|Full name||Stuart Matthew Holthusen|
|Date of birth||1 January 1996|
|Place of birth||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2013||New Zealand U17||9||(6)|
|2014–2016||New Zealand U20||5||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:02, 25 May 2016 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:56, 23 March 2016 (UTC)
Club career[edit | edit source]
Youth[edit | edit source]
Holthusen attended Westlake Boys High School. As a youth, he played for the academy sides of Onehunga Sports. In 2011, he traveled with the team to Manchester, England for the Manchester United Premier Cup. He scored six goals during qualification through New Zealand and Australia.
College[edit | edit source]
Holthusen traveled to the United States in 2014 to begin playing college soccer for the Akron Zips of the University of Akron. He played for the team for four seasons, scoring 31 goals in 78 matches. He was also the recipient of numerous awards including being named to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team in 2015 and 2017, the Second Team in 2014 and 2016, and All-Tournament Team in 2015, 2016, and 2017, among numerous other accolades.
Senior[edit | edit source]
Holthusen played for the senior squad of Onehunga Sports of the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier until he left for the United States in 2014. During his final season at the club, he was tied for the league's leading scorer at the end of July. For the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons, he also played for Wanderers SC of the ASB Premiership, scoring 3 goals in 14 league appearances. The purpose of the club was to develop players for the New Zealand national under-20 football team.
The day before the draft, it was announced that Holthusen was on trial with Vejle Boldklub of the Danish 1st Division. He was named in head coach Adolfo Sormani's squad for a friendly against F.C. Copenhagen the following day. In the match he came on as a 46th-minute substitute before being subbed off 30 minutes later in the eventual 0–4 defeat. He was left out of the squad for its next match, a friendly against Randers FC, because of injury. On 20 January 2018 it was announced that Holthusen had returned home without a contract following the week and a half long trial.
In February 2018, it was announced that Holthusen was on trial with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC of the United Soccer League, the second tier of the United States soccer league system. He made his first appearance for the club as a second-half substitute in a pre-season match against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies on 18 February 2018.
International career[edit | edit source]
Holthusen was named to New Zealand's squads for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup and 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, making two appearances in the former and three appearances in the latter in which he also scored one goal. His goal came in the team's 1–2 defeat to Portugal. He was also part of the under-17 squad that took part in the 2013 OFC U-17 Championship which served as qualification for that year's under-17 World Cup. In the tournament, he scored six goals including a hattrick against Papua New Guinea on matchday 5, as New Zealand were crowned champions. In total, he made nine appearances for the under-17 team and five appearances for the under-20 side.
In September 2013, Holthusen was named to Ricki Herbert's senior 'A' squad for an unofficial friendly against Wellington Phoenix FC. He appeared in the match in the second half, coming on as an 80th-minute substitute for Jason Hicks.
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