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The Philadelphia Union announced on Monday the signing of trialist goalkeeper Brian Holt.
Head coach John Hackworth said in a press release from the club, “Brian is a tremendous competitor and we have seen a lot of his dedication, hard work and resolve while he trained with us last year. We’re really happy to have him as part of our team going into the season.”
Holt will be familiar to some from his time with Union affiliates Reading United and Harrisburg City Islanders. Holt played 16 games with Reading United in 2011 and was an All-Eastern Conference selection and PDL Rookie of the Year finalist.
In 2012, Holt began his professional career when he signed with USL PRO club Harrisburg City Islanders, making one appearance with the club.
A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Holt played at Creighton University from 2008-11. In his senior year, Holt was a Hermann Trophy semifinalist after setting a NCAA record .208 goals against average while leading the NCAA with 19 shutouts in 24 starts, allowing only five goals for a 92.3 save percentage.
Holt spent much of the 2013 season training with the Union.