major League Soccer, U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup Qualifiers, and UEFA Champions League.
Holden has also contributed to the network’s coverage of the UEFA Europa League, England’s FA Cup and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, and co-hosted the Facebook Live show “The Rec League.”
CLUB AND COUNTRY
A former professional soccer player, Holden made a name for himself in the U.S. youth ranks before earning his first call-up to the full national team in 2008. He represented the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and scored the game winning goal vs. Japan. In the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, he was selected to the Gold Cup All-Tournament Team.
Holden was a part of the 23-man roster for the U.S. National Team during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and played in the opening 1–1 draw with England. Despite being hampered by several serious injuries, Holden made his return to the U.S. Men’s National Team for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He played in the final, with the U.S. taking the title, but it was later revealed that Holden had suffered a torn ACL in his knee.
On the club level, Holden played with top clubs in the Barclays Premier League, beginning with Sunderland in 2005. He played back in the states from 2006-10 with Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo, where he won two MLS Cups, and was named an MLS All-Star Best XI in 2009. He then returned to England’s Premier League with Bolton Wanderers. He made several appearances with the club leading them to a seventh-place finish in 2011 and the FA Cup semifinals. Holden was voted the club’s player of the year in 2011 and was rated as the top player in the premier league by the Guardian at the half-way point of that season.
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland and raised in Texas, Holden played two seasons of college soccer at Clemson University before moving across the pond. He is married to Karalyn Holden and has a daughter, Kennady Rose Holden. Holden was named Houston Dynamo Humanitarian of the Year in both 2008 and 2009. Following the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey, Holden organized and hosted the charity event Kick In for Houston in December 2017, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for victims.