Injury-ravaged midfielder Holden has torn right knee ligament from Gold Cup final
CHICAGO – U.S. national team member Stuart Holden has a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, yet another major knee injury for the unlucky midfielder.
Holden was hurt early in the Americans' 1-0 victory over Panama in the Gold Cup final on Sunday. He will consult with the medical staffs of U.S. Soccer and of the Bolton Wanderers, his England-based club, to formulate a treatment plan.
Holden took a knock on his left knee, but grabbed his right knee after he hit the ground. Trainers worked with him briefly on the field before he walked to the sideline, where they continued to work on him.
As Holden sat on the bench, his head buried in his hands, teammates patted him on the head and shoulders trying to console him.
He walked to the locker room a short time later, and was limping visibly when he rejoined his teammates for the victory ceremony.