Friday Kickoff: Holden to Bolton rumors persist, Harmse dealt to Houston and more

Friday Kickoff: Holden to Bolton rumors persist, Harmse dealt to Houston and more

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Friday Kickoff: Holden to Bolton rumors persist, Harmse dealt to Houston and more

Holden (Reuters)

By TRAVIS CLARK

Speculation has been rampant this past week about Stuart Holden's future. Reports that Bolton had passed on signing the Houston midfielder circulated — however, news from Houston and the UK still link the 24-year-old with a move to the Wanderers.

No official announcement has been made and even the mainstream British press has yet to pick up on the newest link. Whatever the case, it's only a matter of time before Holden lands a deal, with Owen Coyle's side still in the hunt.

As for Houston, training camp is fast approaching and Dominic Kinnear will need to rebuild a midfield that has lost two starters from last season with Ricardo Clark's move to Germany.

Here are a few more stories for Friday:

HOUSTON ACQUIRE HARMSE

Kinnear's first move to bolster his midfield is the addition of Kevin Harmse from Chivas USA. The Dynamo acquired the rights to Harmse in exchange for a conditional draft pick (either third or fourth round) in 2012.

Harmse will join the club for preseason, though it appears he'll have to secure a contract with the club — Houston would be his fourth MLS club — he made 12 appearances for Toronto in 2009, but never featured for Chivas after joining the Goats in June.

UNION ADD DELLACAMERA FOR PLAY-BY-PLAY

Philadelphia Union added another big name off the pitch, as they revealed that announcing and play-by-play duties will be handled by ESPN announcer J.P. Dellacamera. Soccer fans in the area will hear a familiar voice, as Dellacamera will call Union games while maintaining his game of the week duties for ESPN2.

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Where will Holden end up? Is Bolton the place? Will Harmse make the squad in Houston and help their midfield? Glad to see the Union add Dellacamera?

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