If he goes for the money, Houston Dynamo star
Whatever he wanted from Scottish club Aberdeen, it was too much, as coach
An offer from an EPL club can certainly trump any Scottish club other than Celtic or Rangers, not to mention MLS, but there could be a few conditions attached. The lower-tier teams operate on much smaller budgets than the Big Four -- as well as Tottenham, Everton and Aston Villa -- and many of them could well be dragged into a relegation battle.
This last item could be important. Former U.S. forward
Such clauses are not uncommon, even though teams relegated from the Premier League receive "balloon" payments for two years to assist their attempts to climb back up. And a half-price EPL contract would still far exceed the MLS maximum salary. But is this the right time for Holden to slog through a harsh English winter with a World Cup call-up pending in May?
Holden might be short on time to establish himself as a bona fide EPL starter, which is what he would need to get sharp enough to hit the final World Cup training camp in top shape.
He will be much more important to the Dynamo next season than he was in '09 because
Kinnear can probably cover for Holden by moving
Kinnear already has stated he may move second-year sensation
Holden can't sign a short-term deal with MLS, simply because there is no such thing for a promising American player. Like
What about the time-honored buyout clause, by which MLS and the player's representatives pre-negotiate a transfer price written into the contract that, if met, obligates MLS to sell the player, assuming he can agree on salary and other terms with said clubs? Again, such clauses are extremely rare in league contracts, which is one reason
Preston broke the trend somewhat by making a big offer during the January window, but Twellman had already signed a new MLS contract that paid him about $400,000 a year and didn't contain a buyout clause. The Revs played hardball and the league fell in line. Had he turned it down, he would have been free to take the Preston deal unencumbered.
But there's a lot to be said about the bird in the hand, especially since Twellman had been slapped down with a $24,000 contract by MLS upon returning to America after bypassing the SuperDraft and laboring for two years in Germany without playing a first-team game.
And if MLS refused to insert a buyout clause into the contracts of Donovan and Twellman, it's not going to so accommodate Holden. But in MLS, he'll play a lot for a good team and set himself up for a move to Europe soon enough.