FC Tampa Bay hosts the English Premier League's Bolton Wanderers this Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Al Lang Stadium.
Quick Highlights of Select Bolton Players
GK: Jussi Jaaskelainen has been a mainstay in the net for Bolton since his transfer to the club in 1997 and has made over 500 appearances since. Jaaskelainen has won several awards for his performances in net including being voted best goalkeeper in the Premier League in the 2001-2002 season. Just a few seasons later he was again honored as Bolton's Player of the Year for his contributions that led to Bolton securing only their second ever UEFA Cup spot. Bolton will certainly look to him as one of their leaders for their upcoming season in the Barclay's Premier League.
Defenders: Zat Knight joined Bolton in 2009 from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee believed to be around 4 million pounds. Knight began his career in 1999 with fellow Premier League club Fulham where he played until 2007 and would make 150 appearances. After parting ways with Fulham, Knight was signed by Aston Villa and would make 40 appearances from 2007-2009 before moving to the Trotters. Knight has been a key player for Bolton since 2009, appearing 62 times and scoring two goals in league play.
Midfielder: Ricardo Gardner is one of the most recognizable Jamaican players of his generation and certainly will be remembered as an all-time great with Bolton Wanderers. Gardner joined Bolton in 1998 and has made 343 appearances and scored 21 goals for the club. A talented wing player with pace he established himself very quickly at Reebok Stadium. Gardner has scored some memorable goals for the club, including the opening goal against German side Bayern Munich in the 2007 UEFA Cup. Although Gardner went on loan to Preston North End last season, he will look to reclaim a starting position for the upcoming season. Stuart Holden, who plays for the United States Men's National Team, joined Bolton in January of 2010. Despite missing the final two months of this past season because of a knee injury suffered at Old Trafford on March 19 against Manchester United, Holden was still voted the 2011 Bolton Wanderers Player of the Year. Holden will not be able to play in Thursday's match as he continues his rehabilitation from the injury.
Forward: Kevin Davies is one of the most recognized Bolton players in recent memory joining the team after being released from Southampton in 2003. Davies rediscovered his form with the Trotters and immediately began scoring goals for the club. He's played so well in fact that Davies has been awarded the Bolton Player of the Year Award three times: 2004, 2008, and 2009. This will be Davies ninth season with the club and he will be looking to build on his 285 appearances and 62 goals for the club this upcoming season.
Fans may still purchase tickets for Thursday's match by calling the FC Tampa Bay ticket office at (813) 287-1539 or clicking here.
Tickets for the match start as low as $20.